This past weekend, rookie driver Eric Swarr ventured onto a mile long WWII-vintage Army airbase strip in Maxton, NC with one goal in mind: set an East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) Blown Fuel Super Street land speed record. His ammunition? A 2006 Ford GT Supercar, owned by Bob Self and sponsored by AmericanMuscle and Swarr Automotive.
Nearly everyone is familiar with the concept of land speed records, and for the most part, when you hear about a really eye popping speed run, it’s coming from Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Here’s a little trivia factoid. The quest for land speed records actually started on the East Coast in the 1920’s and 30’s on the hard sands of Daytona Beach, Fl. When most speed trials started moving out West, a void was left on the East Coast. ECTA was formed to fill that void, and they selected an abandoned runway in Maxton, NC as the staging ground for speed record runs.
Saturday and early Sunday runs by Swarr were part of the ECTA rookie development program. He first had to make 125 MPH and 150 MPH runs on Saturday, to satisfy ECTA that he could safely pilot the vehicle. On Sunday, he made one last development run of 175 MPH, and then was given a single opportunity to open it up, and break 200 MPH. And open it up he did…
Not only did Eric join ECTA’s 200 MPH club; on his last timing run, Eric shattered the existing Class B/BFSS record of 199.826 MPH, clocking in at 205.9 MPH on special tires provided by AmericanMuscle. When asked about any special preps for his high speed run on Sunday, Eric said, “All we did was check air pressures, and gave the car a good look-over. It was the same setup as I was running on Saturday.”
The Ford GT Supercar was sporting 862 RWHP when Eric popped the clutch and screamed down the bumpy, mile-long Maxton track tarmac. Around 30 seconds after putting the car in motion, he released the drag chute, and claimed the record. “We did this without even running a twin turbo, or removing the valve covers,” Swarr beamed. His record run will be detailed in an upcoming issue of Hot Rod Magazine. His only regret? “The onboard camera didn’t capture the run – we thought it was rolling, but it wasn’t.”
Congratulations to the Swarr and Self team – AmericanMuscle is always pleased to be a part of such a thrilling event!