El Mirage May 25, 1947

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The official program for the event showed a drawing of Danny Sakai's Modified by Gus Maanum.

The opening event for the 1947 season time trials sponsored by the Southern California Timing Association was held May 25, 1947 at El Mirage dry lake.

Definition of Classes

For the 1947 season, the S.C.T.A. ran under a new system of Competition Classes. American Production Automotive Engines were still required as a basis for the engine construction, but the competition was divided into two body types with four class in each. The cars were classified either as Roadsters or Streamliners. The classes were then divided according to total Engine Cubic Inch Displacement:

Class A - 0 to 150 cubic inches.
Class B - 150 to 250 cubic inches.
Class C - 250 to 350 cubic innches.
Class D - 350 and over cubic inches.

To establish a new record in each of the eight new classes, the two high point cars in each class were allowed to make two-way record runs after the third runs were finished. The final record in each class was accepted as official.

Previous Records

Roadster - 128.66 MPH - Randy Shinn - 1946
Modified - 133.03 MPH - Karl Orr - 1942
Streamliner - 140.00 MPH - Bob Rufi - 1940
Unlimited - 138.24 MPH - Tony Capanna - 1946


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