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The 36hp Challenge Speed Record Data

Vintage-Volkswagen based Land Speed Record Racing


This is a work-in-progress. Currently all the latest data is under the 2011 heading. Earlier dates need to be populated with data!

Please help point out errors or omissions! This is a volunteer effort!

Racing Results

2011 - (as of March 15, 2011)

NA36 Record and TOP OVERALL 36hp BUG SPEED
2009 106.514 mph 66 BUG Tom Bruch/Anderson Bonneville,UT New Age S/PBruchrasa 1378cc Turbo

2011-class definitions

BASIC ENGINE: 36hp (25hp) engine case (block) with stock 36hp cylinder head studs in stock locations(8mm studs O.K.), original VW 36hp head, Okrasa, Denzel and new Wolfsburg West Okrasa replica aftermarket 36hp heads with or without modifications are allowed(no 1200-1600cc or Porsche based heads!). All engine sheet metal, to include a functioning generator and cooling fan are mandatory in all engine classes (except "1" Club & Unlimited) along with stock 36hp or period 36hp aluminum valve covers and gaskets (replica alloy valve covers for 36hp heads are O.K.!). Transmission must be a Volkswagen 4 speed swing(non-synchro or full-synchro) or I.R.S. original or modified Bug transmission (five speed conversions and Hewland style transmissions not permissible!). The front end may be lowered using commonly available VW axle beams, spindles or devices excluding NARROWED axle beams in ALL classes except the "1"Club and Unlimited categories! Rear sway bars or camber compensators are acceptable and Moon Disc style hub cabs, when securely installed following USFRA, ECTA, LTA, Texas Mile, or DRLA guidelines may be used in ALL classes. Above guidelines DO NOT APPLY to cars running for "1"CLUB recognition ONLY except where mandated by the sanctioningbody!
NOTE: Nitrous systems are not allowed in 36hp Challenge cars or 130 Mile Per Hour Club categories ! ! !
SS36 (Stone Stock) -Stock 36hp engine with single 28 PCI carburetor with no modifications except VW venturi and jet replacements. Must be equipped with a stock VW style dual tip exhaust system and tips, VW air cleaner, VW Bosch branded distributor and coil(Pertronix Ignitor, full flow oil system, engine balancing and three angle valve cuts are O.K.!). Extractor exhaust systems not allowed! No cylinder head porting, displacement or camshaft upgrades are permissible. 12 volt electrical systems are O.K. !
SSS36 (Super Stock Single)-Modified singleport 36hp engine with single 28PCI carburetor. Requires any Bosch distributor and coil. No displacement, camshaft, carburetor modification or header limitations.
DSS36 (Dual Super Stock)-Pre 1965 period style dual or single dual throat carburetors systems, using pre-1965 carburetors only(Weber 48 IDA and replica carburetors are considered pre-65!), fitted to modified stock VW 36hp cylinder heads or period aftermarket 36hp dual port cylinder heads(or replicas such as the Wolfsburg West dual port heads)! Requires any Bosch distributor and coil. Dual spark plug conversions O.K.. No displacement, camshaft or header limitations. Handcrafted intake manifolds are O.K.. Carburetor(s) must be under the deck lid without bumps or scoops.
K36 (Supercharged/Kompressor)-Any pre-1970 mechanically driven supercharger. Requires any Bosch distributor and coil. Dual spark plug conversions O.K.. No displacement, camshaft or header limitations. Dual period correct superchargers are acceptable.
NA36 (New Age) Any turbocharged, post 1971 mechanically driven supercharger, fuel Injected, post 1966 carburetor(s) except replica pre-65 carbs . Any ignition and coil. Dual spark plug conversions O.K.. No displacement, camshaft or header limitations. Dual turbochargers or superchargers are acceptable.
UNLTD36 Unlimited(Top Speed)-36hp engine case and modified period correct cylinder heads. Any transmission. Any body configuration with or without modifications. No limitations on displacement, camshaft, fuel, ignition or exhaust systems. The category also qualifies for "1" Club recognition!
"1"Club-100 Mile Per Hour Club(i.e. Outlaw 36hp)-Identifiable 36hp engine case. Two, three, four wheels (plus) in any configuration legal for comptetition. Any cylinder heads or other engine modifications (Porsche pre-A heads are O.K.!). No other guidelines. Nitrous allowed ONLY in full race (Long Course) categories, not in 130 MPH Club or Street Legal categories!
NOTE:- All 36hp engines or transmission not fitting within the described guidelines will be eligible for "1"Club recognition only!.
BODY/VEHICLE-Any year Type 1 stock Volkswagen Beetle, Super Beetle or Cal Look sedan body with stock VW bumpers(NOTE: Convertible and sliding cloth sunroof bodies require added safety equipment-(i.e. bolt-in 4 point roll bar available from EMPI suppliers- part #3116 ). Type 1 Karmann Ghia and pre-67 Type 2 bodied cars will compete in separate body style only categories and will not be eligible for recognition beyond 36hp Challenge record listings or be eligible for top speed 36hp Beetle records. All metal body and fenders with all lights, VW bumpers(full width-note ET BarEor Cal-Look style bumpers are not allowed), and running boards in place and functioning. Wiper blades & arms, antenna, outside mirrors and license plates may be removed during competition but must be in place prior to and through technical inspection. Interior must include two front seats, rear seat back(bottom portion of rear seat may be left out), headliner and door panels. Deck lid standoffs are not allowed!
NOTE: All VW's not fitting within the described body and axle beam guidelines will be eligible for "1" Club recognition.
NOTE: All aerodynamically improved stock Volkswagens, Volkswagens with fiberglass fenders, hoods or deck lids, 36hp Lakesters, Formula Vees, Streamliners, Dragsters, Chopped or Sectioned VW's, Buggies, Baja Bugs, Kit Cars, Trikes, Motorcycles or other race vehicles that pass their respective sanctioning bodies safety inspection procedures will be eligible for "1"Club recogntion.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT (contact each respective sanctioning body for latest 130 MPH CLUB( or equivalent ) rules and race dates before you plan on competing!). Basic Minimum guidelines(36hp Classes only!):
1. 2 point seat belt(USFRA only! ! !) for cars BELOW 100 M.P.H. ( VW's above 100 M.P.H. will be required to have 3 point seat belts( see http://www.saltflats.com/ ).
2. 3 point seat belt(ECTA, LTA & TEXAS MILE only! ! !) http://www.ecta-lsr.com/ (NOTE: Austrailian and South African sanctioning bodies require additional safety modifications-consult their inspectors and guidelines for specific information!).
3. Full face helmet with visor/shield designated Snell 2005 or newer.
4. Dual (2) throttle return springs.
5. Excellent condition S rated tires (to 112 mph!) inflated to 50 pounds with hub caps and trim rings removed( H rated tires required if speed exceeds 100 mph!). Properly fitted Moon Discs hubcaps are allowed (Plus they look great!).
6. Metal valve stem caps AND metal valve stems!
7. Overall sound and safe vehicle, licensed and insured for street operation. You must present both your current state drivers license and vehicle insurance card during tech inspection ! ! !
8. Sanctioning body specific membership and entry fees.
9. NO NITROUS or alcohol may be used for fuel. Race gas & high octane pump gas is O.K. ( Revision-E-85 pump gas is NOT ALLOWED ! ! ! ).
10. Fire extinguisher securely mounted inside passenger compartment (minimum 2 pound but 5 pound is reccommended!).
11. ALL loose items inside passenger compartment and trunk must be removed (including spare tire and jack).
12. Battery must be secured to floor pan with permanent stock or improved fixture.
Speed Validation: All speeds must recorded using a land speed racing sanctioning bodies timing trap! Speeds recorded with a speedometer, GPS unit or radar gun will not be recognized.

