While the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is primarily known for Indycars, Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has done our part since 2011 to bring a hot rodder’s spirit to the Brickyard. While the 3rd Speedway Nationals September 20-22 will feature a healthy dose of early hot rods, customs, muscle cars and classics, it will also feature at least one land speed car – the historic “City of Burbank” streamliner.
Indy resident, Goodguys member and land speed enthusiast Dave Thomas built a tribute to the original City of Burbank ‘liner originally campaigned by George Hill and Bill Davis. That original car set the set a new SCTA Class B record in 1952 at over 230 mph – a record that eclipsed a German-held record since 1937. It was also featured on the cover of the November 1952 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. The original car was subsequently destroyed in 1955.
Thomas started building the new City of Burbank streamliner – a near exact replica of the original, just one year ago, finishing it up in time for this year’s 65th annual Speed Weeks in August. The car made it to the salt and ran under power the entire five-mile length of the course. While the top speed was well shy of that original 230mph, just seeing the car on the salt brought back many glorious memories and recaptured the spirit of what had been accomplished in the summer of ’52.
At the Goodguys 3rd Speedway Nationals, the City of Burbank streamliner will be on display in the court between the pavilion and north chalet. Make sure and stop by for an up close look at this rolling tribute to land speed racing history!
For more on this history of this important land speed car, click here