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Flat out Fast

Local racer sets land speed record…again

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

Gary Spencer has a need for speed.  In fact, you might say – as he does – that it possesses him.  “I just have to be faster than the next guy, or girl,” said this Tremonton racer and son of Fanette Spencer of Garland.

Well, he is.  Spencer took his modified 1971 Camero to the Bonneville Salt Flats Sept. 10-11, and proved he heads the hierarchy of high-speed by setting a new record in the AA/CFALT (Classic Fuel Altered) class.  Spencer exited the five-mile track at a speed of 260.587 mph, the first time he has broken 260.

But this is not the first time he has set records at the Salt Flats.  In the 12 years Spencer has been taking his flashy red sports car to Mother Nature’s race track near the Utah-Nevada border, he has brought home eight records is various classes.  Three of them still stand.  This year’s successful trip allowed him to break the one he set three years ago in the same class.

Spencer said he decided to make an all-out push for the new record because “there were other competitors getting close.  I figured I had better pump it up a little bit.”

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