USFRA Hosts the 36 HorsePower LandSpeed Challenge
Bonneville Competition for Old School VW Classics!
Once again the ROAR of Pure Volkswagen Power echos across the famous Bonneville
Phil Freudiger VW land speed racer at Bonneville in
1959. This SS36 Beetle's top speed was 67.56 miles per hour.
36 HP Challenge Class Speed Records
The USFRA is proud to host the 36 HP Challange
annually at World of Speed.
The Challenge: Find
out how fast your 36hp Volkswagen bug can go at the mecca for all land
the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. Drive your bug from a standing start
accelerate at full throttle over a full mile until it’s ultimate top speed
is reached in a precision 132 ft. Sped Trap, and do it with the same street
legal bug you drive every day. The owner of the 36hp based bug that achieves
the highest speed at one of the sanctioned events will be awarded a genuine
early 60’s Volkswagen trophy commemorating his/her record.
The 36 HP Top Dog:On
Sep 17,2008, Tom Bruch broke the all time LSR 36 HP sedan record of Dick Beith
at Bonneville with Gaylen Anderson's 66 sedan and Tom Bruch's small 1378 cc
single port 36 HP turbo motor at 103.497 MPH. Tom made three passes over the
old record at 6,000 RPM with 12 to 14 lb. boost. The second run turned 86.4
MPH in the 1/4 mile and 103.056 at the 1/2 mile mark and held 6,000 RPM for
the rest of the mile. The motor lived through all three runs which is a testament
to the strength of the 36 HP motors. The 1956 engine is entirely vintage parts
including the 50 year old ISKY 2-J cam that can still set records.
bug be the next Bonneville Record Holder?
Jan Atkinsons SSSBB Super Beetle
Colton McAllister at speed on the 130 course.
The diesel in the background is on the Long Course.
The USFRA's specially prepared 130 MPH Club Course
and precision timing system allows you to see how fast your VW bug really is,
without building an actual out and out race car. Accelerating over a standing
start one mile track, then thru the 132 Ft. Precision Speed Trap, provides four
times the seat time while subjecting your VW to less abuse than you get drag
racing. Stock transmissions work fine and roll bars are not required (in closed
body cars) for the speeds achieved. There is no finer way to participate in
the rich traditions of LandSpeed Racing. The 36 HP Challenge provides enthusiasts
with a Bonneville experience that will not be forgotten
The Challenge features, in addition to the new STONE
STOCK 36hp class, modified safety requirements developed specifically (and Only)
for the 36hp class Volkswagens running at the USFRA's World of Speed. Two point
lap belts will be permitted (instead of mandatory 3 point harnesses), as will
“S” speedrated tires(these tires are commonly used and readily available
for Volkswagens). These rules specifically for the 36 HP Challenge, have been
approved to reduce the need for interior modifications to your restored interiors
and eliminate the need to purchase expensive high speed tires for
vehicles whose speeds will not exceed 100 miles per hour.
Note: "H" Speed rated tires (or higher)
with metal valve stems and caps and 3 point seat belt system (or better) are
required for any vehicle that exhibits speed in excess of 100 mph.
Stock bodied or Cal Look bugs, Type 2’s, Karmann
Ghias and USFRA specifically pre-approved vehicleswith 36hp based engines,
which meet safety requirements, qualify to run in the 36HP LANDSPEED CHALLENGE.
Go to www.burlyb.com for specifics.
Any year stock Volkswagen Beetle, Super Beetle or Cal-Look bug, any Karmann
Ghia or pre 1967 Type 2 Bus, Kombi, Single or Double Cab pick up. Herrods
Helper(or replica)rear wings are allowed on Bugs exceeding 100 miles per
All convertibles and sliding cloth sunroof bodies require added safety equipment-
i.e. 4 point roll bar- (see the 130 MPH Club Rules).
All metal body panels and fenders including all lights and VW bumpers must
be mounted in the stock manner and fully functional.
All loose items must be removed from the passenger compartment and trunk.
Four engine categories allow every 36hp
bug owner to qualify for the 36 HP Challenge.
SS (Stone Stock)-Stock 36HP engine with
single 28 PCI carburetor with no modifications except the venture and jets.
