Rod Hadfield #3


Castlemaine, Victoria


Rod is another foundation father of Salt Lakes Racing in Australia. Right from the very start Rod has offered his time and sponsorship to the DLRA. Rod is another from the hot rodding fraternity to be fascinated by the salt, having built some of the classiest and wildest hot rods in Australia.

Over the years he has run a number of vehicles at the salt. The '32 Ford Roadster was originally built as a drag car and was relatively easily converted to a salt lakes racer. The biggest problem during this time was getting the right tyre combination and there was lots of experimentation with gearbox and differential ratios. Rod then bought a rear engined rail and converted it for salt duty. It was in this car that Rod experienced his worst accident, rolling the car and badly damaging his hand. The next car was a running Bonneville Racer a '59 Studebaker Coupe imported from the States, it still required several modifications before turning a wheel at Lake Gairdner. His latest car is the "Bronzed Aussie" Commodore. It is a new car from the ground up and features a full Motec system for monitoring the car and getting the maximum preformance from every component. This car will eventually be powered by the latest version of the "rodent" motor, but for the first year (2001) Rod purchased a motor from Chuck Salmen, unfortunately this threw a rod through the side of the block. Rods aim is to make a return trip to Bonneville with the Commodore and "show these Yanks how it's done!"

Rod was one of 3 Aussies who make up the Aussie AsSalt, "Thunder from Down Under team", going to Bonneville for the 50th Annual Speed Trials in August 1998. Rod took his Studebaker with a motor of his own design based on a big block Chev and destined to be used in the light aircraft industry. The 488 "Rodent" motor performed flawlessly, unfortunately the same cannot be said of the gearbox. Fuel starvation problems also restricted the attempt on a 240MPH record with a very respectable 202MPH

Year Vehicle Class MPH Record
1990 32 Ford Roadster B/GMR 147.17 Open
1991 32 Ford Roadster B/GR 168.07 Open
1991 Streamliner B/GS 172.89 Open
1993 32 Ford Roadster B/GMR 129.45 147.17
1994   A/BFL 198.02 Open
1994   D/PRO 159.12 95.59
1995   A/BFL 219.96 Open
1996 53 Studebaker A/BFALT 188.01 Open
1998 53 Studebaker A/BFALT 212.244 188.01
1999 53 Studebaker A/BFALT 209.863 212.244
2000 53 Studebaker A/BFALT 208.647 209.863
2001 VS Commodore A/FALT 229.767 Open
2001 32 Ford Roadster B/GR 168.00 Open
2002 VS Commodore AA/FALT 248.721 229.767
2003 VS Commodore AA/FALT 259.067 229.767
2004 VS Commodore AA/FALT Broken Gearbox 259.067
2005 VS Commodore AA/FALT 254.327 259.067
2006 VS Commodore AA/FALT 240.0 259.067
2009 1988 Ford Falcon E/GC 117.662 108.169
2010 1975 HJ Holden Wagon B/GC 167.0 163.576
2011 1934 Ford Roadster B/GR Washed Out 195.577
2012 1996 VS Holden Commodore AA/FALT Washed Out 259.067
2013 1996 VS Holden Commodore AA/FALT 209.998 259.067
2014 1996 VS Holden Commodore AA/FALT 226.686 259.067
2015 VR Holden Comodore AA/FALT 250.243 259.067

MPH shown in RED is highest speed recorded for that class up and including that year.
Records shown are the highest speed attained for that class from all previous years
or have never had a vehicle register a speed for that class and are considered Open.



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