Dave Spangler of Dana Point, Calif., became a member of the 300-mph club Monday when he broke his own record in the Team Vesco-Nish C-Gas Streamliner.
Spangler was clocked at 302.600 mph over the seven-mile course during the 47th annual Bonneville National Speed Trials. Spangler set the old record of 295.802 mph 10 years ago in the same car.Because of poor salt conditions, the race was moved to a northeastern corner of the flats. This allowed for only a seven-mile track.
"On a 12-mile course, this car can do 315," Spangler said.
Since 1984, the 22-foot long, 34-inch tall car has put four drivers into the Bonneville 200 mph club, including the car's Utah owners, Rick Vesco and Terry Nish.
The battery-powered car driven by Lloyd Healey of Converse, Tex., became the fastest vehicle in its class with a run of 157.59.
Also, Ron Christensen of Salt Lake City, opened a new class, blown gas altered with a time of 102.732 mph.
There were several 200 mph records set on Monday. The speed trials continue through Friday.