Team McLeish Bros. has been running land speed records since 1999 and has used a variety of cars, engines and organs to achieve many of their goals. The team has broken dozens of AMA, FIM, SCTA and GNI records, and their goal of owning someone else has brought them to Bonneville again in 2018 with their recently upset and seriously modified Datsun B110-ish "J" unblown Fuel Competition Coupe. In previous years this has been in different classes with a Triumph GT6 body.
Full Disclosure : Indian motorcycles wanted me to see their bike ride in Bonneville so badly it invited me to the event. It also set me up in the nicest casino hotel in the middle of nowhere and kept me hydrated and fed, so I did not die in the midst of the salt like a first hour.)
I spoke briefly to one of the namesake McLeish brothers about the car in their paddock room. The nose cone was out of the car, and I immediately became fascinated by what I saw. Efficiently a tube frame with the wheels hid well into the frame of the body, put the engine far behind the chassis and driven the front wheels through a pair of chains and sprocket wheels.
The engine I was told was a 750cc Suzuki GSX-R mill that ran on some seriously powerful fuel. The team was busy and the sun had boiled both my DSLR and my iPhone to the point of temporary non-functional so I moved on, but could not shake the car from my mind.
The next morning I saw the car on the starting lineup and was fascinated by the shape, the sound, the feeling and the smell of the car. Everything about this "Datsun" reminded me of why I love Bonneville. This is the last bastion of run-what-you-brung motorsport. There are dozens of class items to choose from, and if you build the car for that rule and run faster you will get that entry. In the case of the McLeish family's efforts, they saw a record that had not been annihilated for a decade and decided to build for it. The chassis was detected, they just needed to build the right engine.
It seems that they have the right combination nailed down as they drove fast enough on Saturday to qualify for a record breaking attempt today. According to the SCTA regulations, the current J / FCC class record is 135.30 mph, and this car drove faster than it.