Needs More V8: 1948 Belly Tank Racer Lakester

Back in the early days of Bonneville Salt Flat racing, guys like Alex Xydias of So Cal Speed Shop took surplus WWII airplane external fuel tanks and turned them into low flying coffins.  The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) even created a special class for the customs (called Lakester) and out on the dry desert floor in the late 1940s, guys ran almost 200 mph with flathead V8s without the aid of forced induction. It was one of the coolest times to be Southern Cali speed freak, and you can relive it with this next feature.  Find this 1948 Belly Tank Racer here on eBay bidding for $4,450 with a few hours to go, located in Key West, FL.

The atmosphere at the early Bonneville events must have been similar to a modern 24 Hrs of LeMons race, with unsponsored hack mechanics showing up for a weekend of racing and partying.  However, before you slap on your vintage helmet and go racing, you are going to need to find an engine/transmission for this thing.

The seller claims this was built as a display mock-up using a decommissioned tank from a WWII era F4U Corsair, and uses 1940s Plymouth axles to hold the wheels up. 

See a better entry for the next soap box derby?