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BigV 03-26-2017 11:48 PM

I've heard them in hydroplanes on Lake Washington. Holy shit. The name, "Thunderboats" was an understatement. I reckon building a boat to handle that power was in many ways easier than building a car. I imagine cavitation around the prop would be big problem, but spinning the prop? No problem.

xoxoxoBruce 03-27-2017 11:01 PM

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The first certified suspended roller coaster in 1902. Ride up the incline then spiral down suspended in the little capsule of death. That way if the ride malfunctions they just bury the capsule without delaying the waiting capsules. :rolleyes:

xoxoxoBruce 03-29-2017 11:38 PM

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An Aussie in America...

BigV 03-30-2017 12:01 AM


So, like a rally? The closest to the pin wins? one and a half miles per hour difference separating sixteen vehicles doesn't seem like a lot. But 16,416 ten-thousandths is some truly wide open spaces.

xoxoxoBruce 03-30-2017 12:34 AM

The Nevada Open Road Challenge runs in May, and The Silver State Classic runs in Sept. They are Identical races with the same rules over the same 90 mile stretch of public road. The only thing that's changed much since 1988 (classic), and 1991 (challenge) is the safety standards are much higher. Of course the speeds in unlimited class have gone up, a pubic hair under 210mph, with a high trap of 233 mph, in a Chevy Monte Carlo last year.

xoxoxoBruce 03-30-2017 02:20 AM

I just found that Monte carlo doing 233mph.

Gravdigr 03-30-2017 04:20 PM

I do not think that car was going 233 mph.

I have no personal reference for a speed such as that, but...

xoxoxoBruce 03-30-2017 06:21 PM

Do you understand the scale of the picture, it be yuge.

BigV 03-30-2017 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 985550)
I do not think that car was going 233 mph.

I have no personal reference for a speed such as that, but...


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 985577)
Do you understand the scale of the picture, it be yuge.

Perhaps I can be of assistance.

I recognize that road. It appears to be the same one we traveled during the California road trip. Here are a couple pics from the driver's seat.

I took this pic from the driver's seat, just marveling at the unending stretch of straight, if not perfectly flat highway. That rolls out a LOOOONG way, brother. And this little camera takes nice pics, I always have to resize them down to fit them onto the cellar.
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Now, take a look at this one in my editor, I've zoomed in to the "100%" scale, that means, just straight out of the camera, no real zooming. Look at the tiny box in the middle that is represented in the main window. I've outlined the areas, you'll get it.

Look at that stretch of road, willya?
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Undertoad 03-30-2017 11:09 PM

youtube had this video in the autoplay and in it they claim 240 on a similar highway (in this case closed for the event, i believe)

based on just the reaction of the folks in the video i think it may well be 240.

xoxoxoBruce 03-30-2017 11:57 PM

They have mislabeled it as the Silver State or the wrong month. Probably called it the Silver State when it was actually the Nevada Challenge. The Silver State. same highway, same rules, but in September when it's hotter hence a tad slower. But remember, in all but unlimited class they have a specific mph average they're shooting for over 90 miles. I know from my own travels in the great wide open, I'd drive all day at 80 and after a gas stop end up with a 55 or 60 average. So at times they had to hot foot much faster, like that transit van traveling at 164.

Looked it up, it was the Nevada Challenge in 2012, Jim Peruto, 2006 Dodge Charger, avg 217.5570, high trap 243.7.

Griff 03-31-2017 03:41 PM

I wonder at what speed would I chicken out? Well south of 200mph, I'd assume. I think my top speed ever was like 120mph. I was more concerned with picking up police protection that time... :dunce:

xoxoxoBruce 03-31-2017 06:11 PM

It kind of depends on the scenery, with poles, buildings and trees rushing by it's scary, but where it's open it seems less threatening. None of my vehicles would do over 160 so I don't know where my limit(read lack of judgement) is. :blush:

xoxoxoBruce 04-07-2017 09:59 PM

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This hurts...

xoxoxoBruce 04-08-2017 03:25 PM

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The tractor is called a Clear View. I looks to me like the operator has indeed a clear view of everything except where the work is being done... behind the tractor. :eyebrow:

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