Archer thinks he will break the land speed record | News, Sports, Jobs
A man from Marietta believes he can beat a land speed record his daughter set in a farm tractor three years ago.
Dave Archer believes he would have passed 108.5mph last week, but a headwind kept him at just over 100mph at the East Coast Timing Association runs in Blytheville, Ark . The event takes place at the former Eaker Air Force Base, from where B -52 bombers carrying atomic bombs were set to strike the former Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Archer drove the same 1961 Allis Chalmers D-19 his daughter Kathy Schalitz rode in 2018 and set the land speed record for a farm tractor at 108.5 mph. Three years later and the record still stands.
“I want to beat this record,” Said Archer.
Archer, his wife Arlene, Shane Schalitz, his son-in-law’s brother and Chris Arnold the last week of April traveled to Arkansas to set a new record.
Although 100 mph doesn’t sound fast, it’s in a farm tractor, according to Archer.
Agricultural tractors have no suspension, such as springs or shock absorbers, and are
not made for speed, he says. At 60 to 70 mph, a small bump of up to half an inch in the road sends huge shock waves that multiply through the vehicle and into the driver.
“It’ll beat you up,” Said Archer.
The modifications to the tractor, which were not modifications, consisted of using drag racing tires that can be inflated with less air, using rubber pads and changing the angles of the front tires, a-t -he declares. The ride and performance were better, he said.
“It actually worked pretty well,” Said Archer.
With Archer in the cockpit last week, the tractor hit a speed of 100.626, but that was with a headwind of 6 to 8 mph. All of the other runners also posted slower speeds, he said.
This is why Archer believes he will achieve the land speed record in the tractor, perhaps in October at the next East Coast Timing Association event, if there is no headwind for the. slow down.
“I’m pretty sure,” he said.
Archer, 77, is one of three people who drive a farm tractor over 100 km / h, the others being his daughter and Jack Donahoe. Donahoe set a record 101.1 mph in 2016, Schalitz’s speed collapsed in 2018.
Schalitz raced in the D / GCT class, which has since been retired, so she will still hold the class record. Archer competes in the FT6 / 1 Class, of which 100.626 mph is the class record.
But he wants to break his daughter’s world record.
“I want to be the fastest in a farm tractor”, Said Archer.
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