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All or Nothing:
Is Kent Fuller Headed to Bonneville?

"Kent Fuller did a lot more than help put 'Tommy Ivo' in the record books.  If Kent Fuller hadn't been a part of my racing career there wouldn't have been a 'Tommy Ivo' - at least as I'm known today.  The four-engine car ended up being my signature dragster and it was the work of Kent Fuller.  He deserves to see his dream come true, especially when you consider how much vision, effort and sweat he has put into the project." - Tommy Ivo
Legendary dragster fabricator Kent Fuller wants to make one final run for the history books with his flathead-powered “Smoke-n-Mirrors” streamliner, but the car is not yet complete and his family has launched an online fundraiser to help finish it. In fact, we first let our readers know about the Kent Fuller Kickstarter campaign in our email newsletter a few weeks ago. Today with only four days left to reach their goal of $32,900, they still need about $9000. We think there may be a way we can all help them get there.
We first brought you this story in our newsletter on April 17th, which you can read here. Contributions to the project doubled overnight, and the Fuller family is very appreciative for what you’ve done by supporting it. The Kickstarter.com campaign is interesting because it allows anyone to contribute virtually any amount to help make this historic project a reality. But the catch is, unless the project reaches its financial goal, all donations are returned and the project receives no funding from the Kickstarter campaign. How often does the opportunity arise for the average hot rodder to have a hand in a bona fide Bonneville racecar–much less one from the man that helped put guys like Don Prudhomme, Tommy Ivo, Roland Leong and Jeep Hampshire in the record books?
We have long been fans of Kent’s work building chassis for dragsters numbering in the hundreds. His latest–and last–effort is a monocoque design integrating the chassis and a 25-foot long body hand-rolled from a combination of 10-, 12-, and 16-gauge steel. Don Tubbs, the team’s technical director, says, “Somebody asked me what type of English wheel the body was formed on. I showed them a picture of Kent bending the steel with a pipe, C-clamps, and a torch.” With the exception of the reliefs for the wheels, the streamliner is only 2½ feet in diameter. Driver Andy Davis will pilot the car lying on his back, looking down course through a series of mirrors.

Power comes from a naturally aspirated ’39 Merc flathead-equipped with a 180-degree crankshaft, Harman & Collins magneto, Crower cam, Baron aluminum heads, and a single 750 cfm Speed Demon carburetor. A dry-sump oil system eliminates the stock pan, which would not fit within the confines of the narrow streamliner. The flathead is hooked to a Flat-O Products C4 automatic transmission and an 8-inch Ford rearend with an intricate swing arm and chain drive arrangement designed by Kent. The goal is to break the existing Vintage Flathead Fuel Streamliner record of 280.023 mph set by Rick Yacoucci in the Frank Costella-built Nebulous Theorum II (TRJ #17). 
When you consider the number of Rodder’s Journal Facebook fans (we recently topped 22,000), subscribers to this email list, and members of various online hot rodding forums like www.JalopyJournal.com, it really wouldn’t take much to put this car on the salt. The idea of a fan-supported competition vehicle isn’t new. In the late-‘80s, Joe Teresi, owner and publisher of Easy Rider, partially funded the magazine’s twin-Harley-Davidson-powered streamline motorcycle by offering $25 sponsorship shares to readers. Ten-thousand people responded, and on July 14, 1990, Dave Campos drove the cycle to a 322.150 mph world record. If the same number of people donated just $2 to Fuller’s campaign, we could all watch Kent put his streamliner to the test as early as this July at El Mirage.

We want to be clear that we don’t have any stake in the success of Kent’s campaign. We have made our own contribution, and we think this is a way for the hot rodding community to show support for one of our own. We would be interested to hear your views on the subject, and encourage you to send your feedback to editorial@roddersjournal.com. And if you would like to learn more about how you can contribute to the Kent Fuller Streamliner, click here.


Cheers!
Your Friends at The Rodder’s Journal

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