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April 12, 2012

Rocketbilly Racing

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PYRO is a 1982 International Transtar 4300 powered by a Westinghouse J34-WE-48 Turbojet engine with afterburner from a T-2 Buckeye. The engine has a single spool, 11-stage axial flow compressor and a single stage axial flow turbine. The J34 produces 12,000 HP with 6,000 lbs. of thrust. PYRO is capable of reaching speeds of over 300 mph, and burns 60 gallons of fuel per run. PYRO proves that the lack of aerodynamics can be offset with intense thrust.

If PYRO’s flaming afterburner isn’t enough, it has been equipped with flame throwing exhaust stacks. These stacks operate both on propane and nitrogen propelled diesel. This high-octane combination allows PYRO to boast one of the most impressive fire displays in the world.

PYRO is an attention getter with its Nathan Airchime K5LA off of a locomotive, and that “loco” is for crazy loud. This freight train horn sounds the B major 6th cord with its five horns. PYRO also lights up the night with its strobe system and custom LED lighting.

PYRO is a NHRA certified exhibition vehicle.

Driver: Bill Berg

Bill Berg, a.k.a. Billy Jack, a native Coloradan, is a master of all things mechanical. His passion for vintage automobiles and motorcycles has brought him to destinations throughout the country. As the owner of a successful Hot Rod company, he has applied his expertise to countless cycles and sleds. His most current undertakings include a 1936 Harley Davidson EL, considered one of the most difficult HD restorations due to the rarity of original parts, and a 1953 Buick Skylark, one of the true gems in the world of vintage cars. Bill is actively involved in local car enthusiast organizations, having shown his prized Skylark at numerous car shows.

Rocketbilly Racing is not Bill’s first experience in racing, but his six wheeled, 12,000 HP, 300 mph, NHRA exhibition vehicle jet truck is the next chapter of his racing career. Since he was young, Bill has been captivated with speed, both in the air and on the ground. The perfect fusion of aviation and automotive is born in his jet truck, PYRO.




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