Last Call: A Very Low Point

Land speed record cars tend to be low, pointy, claustrophobia-inducing things. And nothing seems lower or more claustrophobic than this famous belly-tanker built by Roy Fjastad for Don “Beachcomber” Johnson, circa 1961. If it looks scary here, can you imagine what it was like at more than 247 MPH?
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8 responses to “Last Call: A Very Low Point”

  1. outback_ute Avatar

    I’m surprised they didn’t add fairings for the cylinder heads, or discs for the wheels – might have got 250!

  2. Fred Avatar

    And I thought my Lotus was small. At least I sit above the tires!

  3. Alff Avatar

    This is why they are called the greatest generation

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      On bias-ply tires, no less.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Bias-ply is still The Shit for straight line performance.

  4. 0A5599 Avatar

    I had a friend who bought the raw components (namely, a belly tank and various mix–and-match driveline components) to attempt to build one of these. Unfortunately, he didn’t live long enough to see his dreams through.

  5. mdharrell Avatar

    I imagine it could have gone faster if it hadn’t been towing that ’57 Ford.