Bill Summers RIP

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Bill Summers RIP

Post by DHEMI » Fri May 13, 2011 12:27 am

Just read over at the SCTA site that Bill passed away this morning.

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Re: Bill Summers RIP

Post by scottm » Sat May 21, 2011 3:48 pm


Brit-beating land-speed-record holder Bill Summers is dead at 75 ... dead-at-75
In 1965, with a shiny, gold streamliner they'd built in a shed — and four Hemi V8s — brothers Bill and Bob "Butch" Summers ended the longstanding British rule over the wheel-driven land-speed record. Bill Summers died last week at 75.
It was called Goldenrod; the name came from its lancelike profile and paintjob, but more important was the small frontal area that allowed it to pierce the air. Before Goldenrod, most wheel-driven land-speed cars, like the Bluebird CN7 in which Campbell had reached 403.135 mph in 1964 — had their engines side-by-side. In a masterwork of packaging, the Summers placed four, fuel-injected, naturally aspirated Chrysler Hemi V8s, totaling 3,000hp, in a single line. The front two engines drove the front wheels, the rear drove the rear wheels.
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