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Monday, February 15, 2010

Southern California Timing Association Meet - 1948

The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) is the organization that sponsors land speed trials, including those at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.  The Hemmings blog found this set of color photographs from a 1948 SCTA meet.  

The top car is a "tank" car, built from the external "belly tank" of a World War II fighter aircraft used to extend the plane's operational range.  Just after WWII, someone figured out the aerodynamic shape would increase speed on land just as in the air, and an entire new class of speed trial cars was born. 

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