Must be equipped with a stock VW style exhaust system and tips, air cleaner,
any Bosch distributor and coil (Pertronix Ignitor is O.K.!). 12 volt electrical
system, full flow oil system, engine balancing and three angle valve cuts are
O.K.! Stone Stock class limited to stock displacement of 1192cc
DSS (Dual Super
Stock)-Modified 36hp engine with a single 28PCI carburetor (modifications
are HIGHLY recommended!) and 36hp single port VW cylinder heads(modifications
are highly recommended!). Any displacement however engine must retain STOCK
cylinder head stud locations (8mm studs are O.K.!). No displacement, camshaft
or header limitations. Intake manifold can be modified or handcrafted.
K36 (Supercharged/Kompressor)-Any pre-1970
mechanically driven supercharger (ore reproduction Pepco/Judson/Shorrock/Godfrey)
or pre 1965 mechanical fuel injection. Requires any Bosch distributor and coil.
No displacement limit limitations (engine must retain stock cylinder head stud
location (8mm studs are O.K.!). Dual period correct superchargers are acceptable.
Hilborn, Enderle, Rons style mechanically driven fuel injection systems are
O.K.! No camshaft or header limitations. Turbochargers and electronic fuel
injection systems are not allowed. Deck lid standoffs are not allowed.
NA36 (NA36 NEW AGE)-Any turbocharged
or post 1971 supercharger (,) post 1966 carburetors or electrical or post 1966
fuel injection fuel injection or non-traditional external engine modifications.
No displacement limit but must maintain stock cylinder head stud locations
(8mm studs are O.K.!). Must use 36hp style cylinder heads (aftermarket heads
are allowed-Porsche heads are NOT allowed. Must use 36hp “style” valve
covers and gaskets (aluminum covers are O.K.!) ! Dual turbochargers or superchargers
are acceptable. Intake and exhaust components can protrude through the deck
lid but scoops are NOT allowed. Deck lid standoffs are NOT legal.
and Class Rules
NO Nitrous Oxide, No Nitromethane, No Hydrazine, No Methanol,
No Ethanol allowed in ANY 36 HP Challenge Classes.
MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
for the 36 Hp Challenge
ONLY at the USFRA's World of Speed
- All drivers must be members of USFRA, be a licensed driver, and sign a loss
damage waiver to participate.
(Entry fees are the same as 130 MPH Club entry
- A maximum of five (5) runs will be allowed per entry
- An initial "licensing" pass at no more than 100 mph will be required
to calibrate on board speed gauge equipment. i.e.; tachometer, speedometer,
- Maximum speed will be 139.999 mph - any vehicle exceeding 139.999 mph may
be disqualified from making anymore passes and will not receive a timing
- The driver must wear a Snell 2005 (or later) approved, full-face
helmet with full face shield, long sleeve shirt or jacket, and long pants.
- DOT rated helmet is not allowed, SNELL 2005 (or later)
Certified Helmet is required in all vehicles.
- Open cars (All convertibles and sliding cloth sunroof bodies) require added
safety equipment- i.e.minimum 4 point Roll Bar.
- Minimum 2 point seat belt permitted under 100 MPH.(Original Equipment or
better in excellent condition).
Factory 3 point or better driver restraints
over 100 MPH.
- Only gasoline,
diesel or electric fuels may be used - NO
nitrous, alcohol or nitro-fueled vehicles will be allowed.
- Cars must have an adequate battery tie down.
- Dual throttle return springs are recommended. Proper throttle return will
be verified during Tech Inspection.
- Vehicles must have excellent condition “S” speed rated tires
(Manufacturer rated 112 mph) inflated to manufacturers maximum sidewall specfication.
Hub caps and trim rings must be removed.
Note: "H" Speed rated tires (or higher) with
metal valve stems and caps and 3 point seat belt system (or better) are required
for any vehicle that exhibits speed in excess of 100 mph.
- Tires & wheels for all vehicles will have metal valve caps (metal valve
stems highly recommended) & crack-free valve stems.
- All cars will have a small fire extinguisher securely mounted inside the
- A ground cover must be used under the vehicle in the pit area and by the
starting line if servicing is performed. Waste
fluids will not be "dumped" they must be taken off the
salt for disposal. Pit areas and general Salt will be kept neat and clean
- -All vehicles must be currently licensed and street legal in their respective
- -Fees will not be charged for an inspection.
- -Inspection will verify the acceptable condition of the engine, drive train,
wheels, tires, fuel, steering, braking, and safety systems.
- -Decisions of the inspector are final in the areas of safety assessment
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific
36hp Challenge information
Dick Beith, Volkswagen land speed racer in 1960. His
DSS36 top speed was 80.874 miles per hour