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Pontiac Catalina - 1962

Edwards Airforce Base July 16, 1962

 1962 Pontiac Catalina

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 This car was classified as stock by USAC and had Pontiac's high-performance 421 cubic inch twin four-barrel carburetor engine. The engine had a bore of 4.093 inches and a stroke of 4.000 inches. Its compression ratio was 11.00-to-1 and it had a horsepower rating of 405. Wrapped in protective clothing from head to foot Mickey strapped himself behind the wheel and set off down the 13,000 foot runway. Minutes later he had established four new National USAC Class B Closed Car Division records, two of them never before entered on USAC's books!

Edwards Airforce Base

USAC CLASS B CLOSED CAR NATIONAL RECORD TWO-WAY AVERAGE STANDING START KILOMETER

 Old Record - 1961

 New Record - July 16, 1962

 M. Thompson

 M. Thompson

 '61 Pontiac

 '62 Pontiac

 81.497 mph ('61 Pontiac)

 90.548 mph ('62 Pontiac)

 TWO-WAY AVERAGE STANDING START MILE

 Old Record - 1961

 New Record - July 16, 1962

 M. Thompson

 M. Thompson

 '61 Pontiac

 '62 Pontiac

 95.571 mph

 105.135 mph

 NEW USAC CLASS B CLOSED CAR NATIONAL RECORDS

(305 to 488 cubic inches)

TWO-WAY AVERAGE FLYING KILOMETER

 No Old Record

 New Record - July 16, 1962

 M. Thompson

'62 Pontiac

 150.666 two-way average

TWO-WAY AVERAGE FLYING MILE

 No Old Record

 New Record - July 16, 1962

 M. Thompson

 '62 Pontiac

 150.552 two-way average

Bonneville Salt Flats July 25, 1962

 Bonneville Salt Flats  July 25, 1962

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AMERICAN CLASS B

CLOSED CAR DIVISION

5000 to 8000 cc. (305 to 488 Cu. In.)

Standing Start

DISTANCE

DATE

LOCATION

VEHICLE

SPEED (MPH)

 1K

7/15/62 

 March AFB Calif.

Pontiac Catalina 

90.55 

 1M

 "

 "

 "

 105.14

DISTANCE

DATE

LOCATION

VEHICLE

SPEED (MPH)

 5K

 7/24/62

 Bonneville, Utah

 Pontiac Catalina

124.20

 5M

 

 

 

 134.69

 10K

 

 

 

 137.80

 10M

 

 

 

 143.56

 Flying Start

DISTANCE

DATE

LOCATION

VEHICLE

SPEED (MPH)

1K 

 7/24/62

Bonneville, Utah 

 Pontiac Catalina

 153.64

1M

 

 

 

 153.67

5K

 

 

 

 153.52

5M

 

 

 

 153.45

 10K

 

 

 

 153.42

 10M

 

 

 

 153.47

25K

 7/25/62

 Bonneville, Utah 

 Pontiac Catalina

 149.28

25M

 

 

 

 149.25

50K

 

 

 

 149.24

50M

 

 

 

 149.27

75K

 

 

 

 149.27

75M

 

 

 

 148.96

 100K

 

 

 

 149.27

 100M

 

 

 

 139.38

 200K

 

 

 

 141.23

 200M

 

 

 

 143.22

 250K

 

 

 

 142.57

 250M

 

 

 

 142.37

 300K

 

 

 

 143.11

 300M

 

 

 

 143.44

 400K

 

 

 

 142.31

 400M

 

 

 

 142.94

 500K

 

 

 

 143.42

 500M

 

 

 

 140.64

1000K

 

 

 

 137.78

 1 Hour

 

 

 

142.09

 3 Hour

 

 

 

 143.12

 Standing Start

DISTANCE

DATE

LOCATION

VEHICLE

SPEED (MPH)

25K

 7/25/62

Bonneville, Utah

Pontiac Catalina 

142.37 

 25M

 

 

 

144.92

 50K

 

 

 

 145.75

 50M

 

 

 

 147.07

 75K

 

 

 

 146.90

 75M

 

 

 

 147.77

 100K

 

 

 

 147.49

 100M

 

 

 

 146.78

 200K

 

 

 

 140.42

 200M

 

 

 

 142.93

 250K

 

 

 

 141.99

 250M

 

 

 

 142.01

 300K

 

 

 

 142.75

 300M

 

 

 

 143.07

 400K

 

 

 

 141.98

 400M

 

 

 

 142.67

500K

 

 

 

 143.30

 500M

 

 

 

 140.70

1000K

 

 

 

 138.18

1 Hour

 

 

 

 141.47

 3 Hour

 

 

 

 143.11

NOTE: Records for 25K and above set on 10-mile circle at Bonneville in several classes with pontiac stock car are shared by Mickey Thompson and Lloyd Cox, who co-drove after the first 100 miles. This applies to both the Unlimited Class and the Class B stock car records.

 All records set with 421 cubic inch V-8

 

 Source: Hot Rod ©1962

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