Despite a bit of rain on the Salt Flats on Wednesday, Mike Nish piloted the Royal Purple streamliner to 335 mph at the 62nd annual running of Bonneville Speed Week. The team will have to match or exceed the same speed on Thursday to be the land speed record holders for the vehicle's class.
Nish, 50, along with his father Terry and brothers Jeff and J.T., have long-been known as Utah's fastest family. The Nish's streamliner, which competes in the nonsupercharged-engine category, hit a top speed of 335.348 mph at the third mile of the long track on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 18. It was the Nish's sixth run down the course during Speed Week, which began on Saturday and continues through Friday.
The streamliner had to remain parked in the "Impound" area, instead of being towed back to the pits, while the team worked on the car.
From the starting line, Nish got a push to about 50 mph, because the streamliner has no lower gears. Nish, who has been competitively racing since 1975, said the team's goal is to reach 350 mph on the track.
"If I can get from the starting line to the half-mile mark 15 miles per hour faster, I think we'll get there," Nish said.