SoCal Belly Tank 1952
404 Brass nails
Size : L 161cm / W 84cm / H 42cm
The body is made of thin elm slats, fixed with brass nails. The bottom is veneered with amaranth wood.
The wheels, the exhausts and the spoiler are made of walnut, glued laminated walnut and lime was used for both axles.
The contours of the cockpit were made in Gabon ebony.
1/2 scale sculpture of the famous Belly Tank built after WWII by the So-Cal Speed Shop garage in California.
These old additional fuel tanks made it possible to prolong flight time during conflicts. In large numbers in the military surplus of the time, their aerodynamic shape quickly interested speed racing pilots.
In 1952, after years of development within the So-Cal Speed Shop, the most famous version was born. The P38 Belly Tank Lakester will set a new speed record in its class: 198,340 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.