Vintage car clips 200mph during salt-flat speed trial

A Tideswell man has taken a vintage car across the Atlantic to Bonneville, California, where it achieved 200mph during speed trials.

Colin Walker and his crew brought the 1961 MGA back to life and entered it into Bonneville Speed Week despite an expedition beset with personal, logistical and mechanical problems.

Car owner, Colin, 64, was forced to fly back to Manchester when his wife was taken ill and the car almost never made it to the meet when the group’s tow truck broke down en-route.

Colin said: “By the time I got back I had missed all the rock and roll stuff. For the first two days the car was completely buried in people wanting to look at it.

“People were interested in it because it does not really look like a speed car and they liked the fact that it was original.”

And, after a small problem with the car’s fuel pump, when it came to the crunch the custom hotrod, driven by friend Dave Chapman and worked on by Colin’s cousin, Steve Walker, held its own when many others were coming unstuck.

“The car ran faultlessly,” said Colin. “But the salt condition was not good due to mining extraction in the area and quite a few people span off at high speed.

“Dave drove really well and carefully and just clipped 200mph on the final run of the day.”

The crew hope to take a shot at the Bonneville 223mph record at some point in the future.