If you read this blog regularly, then the name Tom Donney is not unknown to you.
He is owner of the famous workshop
Saab Car #9275
Dan A Haugh has reported interesting details about the Saab car #9275: “It was brought to my attention that your article made it appear that my car #9275, was owned by Tom Donney. Though I suppose it would be possbile that Tom might own it someday, I built and drive the car, it has more records at the Ohio Mile than any other vehicle, 2 or 4 wheel, any kind of power.”
Here is what he says it was yesterday: “Two Saabs in Impound. It took four runs to do it but we finally made it into impound. We exceeded our old record by 1 1/2 mile an hour which is not much. Now we run again in the morning and then the two way average of today and yesterday will determine if we have a new record. The Saab 900 is running on an open record (non existing yet) so as long as he makes the finish line …Dan will have a new record”
Today his team has made a breakthrough: “On our fifth run we were able to attain a new record of 123.075mph with out 750cc engine! (Top speed over 124)
Had a mirage of small issues limiting our success. We had a run 7/10 of a second slow and 3/10 of a second off our old record of 121.203mph. Had a starter issues twice, once at the starting line, Electric water pump failure, brakes completely failed (only use rear) and finally a computer table that had a limiting glitch that kept us under 8300 RPM. Once we sort of all that out we hit our Mark.
NOW We have a record were changing drivers and will continue to crawler way up the speed ladder with a vintage Saab Sonett two stroke“