On August 12, 2010, Harding set a new land speed record for a vintage gas coupe with a speed of 97.177 mph driving a 1931 Ford Model A, named Lickity-Split, on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
On Monday, Tonya did a qualifying run, of 79.1 mph. On Tuesday, she did a second run, at 83.618 mph, establishing a record of 81.37 mph, from the two runs. She is the first person to drive a 1931 vintage gas coup on the Salt Flats, to establish a land speed record. Also, this is the first time that a vintage gas coup has competed at a SCTA-BNI sanctioned event.
The car, named Lickety-Split, is owned by Yacolt WA resident Pete Richardson. It's a 1931, stock body Model A coup, powered by a 1932 4 cylinder flathead, with few modifications.
Pete Richardson purchased Lickety-Split, a full-bodied 1931 Model A Coupe after his wife passed away around 2003. Richardson, who is 82, heads toBonneville with daughter Tamra Slagle and her husband Shane Slagle.
In addition to Tamra and Shane, the crew has also included friend Tonya Harding. The team has worked together to set several world land speed records in the vintage gas couple class. Harding, who previously set the flat head with supercharger record at 97.1 mph, has moved to eastern Oregon
Richardson, who turned 79 on Sept. 10, headed to this year’s event with daughter Tamra Slagle and her husband Shane Slagle.
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