1984 Land Speed Race Car Joins Corvette Museum

Bowling Green, KY — A highly modified 1984 Corvette that has competed and held records in several Bonneville Salt Flats speed trial classes is now part of the National Corvette Museum collection.

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Juris Mindenbergs of Redmond, Wash., acquired the car in 1986, modifying it for Bonneville racing with the assistance of Mike Dorgan, Don Schellberg, Art Morrisson and Larry Kalsch with his expertise and dyno facility.

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On Oct. 1, 1988 at a USFRA Bonneville meet, Mindenbergs achieved a top speed of 271.04 mph with his two-way average of 266.45 mph setting a record in the AA-GT class and breaking Mickey Thompson’s longstanding mark. That achievement prompted Hot Rod Magazine to name it one of the 10 most awesome race cars of the 1980s for a feature in the magazine’s December 1989 issue.

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Later, owner Bobby Moore of Tulsa, Okla., achieved many Bonneville class records, including eclipsing Mindenbergs’ 1988 AA-GT class mark in 2004. Mindenbergs reacquired the vehicle in 2016.