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Joel Young

Joel Young

LAND SPEED RECORD BREAKER

Phoenix resident Joel Young recently shattered a record during Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and he did it using what for most would probably be the absolute last engine that would come to mind. Best of all, he broke his own record in the class, which he has held since 2010.

Joel races his vintage AIRAID-sponsored streamliner in the BFS/V4F class, which stands for Blown Fuel Streamliner / Vintage 4 Cylinder Flat Head. His car was originally built in the 1970s and was powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine. Joel acquired the car in 2008 and completely rebuilt it from the ground up, eventually installing the unique powerplant that would propel him to the record-setting 214.749 mph run, including an exit speed of 225.262 mph! So what is the engine? It is a turbocharged four-cylinder flathead from a 1927 Ford Model T. This means that Joel successfully built an engine that propelled a car over 6 times faster than what it was originally designed to do!