Vermonter hopes to break speed record

BONNEVILLE, Utah Vermont resident Dan Marcotte, a metal fabricator, air show pilot, and racing enthusiast is preparing for his next big trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. With two land-speed racing trips already under his belt, Dan brings a new goal to the salt this year: 300 mph. Reaching this goal means the pride and satisfaction of returning to Vermont with a land-speed record. Marcotte has designed, engineered and fabricated two land speed cars out of his shop in Bakersfield. In 2001 he raced his open-wheeled Lakester and broke his personal goal of 200MPH, reaching just over 202 mph on the last day of racing. Last year he completed a fully enclosed streamliner. Despite serious engine problems he was able to achieve an incredible 255 mph at the 2007 World Finals. A brand new super-charged engine sponsored by Mansfield Heliflight, and built by Peter Pizzagalli, promises to put 300 mph within reach this year. The aerodynamic streamliner was on display at the University Mall in South Burlington, July 19-20. In an effort to support noteworthy local organizations, Marcotte has donated space on the car this year for the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization. Land speed racing was brought to the American public with the 2005 release of The World's Fastest Indian, in which screen actor Anthony Hopkins portrays real life land speed veteran, Burt Munro in his quest to race his 1920 Indian Motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats. A fan of the movie, Marcotte says the depiction of Bonneville is accurate and his first experience there was ironically similar to that of Munro.

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