Geoff Stilwell, Owner/Driver of the record-holding 7707 Land Speed Racecar announced two awards garnered at the recent Grand National Roadster Show. “It has been a tough couple of years for land speed racing,” said Geoff, CEO and MD of Beech Underwriting Agencies Ltd which is based in Maidstone. “We were only able to attend one event last year at El Mirage which is up in the desert north east of Los Angeles where we successfully made licensing and check out passes.
It was therefore great fun to be able to travel to the USA and get the car out and be a part of the award winning “Mick’s Paint” (www.mickspaint.com) display at this year’s Grand National Roadster Show celebrating its 72nd year at the Pomona Fairplex in Los Angeles, California.
As Geoff said, “Showing is not like racing, there is no clear winner, nevertheless, we managed to get first place in the Unlimited class and received the award for overall winner of “Outstanding Engineering” out of over 600 cars”. The latter accolade is a huge testament to the crew at Mick’s who built and maintain the car including engine builder John Beck, Donny Cummins, Paul Bowman, Steve Davies, Mickey Larson, Pauly Rivera, Robin ‘Silky’ Silk, Tony Thacker and team leader Mick Jenkins.
7707 is also supported by our UK crew Nick Davies, Rob Loaring and Scott Barnes of I.C.E. Automotive based near Silverstone, Ron Hope’s Rat Trap Racing and CARS Recon Inc., and Mick’s Paint the builder/painter of the car.
The teams current plans are to attend the following races:-
May 14-15 event at El Mirage
August 6th – 12th at Bonneville Speedweek in Utah
November 12th-14th at El Mirage
Based on a highly modified 1927 Ford Roadster, 7707 is a purpose-built land speed racer that currently holds the A/Blown Fuel Rear-engine Modified Roadster Land speed record at 258.569 mph. 7707 was built entirely at Mick’s Paint, Pomona, CA, and features a 496 ci Brad Anderson-based engine built by John Beck of Vintage Hot Rod Design & Fabrication, Chico, CA. The 5,000 hp engine features Bill Miller pistons and rods, a Blower Shop 14-71 supercharger with an Enderle injector and MSD ignition. Racepak Data Computer systems collects all the data. The transmission is made by B & J of Utah, USA and is a 2-speed feeding the power to a Winters quick-change rear axle which is especially made for the car.