Pat Rummerfield Bonneville update 2006-08-14

RUMMERFIELD RUN RUINED BY MECHANICAL PROBLEM BONNEVILLE, Utah (Aug. 14, 2006) -- Pat Rummerfield's attempt to break his own land speed record came to a premature finish due to engine trouble Monday. ...

RUMMERFIELD RUN RUINED BY MECHANICAL PROBLEM

BONNEVILLE, Utah (Aug. 14, 2006) -- Pat Rummerfield's attempt to break his own land speed record came to a premature finish due to engine trouble Monday.

Rummerfield, who lives in St. Louis, holds the record for the Blown Fuel Modified Roadster cars with three-liter engines and hoped to extend that mark this week on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

"It was something like a two-dollar part that kept us from getting a new record," Rummerfield said. "We're done until October."

Rummerfield completed one run in excess of 175 mph on the famed Salt Flats course. But on the return trip, needed to back up the first run and establish the record, a dashboard gauge gave a questionable reading and the run had to be abandoned. Later, when car owner Gil Gillis gave took the car on a shakedown run, the engine failed.

"I could have taken it up to 200 (mph) really easily," said Rummerfield. "The 175 reading was my average speed, so I was probably at 180 or 181 out the back door."

Gillis, the Camarillo, Calif. resident who holds land speed records himself, will also be unable to chase new records this month. While Rummerfield planned to go after the Blown Fuel Modified Roadster record, Gillis planned to chase the record for Blown Gasoline Modified Roadsters in the same vehicle.

Rummerfield, who is a member of the Explorers Club, is the Director of Development for the Kennedy Krieger Institute's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. He is the world's first fully functional quadriplegic. The land speed attempt is part of his effort to increase awareness of the search for ways to overcome spinal cord injuries. More information on the Center is available at www.spinalcordrecovery.org.

-credit: le

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