IMG_0835Restoration Director, John Baechtel

goldenrod sunsetThe sun has set on the Goldenrod era, but its extraordinary performance record and the car itself have now been preserved for future generations to admire.

goldenrod enginegoldenrod engine rawMany thanks to Mike Cook and the talented crew members at Cook Motorsports for their tireless assistance in completing the restoration of this timeless monument to landspeed racing history. Please support their efforts at Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout.

Goldenrod-Restoration-Team2-copyRestoration Crew


Please Note:

The Goldenrod has been completed and now resides in a dedicated location at the Henry Ford, The display stand seen in the background contains the original wind tunnel model constructed by Bill Summers, Bob (Butch) Summers helmet (on loan from the family) and one of the original record scoops that had been modified for more air flow at slower speeds. After an exhausting investigative effort I tracked the model and the scoops down from a collector in England and the museum ponied up an enormous sum to rejoin them with the car.

Bob Summers passed away in 1992, but the surviving brother Bill, remained with us until 5/13/2011. He was able to participate in and see the results of the restoration effort undertaken by the museum before his untimely death. Rest in peace Butch and Bill; two landmark pioneers of landspeed racing. John Baechtel

Goldenrod at The Henry Ford

Goldenrod at The Henry Ford