THE PHOENIX TRUCK!
BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS
WORLD RECORD HOLDER
2002 Photos sent by Carl and the boys!
Hi Jim & Dorinda'
I thought you might enjoy a few pictures of the phoenix. I've already sent one of my friend George Nielson
warming up the new push truck. George has a 1965 narrow nose Pete that does about 115 mph in a quarter. It
has an 8V92 detroit with twin turbos and nitus oxide. You might show these pictures to you dentist friend Doc
Hemp. I'm also sending a few pictures of our wind tunnel and some bonneville pictures.
This site is part of & made possible by the B.A.D. CHARIOTS - (Harleys, Racing, Trains, Planes & Automobiles) and Doc Hemp's DENTAL SITE Homepages! So, Please visit Dave & Becky's other 150 urls there too! After visiting this great page of course! Also visit our world class hi-tech Music Room!
The Phoenix! World record holding diesel truck! 212.478 mph at Bonnieville, 1996 .. Caught fire at
237mph in 1997. The owner is Carl Heap/R.B. Slagle. This was given to me by my very
good friend Jim Goff. He got it from Carl Heap. See some old emails below.
Fri, 26 Jun 1998 15:37:02 -0500
Betty Slagle firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Dave and Becky,
I was surfing the net just now, looking for anything about the late R.B.
Slagle and the Phoenix. I am his daughter, and wondered if you might
have a print I could obtani of the picture you have posted on your
Thanks for your help.
Division of Molecular Virology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX 77030
re: Phoenix Photo
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 10:05:36 -0500
"Slagle, Betty" email@example.com
"'C. David Hemp, DDS'" firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all your efforts in getting the picture of the Phoenix lined up.
A scan and injet print would be great- it doesn't need to be laminated.
Also, snail mail is also fine for this. My work address is listed at the
bottom of this email.
My dad's hobby with the Phoenix generated a lot of interest, but the Phoenix
wasn't what he considered his biggest accomlishment in life. He was most
proud of having a successful log truck business- he said that that was a lot
more of a challenge than designing and building the Phoenix. Lots of people
miss him, that's for sure.
Thanks again for the picture. I really appreciate it.
RE: Phoenix Photo
Thu, 2 Jul 1998 15:50:41 -0500
"Slagle, Betty" email@example.com
"'C. David Hemp DDS Inc.'" firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all your effort. I was interested in the photo because of the
people in it- I have several of the Phoenix itself.
I can get the photo from Carl without any difficulty. He has been very
helpful to my mom, and we don't have any problem contacting him for the
print now that I know he's the one who has it. By the way, Carl now owns my
dad's pickup (which they tell me was more of an engineering marvel than the
Phoenix itself. I don't know, because I'm not mechanically inclined!) The
pickup was designed to pull the Phoenix back to Utah for the races.
Thanks again for everything.
Jim Goff & I were invited to crew (watch) on one of their World Record Attempts.
10/26/98 - Up date from Carl Heap himself.
Sun, 25 Oct 1998 10:04:44 -0800
"Carl Heap" email@example.com
I was told about this site by Mrs.Slagle, and thought I would give you an
update on what is happening with The Phoenix. First of all I want to thank
you for having such a nice web site and including The Phoenix in it.
We took the truck to Bonneville in August 1998 and after a few problems were
able to complete the measured mile with an average speed of 232 mph and an
exit, or terminal speed of 239 mph. This was 6 mph faster than the record
for an ulimited diesel truck but unfortunately the engine was damaged and we
couldn't make a second run and back up our first. We did manage to make the
needed repairs and were ready to go again when the rains came and forced the
end of the meet.
Currently the truck is in a container and on its way to Essen, Germany where
it will be on display at the Essen Motorshow and be available for the
310,000 people who attend the event to see it.
We will return to the salt in August of next year and attempt to break the
record for a diesel truck.
All of the peole associated with The Phoenix and with salt flat racing lost
a true friend when R.B.Slagle passed away. We all miss him a great deal and
it is in his memory that we continue to achieve our goals.
9/7/2007 9:36 AM
My name is Alan Kolkow. I am originally from Grants Pass, OR, and I used to work with Bob Slagle. My father operated log loader for Spalding and loaded Bob's trucks for close to 20 years.And at one time I was a member of the Caveman 4 Wheelers. I used to play off-road with Carl Heap and the rest of the bunch from Walt & Jon's.
The main reason I am writing is that I heard that the Phoenix was retired and put in a museum after Carl and Bob passed away. I never did get to actually see this vehicle in person. If it is a museum, where could I go and view it? My Parents never did tell it is.
Could you help me?
I would very much appreciate it.
Alan Kolkow ....... Flyingcloud56@aol.com
Another Update 9/16/07 .... My pal Jim Goff passed away this year .... another gear head and speed freak buddy of mine gone. Jim always had the fastest Harley, boat, cars, etc. When he was last in the hospital last year before he went home I visited him there and on the way stopped by Radio Shack and bought him a R/C 4WD car that could roll over and still keep going ... he was chasing the nurses and doctors all over the hospital with that ... life is fragile friends ... and on this earth it is the journey that really counts "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take" ...... "But by the moments that take our breath away!" Author unknown. ... Jimbo ... I miss you ... miss you stopping by the office any time you damn well pleased ... all excited about your latest project!
Dorinda, Jim's wife and also always a great friend of Becky and myself, still comes in and made us a wonderful railroad quilt recently that is hanging in our train room at our dental office.