Summertime Display of Famous Lakes Racers at Museum

May 19, 2009

Bill Burke's lakes racers

Imagine driving toward speeds of 200mph in cars made out of war-surplus fuel tanks. Well, these guys did it back in the 50s. So, with a little help from Uncle Sam, these hot rodder's were well on their way to setting records and making hot rod history.  

Join us at the Museum this summer to check out one of the many unsung heroes of hot rodding honored with a display of two of his most famous race cars. Known as the father of the belly tank, lakes racer Bill Burke was the first guy to see the potential of racing a surplus wing tank albeit with a bicycle seat welded directly to the driveshaft—it went 131 mph in 1946.

            For ever experimenting, Bill really made a name for himself with “Super Shaker” a fiberglass-bodied ‘liner powered by an 88-cubic-inch Harley that went 151 mph in 1959. The following year he fielded the “Pumpkin Seed” another ‘liner that propelled him into the 200 MPH Club with a Falcon 6 motor. Later, with a Tempest 4-cylinder on loan from Mickey Thompson, Bill ran 264 mph.

            Both the Super Shaker restored by Jerry Weeks Baker and the Pumpkin Seed restored by Jim Travis will be on display at the museum throughout the summer.

           Another famous lakes tank racer on display is the So-Cal Speed Shop Belly Tank. This is a must-see for everyone.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Building 3A
Pomona CA, 91768.

The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day)

For more information, please call our Museum desk at 909-622-2133.



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