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George Poteet's awesome Speed Demon has captured the attention of the world wide racing community with it's clockwork ability to tear off repeated 400 mph blasts at the Bonneville Salt Flats. When an unexpected incident caused the car to crash in 2014, an opportunity to build an even better and faster Speed Demon presented itself. See the complete history of the Speed Demon and the detailed buildup of the new car all in full color here. See details below.

Author John Baechtel has penned a full color, photo rich history and technical account on the original record setting Speed Demon and the equally if not more formidable Speed Demon II which has already set new records at Bonneville

It includes full coverage of the Speed Demon's extraordinary history and performance record, the unfortunate crash and subsequent construction of the all new Speed Demon II. The new car build is covered in exacting photographic detail so readers can see and understand every component of this amazing landspeed racing car.

The book is currently in the final editing stages and is scheduled to go to press near the end of 2018. Watch this space for updates and sign up for an e-mail alert when the book is ready to ship.


The original Speed Demon quickly established itself as the fastest car at Bonneville and the only car that consistently demonstrated the potential to advance the wheel-driven land speed record. It has run a mile average over 457 mph with an exit speed of over 462 mph in the fifth mile. It ranks as one of the most successful landspeed cars ever.


George Poteet has driven the Speed Demon since 2007 and for all of it's runs over 400 mph. He has more 400 mph-plus runs than everyone else combined. This extraordinary achievement has made him the Speed King of Bonneville although you would never suspect it given his humble demeanor and generous nature.


The Speed Demon Racing Team is comprised of extraordinarily talented individuals whose build talent and precision teamwork caused one writer to dub them the "Men in Black." Their expertise and George's fearless driving has allowed them to win the coveted Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed trophy for six straight years.


At Mike Cook's Bonneville Shootout in 2014, the Speed Demon was on a hellacious tear when a loss of traction and a excessive yaw condition caused it to roll over multiple times and depart the track approaching 380 mph at the two and one half mile marker. George Poteet walked away from that incident, but the Speed Demon was too damaged to permit further racing activities. It was retired and rebuilt for George's museum.


In 2014 George purchased the Speed Demon operation from partner Ron Main. In early 2015 he commissioned Maxwell Industries to construct an all new Speed Demon at their Ventura, California facility. The Men in Black sprang into action fashioning an even sleeker, meaner machine to carry on the Demon's legacy. The complete build is detailed here.
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At Speed Week 2016 George Poteet and the Speed Demon Racing Team were on their game, running 400 mph-plus right out of the box. In only a few passes it surpassed 442 mph, reestablishing it's dominance and serving notice it was ready to run hard.. Running in the B/Blown Fuel Streamliner class it raised a long standing 381 mph record to 416.511 mph. The Speed Demon was back and ready to rock.