GETTING READY FOR RECORD BREAKING
In this painting
artistic license has been employed to depict a scene typical of early
Bonneville and Dry Lakes racing. The Gus Automotive RPU has been used
to trailer the King & Hanson belly tank to Bonneville for an attempt at
breaking and setting new records. Don Montgomery states, in his book Authentic
Hot Rods, "this tank ran in the A Streamliner Class using a V8-60 with
Edelbrock manifold, filled heads, Winfield cam and Kong Ignition. It's
best time in 1948 was 112.92 mph. They usually finished second in the
class behind the record holder Alex Xydias and the So-Cal Speed Shop tank."
Seen in the background is the Palm-Conkle class B roadster that set a
best time of 134.73 mph in 1948. The Gus Rollin's RPU has recently been
resurrected to look just as you see it in the painting by Custom Automotive
of Loveland Colo. The belly tank still exists in amazingly well preserved
condition awaiting future restoration.