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Salt Flats Racing - Stupidbaker

In 2012, a long time friend and customer approached us about building a car that could set a record at Bonneville. After more than 20 years building cars from the ground up, this was a great opportunity to try our hand at something other than cars meant for the street.

The result was Stupidbaker. Based on a 1953 Studebaker, we engineered a tube-built racing chassis and skinned it for aerodynamics, while adhering the rules of the Southern California Timing Association. The car was constructed from the ground up by Alan Johnson and the team at Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop and the engine was built by Keith Dorton at his team at Automotive Specialists.

We took the car to the salt flats for Speed Week in 2013 for a shakedown session. We ran a 228 on a record of 265.218 mph in the CGCC class (306-372 cubic inch(C), unblown Gas Competition Coupe). We’ve already been to the wind tunnel and the chassis dyno in preparation for the 2015 Bonneville Speed Week, which is August 9-15. (Unfortunately, the 2014 Speed Week was a complete rain out.)

Below you’ll find the most recent news and you can follow the team on Facebook.
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Stupidbaker Racing News
from the shop
Heading to The Salt in Less Than a Month
Wade Caldwell
The time is nearing for the pilgrimage to Bonneville Speed Week - August 8-14. That means we are making a list of party supplies and checking it twice. Oh yeah, we're getting Stupidbaker and the pit equipment ready to go, too.
Headed to Indianapolis
Wade Caldwell
Stupidbaker has been invited to be the centerpiece car in the ARP booth at the upcoming PRI show in Indianapolis. The Performance Racing Industry tradeshow is the largest racing-focused trade show in the world and is attended by racers, speed merchants, car builders and engine builders from all over the world. If you're already going, stop by the ARP booth and say hello.
from the salt
A Photo From This Morning
Chris Raschke - 9/13/2014
A quick photo of Stupidbaker with the tow bar attached, prior to the first run of the day.
from the salt
SPEED UPDATE: Continuing to Increase Speed — Seldom Seen Slim
The Studebaker made a fine run just now from the 3 mile through the end of the course -- sounded tasty going past the timing tower. 209.475 mile / 214.603 exit
[If you want to follow along throughout the day, follow the link above. Jon is on the salt posting all day and there is even an streaming audio feed. If you like it, you can make a donation at the top of the page]
from the salt
UPDATE: Saturday, Run 2
Wade Caldwell
Here's the announced speeds: Mile speed: 220.407 / Exit speed: 225.700
from the salt
Don Enriquez Takes a Few Runs
Wade Caldwell - 9/12/2014 6:01 PM CT
Stupidbaker is starting things off slowly with new driver Don Enriquez to get him some important seat time.
The first of two runs was just completed at a speed of around 130 mph. He started the run at the 3 mile and went to through the timed mile at mile 6.
The plan is for one more run today, increasing the length by a mile and picking the speed up a little. More news as we get it.
from the shop
Headed Back to Bonneville
Wade Caldwell
We are going to head to Bonneville for Mike Cook's Shootout on September 12-16. It's a small meet that should give us some good opportunities to go after the record.
from the salt
Standing Water Cancels Speed Week
SCTA — August 9, 2014
"The SCTA Board is currently on the salt, and has determined that the standing water will not dry in time for us to hold our annual Speed Week event. The Board is also discussing the possibility of extending our next event - World Finals (Sep 30 - Oct 3) into a full week of racing as a sort of delayed Speed Week. We Thank You all for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you at our next event."
[click the link for some pretty amazing photos of the trailers out on "the Salt."]
from the shop
Stupidbaker on the Chassis Dyno
Wade Caldwell
Alan took Stupidbaker to the chassis dyno and recorded this video. The engine sounds amazing and the video has been getting a ton of traffic on Facebook.
from the shop
New Race Trailer in the Work
Last year we used a car hauler that Alan uses to go to the trade shows and car shows. It wasn't the greatest for working on the salt. This year, we are taking a new trailer that we are setting up specifically for the salt.