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« on: August 07, 2013, 12:02:58 AM »

What is the best driving route from Los Angeles to Speedweek?  My computer is showing a number of paths, and one is on a road that goes through Ely, NV, which is in the middle of nowhere.

The other goes through Las Vegas, but longer.

Any preferences?

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Jeff
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 12:20:55 AM »

  Follow the advice given to you by something wiser.
Just get gas well ahead of time, or carry a back-up jug.
It is a good 2 lane road wit an occasional passing lane on uphill stretches.
Obey the posted limits, or stay within no more than 5 over.
Plenty of good spots for "Johnny" to fall out of a tree.

With the price of gas, I'll take the shortest route, every trip of the train.

Do you use gasbuddy.com?

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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 07:36:23 AM »

What is the best driving route from Los Angeles to Speedweek?  My computer is showing a number of paths, and one is on a road that goes through Ely, NV, which is in the middle of nowhere.

Our route is from Las Vegas to SLC then heading back we're going via Ely.  It's middle of nowhere, but we do get to drive the ET Highway which has been something on my bucket list for years now.  Gas stations seem sparse so Ill be topping up at every opportunity.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 08:12:45 AM »

When I lived down there, my preferred drive was up the Sierra Highway to Bishop, Tonopah, Ely and Wendover. Wayno
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 08:39:38 AM »

Are looking for the quickest route? or looking for a cruse with very little traffic and a hint of uncertainty?

Quickest= 15N to 93n to 318n to 6n (ELY) to 93n to wendover. this route can save you about a hour if traffic thru vegas is light(late at night)

My prefered route.
15n to 127n (BAKER) turns into 373, 95n to 6n (TONOPAH) to 93n (ELY). 120+ miles of no service between TONOPAH and ELY. Little to know traffic with this route. Just make sure you gas up in Tonopah have some extra water and slow down on the mountain passes. alot of big truck take this route and take up both lanes sometimes.

What ever you do don't take 395 north.
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 11:08:08 AM »

The 93 - 318 is the shortest.  And if you want to stay in Ely overnight, the Hotel Nevada is cheap and fun.  Two hours from there to the salt.  And going back, maybe take a different route.  I do, often thru Tonopah or even the Bristlecone Pine forest.  Or even thru Death Valley.  I've done them both in my un-air conditioned 28 Mercury and towing -- and don't regret it.  I see you're from out of the country, so why not take a little extra time to see ours.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 11:18:14 AM »

My friend from Ely tells me that it is most definitely NOT in the middle of nowhere.  I believe it's actually a couple of miles down the road from Ely.   
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2013, 12:10:51 PM »

Listen to Stan Back.

He's a veteran............and only slightly disabled.

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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2013, 12:36:01 PM »

If you take NV-318, you can practice for next month's Silver State Classic Challenge open road race.  I think you'd be going in the wrong direction, though. So, try it on the way home, instead.  The record for fastest speed ever recorded on a public highway (215+) was set there.   That event runs at the same time as the Shootout, so if you're coming back for that, you'll  have to take US-93, as NV-318 will be closed for the race.
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2013, 04:26:37 PM »

WOW Stan.........a 28 Merc......12 years before they came available to the public......UFB.......
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2013, 05:22:50 PM »

Ford didn't make one -- so I did.


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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2013, 08:26:06 PM »

is it a three wheeler?

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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2013, 11:47:50 PM »

is it a three wheeler?

FREUD


F'ing hilarious. I actually LOL'd.
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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2013, 03:50:50 AM »

The record for fastest speed ever recorded on a public highway (215+) was set there.   

Trimmers, fastest Speed ever recorded on a public highway was Rudolf Caracciola's 269mph in 1938 on the German Autobahn in a Mercedes Benz. And yes, he is a member of the 200mph Club.
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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2013, 05:58:48 AM »

The record for fastest speed ever recorded on a public highway (215+) was set there.   

Trimmers, fastest Speed ever recorded on a public highway was Rudolf Caracciola's 269mph in 1938 on the German Autobahn in a Mercedes Benz. And yes, he is a member of the 200mph Club.

Hey, you're right!!!!  I forgot about that.  Apparently, the Guiness Book of World Records folks did, too.  Their certificate as issued to the Silver State Classic Challenge is shown on the SSCC website.  I went back and  read it again, and found it says "...during a legal racing event...".  But I certainly think that would have been the case with Caracciola's run, too. 

In either case, it sounds like a fun event.  I looked at the rules, and (if parachutes are removed, and appropriate tires installed), any Bonneville-legal car should pass their their tech.
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