Military Surplus Meets Race Cars
The United States’ military budget is based in part on the assurance that personnel will have adequate resources to complete their missions. When military equipment becomes obsolete, it often becomes available for civilian purchase, usually at very reasonable prices. From World War II to the present day, many hot-rodders and other car and boat builders have taken advantage of these bargains to create everything from iconic race cars and jet- or rocket-powered land speed record machines to modified street rides. This presentation will look at some of these unique machines and the surplus sources that have inspired innovation.
Tom Styczynski is a retired Lockheed Martin senior staff engineer. He started his career as a truck and specialty vehicle designer with Hendrickson and Barnes & Reinecke in Chicago, then joined Lockheed’s Ground Vehicle Systems in 1974. For the next 35 years, he held positions that included design and systems engineering, group engineering, and project/program management. Project assignments included the Hubble Space Telescope, the Space Exploration Initiative, the FAA air traffic control systems, and the X33 VentureStar launch system. He is also a 50-year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Tom is a long time car enthusiast and loves vintage racing his Lotus 7.