The Bonneville "Learbus"

Gallery Article by H. Davis Gandees on Jan 2 2021

Silly Week 2021

 

      

What do you do with a worn out, high time Learjet? Remove its wings and stabilizers and build a 10 seat, streamliner type jet powered racer to give paying customers the experience of racing on the Bonneville salt flats at 250 m.p.h. plus speed.

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A tricycle type layout with forged aluminum wheels and high- pressure racing tires replace the original retractable landing gear. The cockpit is gutted and a single central driver seat and instrument panel give the driver critical engine and speed data. 

What a thrill to speed across the lake bed in airconditioned comfort strapped into plush leather seats. A flat screen on the forward bulkhead would give passengers a driverís view ahead. Maybe this isnít such a silly idea after all!

H. Davis Gandees

Photos and text © by H. Davis Gandees