An 80-year-old man by the name of Turk Dale is planning to set a world record at the Texas Mile as the only person his age to hit 200 miles per hour. It looks like the need for speed is a desire that never fades away.
“My goal is to hit 200 in the standing mile. A lot of guys are doing it, but there ain’t nobody 80 going 200,” Turk told reporters. He intends to set the record with his 1997 Pontiac Firebird. But it’s no plain old Firebird, Turk has swapped a 514 cubic-inch Cadillac V8 engine into it. By using 2:40 gears, Turk hopes to see a top speed of 216 miles per hour.
Turk has plenty of experience with Cadillac V8s from back in the day. His 1927 Model T Roadster hot rod is powered by a Detroit Diesel supercharged Cadillac V8, making around 600 horsepower. At only 2,000 pounds, Turk says the car is “plumb dangerous” and that he has no idea how fast it’ll go.
With 65+ years of hot rodding and fabricating under his belt, we expect the old timer to hit his mark of 200 miles per hour, and we wish him all the best. The 2017 Texas Mile will take place at the end of March.