Rummerfield sets record at Bonneville

RUMMERFIELD SETS RECORD AT BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS BONNEVILLE, Utah (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Land speed driver Pat Rummerfield added another world record to his amazing life Sunday when he established the F Modified fuel-powered mark at...

RUMMERFIELD SETS RECORD AT BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

BONNEVILLE, Utah (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Land speed driver Pat Rummerfield added another world record to his amazing life Sunday when he established the F Modified fuel-powered mark at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

"We broke a record," Rummerfield said Sunday morning. "That's what we came here to do."

Rummerfield drove the Xtreme Freedom Special to an F Modified Class record for fuel cars with an average speed of 119.79 mph. The original plan was to chase the class record for gasoline-powered cars, which is in excess of 250 mph. But the course conditions were difficult and when the team, headed by car owner Gil Gillis, learned the fuel record was open, the plan changed.

The speed Rummerfield established, 119.79 mph, represents the average speed of two runs recorded by the car. It was the second time Rummerfield established a record at Bonneville. He established a record for electric cars several years ago. The Southern California Timing Association certifies the speeds.

"I wish the car was able to perform up to what we know it can do," Rummerfield said. "The track was so rough, it just wasn't to be."

Rummerfield said organizers worked on the course around the clock, attempting to smooth the famous salt flats.

Rummerfield vowed that the team would return to Utah in October to chase the gasoline-powered record.

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.

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