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EAAer Builds 300 Mph Car

Dan Marcotte set a personal best of 300.1 mph on an individual run in his Streamliner.

Dan best average speed was 297 mph. Photos courtesy of Dan Marcotte

December 2, 2010 Dan Marcotte, EAA 9014538 IAC 432358, is a busy man with many talents:  master welder, fabricator, welding instructor, A&P mechanic - oh, and air show pilot. He tours the country performing in an Ultimate Biplane and an EAA Super AcroSport, but his entry into motorsports began at 16 years old, when he built his first stock car in Bakersfield, Vermont. By 2003 Dan was also make noise in the air by winning a 4th place Bronze at Reno in his Cassut Racer. Dan’s speed has been building since he became involved in land speed racing, culminating in an October attempt in his Streamliner, which achieved 300 mph at the 2010 World Finals at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Dan Marcotte likes to build things and it started with his first stock car, which he raced on the dirt ovals of rural Vermont as a teenager. By 2001 he built an open-wheeled Lakester land racer that reached more than 200 mph. Since then, between air shows, races at Reno, and his welding and fabricating business, he started building a car in 2003 to compete in the Land Racer Streamliner class (Lakester and Streamliner are just two of many land racer classes).

In October Dan and his team headed to the Bonneville Salt Flats to break the record in the Streamliner Supercharged Gas class (less than 500 cubic inches). The car features at GM big block 500-cubic-inch engine, capable of 1,000 hp at elevation and up to 1,450 at sea level. The 2009 record stood at 279 mph. However, as they set up in  Utah, the record had been increased to 287 mph. Dan’s top two runs clocked speeds of 294 and 300.1 mph for an average of 297, which was a great achievement for the team, but fell short of the record that Dan says has since been pushed to more than 320 mph.


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