2011 - SS36

2009 73.492 mph 58 BUG Allen Leggett Bonneville,UT Stone Stock 1192cc
Stock 36hp Volkswagen Factory Top speed 68.00 mph 1192cc at sea level !

2010 71.314 mph 56 Ghia Bill Smith Bonneville,UT Stone Stock 1192cc

2010 56.233 mph 60 Pick-Up Todd Penn Bonneville,UT Stone Stock 1192cc
DSS T2 36 Record Open............No current record!

2011 - SSS36

2010 99.370 mph 74 Bug Justin Mcallister/Burlile Bonneville, UT Super Stock Single S/P 1621cc

2011 - DSS36

2009 103.056 mph 60 BUG Justin McAllister/ Birks Bonneville,UT Single 2bl Carb S/P 1621cc
1960 80.874 mph *** 58 BUG Dick Beith Bonneville,UT Dual Carb Homemade S/P 1192cc

2010 105.777 mph 59 Ghia Richard Troy Bonneville,UT Dual Car/Denzel 1598cc

***the ORIGINAL Volkswagen Bug Land Speed Record

2011 - K36

1961 101.296 mph 56 BUG Dick Beith Bonneville,UT Pepco Supercharged S/P 1282cc

2011 - NA36

NA36 Record and TOP OVERALL 36hp BUG SPEED
2009 106.514 mph 66 BUG Tom Bruch/Anderson Bonneville,UT New Age S/PBruchrasa 1378cc Turbo

2011 - UNLTD36

1963 129.100 mph Dick Beith Lakester(Pepco) Bonneville,UT

2011 - 1 Club


Other Significant 36HP Speeds

1967 109.572 mph 56 Porsche(Okrasa)Tom Bruch Bonneville,UT
1949 120.110 mph 39 Type 64 Berlin/Roma P.Muller Autobahn,DE


2010-class definitions


2010 - SS36


2010 - SSS36


2010 - DSS36


2010 - K36


2010 - NA36


2010 - UNLTD36


2010 - 1 Club



2009-class definitions


2009 - SS36


2009 - SSS36


2009 - DSS36


2009 - K36


2009 - NA36


2009 - UNLTD36


2009 - 1 Club



2008-class definitions


2008 - SS36


2008 - SSS36


2008 - DSS36


2008 - K36


2008 - NA36


2008 - UNLTD36


2008 - 1 Club



2007-class definitions


2007 - SS36


2007 - SSS36


2007 - DSS36


2007 - K36


2007 - NA36


2007 - UNLTD36


2007 - 1 Club



2006-class definitions


2006 - SS36


2006 - SSS36


2006 - DSS36


2006 - K36


2006 - NA36


2006 - UNLTD36


2006 - 1 Club



2005-class definitions


2005 - SS36


2005 - SSS36


2005 - DSS36


2005 - K36


2005 - NA36


2005 - UNLTD36


2005 - 1 Club


Venue Altutudes


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