Engineering Challenges SPAL USA's Claim to World's Fastest Diesel
By: Mike Levine Posted:
08-31-07 16:47 PT
© 2007 PickupTruck.com
week we reported on SPAL USA's record run across the Bonneville
Salt Flats to grab the title of World's Fastest Diesel Pickup, but
Gale Banks Engineering has stepped forward to challenge the claim.
sent a letter of congrats to SPAL on their achievement, but SPAL has
only taken the
national record away from Banks, not the world record," said
Gale Banks Engineering spokesperson Doug Stokes in an interview with PickupTruck.com.
Gale Banks own the world record and not the U.S. national record? Here's
did indeed break a record last week when its Rocket Ranger ran an average
speed of 215.091-mph during its two runs. But it broke the U.S. national
record sanctioned by the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA)
in the SCTA's C/Diesel Truck group.
Gale Banks still holds the world record for the fastest pickup. The
Banks Cummins-powered Sidewinder has been timed and certified at 217.306-mph
by the Federation Internationale De L'Automobile (FIA), which is widely
regarded as the keeper of international automotive world speed records.
FIA timed Banks in its Category B, Group III, Class 17 class.
FIA's Certificate Awarded to Gale Banks Engineering
SPAL USA's sales and marketing manager, told PickupTruck.com, "In
our original statement we originally said we broke the world record
but we should have said it was the national record. It’s not
our intention to continue to promote or challenge the Banks record.
We do acknowledge Banks to have the world record."
has also issued the following update to its record setting run.
Iowa – The “Rocket Ranger,” built by SPAL USA and
driven by HyperMax Engineering’s Max Lagod, is recognized by
the Southern California Timing Association/Bonneville Nationals Inc.
(SCTA/BNI) as the Fastest Diesel Pickup Truck (C/Diesel Truck class)
after recording a speed of 215.091 miles-per-hour during the 2007 Speed
Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 17, 2007."
different sanctioning bodies out on the salt flats - SCTA and FIA -
and neither recognizing the timing records of the other, it was an
unintentional mistake that SPAL claimed the world record.
good competitor and we congratulate them on their accomplishment. Now
Gale wants to dust off the Sidewinder and go back to Bonneville to
get the national record back and put it next to the world record. Competition
is good for the breed," says