like to fly by a radar gun at nearly 170 MPH…
over the posted highway speed limit? Every
year during the Bonneville Speed Week, the
Joint Venture Racing Team has the privilege
of doing just that. In the 2006 Art Dick,
driver of the Joint Venture, set a land speed
record for the Modified Diesel Truck Class at
228.804 MPH. An achievement like that
doesn’t begin at the starting line, though.
Likewise, a racing legacy doesn’t start with a
land speed record.
The Joint Venture, which gets its name from
a joint development effort between Don Lemmons of Interstate Wood Products and Ray
Heitz of Longview Diesel, made its debut on the Salt Flats back in October of 1990. During that
year’s run the Joint Venture was recognized with the Bonneville Speed Week Best Performer
Award and returned two years later to set a record at 197.388 MPH, with a separate run at
Prior to its debut in 1990, the extended chassis race truck was no stranger to the salt. The
concept vehicle which would later become the Joint Venture was known as the Buzzin’ Dozzen.
Then owned by Ray Heitz, the Buzzin’ Dozzen held a record at 167 MPH.
Over the years, many have tried to tame "the beast"; however, few have succeeded. Some fell
to fame and fortune, others fell to the wayside. Where many have failed, the Joint Venture’s
current driver Art Dick pushed all sixteen cylinders to the limit to set the current record, in 2006.
The following is a comprehensive list of the Joint Venture Racing Team’s records and
accomplishments at the Bonneville Salt Flats:
- 1990– BONNEVILLE BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD
- 1992- RECORD 197.388 MPH
- 1992- RUN 216.320 MPH
- 1995- RECORD 220.919 MPH
- 1996- RECORD 221.409 MPH
- 1997- RECORD 224.163 MPH
- 2001- RUN 225.678 MPH
- 2006- RECORD 228.804 MPH
Below is a video of the Joint Venture’s record run of 229.707 MPH at the Bonneville Salt Flats in
2006. (This run, teamed with the prior day’s qualifying run at 227.901 MPH averages out to the
record set at 228.804 MPH.) You must be running Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox with a
Windows Media Player Plug-In.
Detroit Diesel 16V92
Approximately 4500 H.P. @ 3500 RPM Transmission:
Modified Allison 5-Speed Wheel Base:
268 Inches Front Tires:
Michelin 34.5X9.75-18 Rear Tires: