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Worlds fastest Sunbeam

Discussion in 'Rootes Racing' started by sunbeam74, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. sunbeam74

    sunbeam74 Donation Time

    An E-mail I recieved today:

    The Short of it: Today, Dr Mayf (aka, Larry Mayfield) of Pahrump, NV has driven his Sunbeam (…shall we say…â€modified†Series V Alpine) to a speed of 204.912 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, NV, during the World of Speed event, Sept 16, 2010 to finally beat the 203.792 mph speed that Sir Henry Segrave ran in 1927 as the land speed record on the sands of Daytona Beach in his wire wheel, chain driven Sunbeam. Larry/DrMayf has been working for this day since he bought a rust bucket Alpine from a neighbor when he was working in Huntsville, AL in late summer of 1997. Needless to say he and his lovely wife/best friend/crew chief/co-owner/and many other titles and hats, Cathy are ecstatic.

    I must add, he was only running to pass the 1927 Land Speed Record and become the World’s Fastest Sunbeam, and he’s done it!!!

    His website: http://www.mayfco.com/msports.htm
     
  2. RootesRooter

    RootesRooter Platinum Level Sponsor

    Congrats, Dr. Mayfield!!
     
  3. RootesRooter

    RootesRooter Platinum Level Sponsor

    In previous emails from the Dr., he wrote that for years he had been running the stock, peaked headlight rims on his LSR attempts. I wonder if it it was the switch to the late, non-peaked style rims that gave him the fractional edge to put him over the top?
     
  4. RootesRooter

    RootesRooter Platinum Level Sponsor

  5. Ken Ellis

    Ken Ellis Platinum Level Sponsor

    Ahh... the extremely rare Mae West headlight surround.

    Ken
     
  6. socorob

    socorob Donation Time

    Someone should repro those in glass
     
  7. Rodewaryer

    Rodewaryer Donation Time

    This is huge. I mean really huge. WOW!!

    As someone said on the other forum, aside from the OTT feeling this gives and how grand an undertaking this was and successfully achieved, for the Alpine to still basically have the standard shape.....is, well, quite a surprise. The icing on the cake is that it's an Alpine.
     
  8. John W

    John W Platinum Level Sponsor

    Hook, line, and headlight rim. Seven years later. Not much I can say.
     
  9. crs

    crs Donation Time

    Outstanding ! :cool: :eek::rolleyes: :)
     
  10. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Donation Time

    I remember watching him on some cable channel episode at the salt lake, maybe Speedvision? I'll bet that was his first year on the salt.
    Jan
     
  11. Charles Johns

    Charles Johns Gold Level Sponsor

    Obviously I am not too good at posting a reply or pictures...another disgrace to be added to the above shame.
     
  12. Charles Johns

    Charles Johns Gold Level Sponsor

    I tried to congratulate the good Doctor belatedly, but somehow hit the wrong button.
     

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