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Bonneville Speed Week 1998

Bob Seim drives the G.E. Forge Honda car to a new 1998
J/PRO land speed record of 89.832 MPH

Bonneville, Utah
August 21, 1998

Bob Seim sets a new 1998 Bonneville J/PRO world land speed record.
See details below.


The Car & Engine 

  • 1971 stock Honda car (N600), stock aerodynamics.
  • Modified (667cc) engine with Kawasaki 10+:1 pistons, MegaCycle cams, electric oil pump (enhanced top end lubrication)
  • 2 - 36 mm carburetors on stock manifold
  • Design red line at 8,000 RPM
  • Calculated 41 BHP at front wheels
  • Stock tires - 65 PSI on stock 10" rims
  • 3 point race harness
  • Stock seats
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Previous J/PRO Bonneville land speed record:
    "Blue Zoo Two" - Larry Stoufuss - July 1995 - 86.935 MPH
  • Previous J/PRO El Mirage land speed record:
    B. Jucewic - May 01, 1993 - 72.838 MPH

Team Players

Bob Seim - Chief Mechanic, Driver, Engineer, Product Designer/Developer, and several other titles.
Aaron Seim - June 2001, El Mirage land speed record driver.
Dave Plagmann - The other Mechanical Genius, "If it can't be fixed with a hammer, it's electrical."
Eric Avilar - Eric accompanied Bob to Bonneville as Bob's trusted assistant.
Bob Garner - G.E. Forge owner, "It's his money we're spending, sure hope he's happy 'bout all this!"

 


pic #3
The G.E. Forge Racing Team arrives at the Bonneville Salt Flats for "Speed Week 1998."
 Eric Avelar, Bob's trusted assistant. Eric was Bob's only technical/administrative/photographic help during Speed Week.
Urban ASALT pic The "Urban ASALT" vehicle on the Bonneville salt flats for "Speed Week 1998."
pic #3 Course Marshal telling Bob, "Look dude, I know a sleeper when I see one ... NO salt roosters and NO wheel spin ruts from this thing ... OK !!!"
pic #4 Bob ignoring the Course Marshall's stearn orders and "ruts a deep one."
pic #5 The competition, Larry Stoufuss' 1971 "Z" coupe. Going into "Speed Week" '98, Larry held the J/PRO record at 86.935 MPH (est. 1995).
pic #9 The Bonneville sun sets behind the "Urban ASALT" vehicle."
pic #6 "Urban ASALT" back home at the G.E. Forge shop in Grover Beach, CA..
Pictured from left to right:
Bob Garner
Dave Plagmann
Bob Seim
Eric Avilar

Run History - Bonneville Speed Week - August 15-21, 1998
J/PROduction Class

Run #
Date
Time of Run
Speed - MPH
Remarks
1
Aug. 15
1354
78.792
Couldn't pull 4th.
2
Aug. 15
1719
85.818
Another 1.2 MPH gets a record.
3
Aug. 16
1019
78.190
Course closed - winds +10 MPH
4
Aug. 16
AM
n/a
turned out due to engine tuning problems
5
Aug. 16
1319
80.802
Carb settings
6
Aug. 16
1638
86.875
This is the setup - need wind cooperation
7
Aug. 16
1811
83.191
Nope - not yet
8
Aug. 17
0853
91.200
Qualifies for new record. "Blue Zoo Two" also runs a 91.200.
9
Aug. 18
?
?
Head winds, could not estab. New record
10
Aug. 18
?
n/a
Turned out - too lean
11
Aug. 18
1109
85.881
"Blue Zoo" backs up the record. New record is 89.255 MPH.
12
Aug. 18
1600
89.582
Qualifies for new record.
13
Aug. 19
0801
86.067
Can't back it up - bummer ! (head wind didn't help)
14
Aug. 19
0928
88.186
Cont. head winds
15
Aug. 19
1024
84.326
Not pulling revs.
16
Aug. 19
1119
87.870
Engine getting tired
17
Aug. 19
1612
84.769
Cont. head winds
18
Aug. 20
0832
86.778
Head wind not helping … new fuel might help
19
Aug. 20
1215
83.869
carb. adjustments
20
Aug. 20
1527
89.966
Qualifies for new record. Must back up on last day. "Blue Zoo" goes home with the 89.255 record on the books.
21
Aug. 21
0741
89.699

Yes - avg. of the two runs is 89.832 MPH
New 1998 Bonneville land speed record


G.E. Forge & Tool would like to thank the following supporters:
Kirby's Motorcycles and Machining
All required machining
32nd Parallel
Plastic & glue
Central Coast Powder Coatings
Frame and assorted parts
Classic Tee's
Car graphics
Deist Safety Equipment
Safety harness and support gear
Mr. R.L. Blair
Motivation Facilitator, "Can I get my trailer back now?"
Bits & Pieces Motorcycle Parts Supplier
Networking geniuses
Honda Motor Corporation
1998 - Celebrating 50 years in motorcycle production
Southern Calif. Timing Assoc.
Sanctioning organization
Page designer
Tonya Miller
"OK, when's it gonna be my turn to set a record?"