SO-CAL Speed Shop Limited Edition Belly Tank Diecast Model

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1:18 scale limited edition and numbered SO-CAL Belly Tank Lakester diecast model. A summary of the “Most Honored Car in the History of Bonneville” It’s not too often that a record can stand the test of time today, but Alex Xydias accomplished that when he built and campaigned the So-Cal Belly Tanker in 1951 at Bonneville. Alex was looking for a good way to put his speed shop on the map in Southern California. The So-Cal Speed Shop Belly Tanker was built using a surplus P-38 fuel tank as its body. In August of ‘48, a massaged Ford 156 inch, built by non other than Vic Edelbrock Sr. was installed and set a class record of 130.155. The Southern California Timing Association created a special class for these fuel tank cars calling them “lakesters”. Later at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Alex and the So-Cal team used the V8-60 to set a class record at 145.395. They then installed a larger 259 inch Mercury flat head and again, set a new class record at 181.085. Then the set yet another class record at 195.77 setting a one-way speed of 198.34 mph. That one-way speed still stands firm for the fastest speed ever achieved by a normally-aspirated flat head-powered car.

 

 

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