1941 Studebaker Hits 201 Miles Per Hour


A group of Heartland men rebuilt a 1941 Studebaker. They took it to the Bonneville Salt Flats with one goal -- to go more than 200 miles per hour.

Last summer, they succeeded as 81-year-old driver, George Roseland, officially hit 201 miles per hour. Sam Hornish Senior, patriarch of the Hornish racing family and collector of vintage racing vehicles, saw the story on the internet and bought the car.

Hornish said, "Being a young teenager growing up reading stories in hot rod magazines about the Bonneville Salt Flats. It's just something that popped up on eBay. There was this crew to go along to Bonneville. Why not?"

So, Sam and the South Omaha Boys planned a return trip to Bonneville this summer and Sam would drive, after some special training for an emergency exit.

Driver George Roseland said, "The hardest part of this whole thing is what we call the bailout. Getting in and out. You've got to be in it. You've got to be ready to go. Then the guy stands in front of the car and yells, 'Fire.' You've got to get away from the car as soon as you can."

The practice paid off. Roseland admits Hornish gets out of the car better than he does.

Hornish said, "It was one of the things that was on my bucket list that I didn't even know was in the bucket."

The crew told Dave Webber they started with a slower car and then switched to the 1941 Studebaker. They tried reaching their goal with a younger driver; however, the best he could do was 176 miles per hour.


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