Another Bonneville Speed Weeks, another record for Lee Sicilio's "Twilight Zone" Dodge Charger Daytona, thanks to its Ray Barton-built Race Hemi.
Lee Sicilio, driving his "Twilight Zone" 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, elevated the A/Blown Gas Altered (A/BGALT) class record at this year's Bonneville Speed Weeks. It's the 12th class record he's set on the Salt with a Ray Barton Race Engines-built Hemi since 2000.
His clocking of 273.514 miles per hour blew away the prior A/BGALT record by over 16 mph.
Sicilio, from Fort Worth, Texas, said “Our fastest trap speed of 283+ mph occurred at the five-mile marker. Though the air was pretty bad with a density altitude in the 6,500 to 7,000 foot range, I ran a 2.00:1 rear end ratio with a 1:1 fifth gear in the transmission on my last run. This was the only record we attempted this year.”
Ray Barton Race Engines completed Sicilio’s 498-inch Race Hemi earlier this year. “Since about 2000, I’ve been running Ray Barton engines, and in that time we have succeeded in capturing 12 world land speed records."
(Complete Bonneville Speed Weeks class record info is available at the Southern California Timing Association/Bonneville Nationals Inc. website, http://www.scta-bni.org/)
(Courtesy Lee Sicilio & Ray Barton Race Engines)