January 19, 2021

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Utah Valley University – Orem, Utah, Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombshell Betty Racecar to be Reengineered and Restored

By UVU Students to honor the Legacy of its Owner

 

Orem, Utah — “Bombshell Betty” — the iconic 1952 Buick, famous for its unique appearance and six land-speed world records at the Bonneville Speedway in Utah — is being updated and reengineered to break the 200-mph mark with the help of an unlikely group — students at Utah Valley University.

 

Students studying metal fabrication, engineering, aerodynamics, electrical systems, computer science/data acquisition, surface treatments, electronic controls, and engine performance will collaborate with faculty and workforce professionals to create a vehicle designed to travel at 200 mph.

 

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to learn project and time management, teamwork, organization, hard work, and the satisfaction of completing a job,” said Jeff Holm, UVU Transportation Technology professional in residence. “The car has a very unique appearance and draws people’s attention regardless of where it is.”

 

The car’s improvements started more than three years ago by its owner, Don Cash, Jr., but was cut short when he tragically died on the summit of Mount Everest in 2019. Holm, Cash, Jr.’s  friend teamed up with Don Jr.’s daughter Danielle, and father, Don Cash, Sr., to continue the restoration as a tribute to their friend, father, and son.

 

“It’s an emotional ride for us to complete this car,” said Holm. “I can’t help but think Don is looking down on us and smiling to see his car being completed and driven by his daughter.”

 

The project began again on Oct. 15, 2020 and is scheduled to be finished by September 2021, which will make it possible for Cash, Jr.’s daughter Danielle to race the car at the annual Speed Week on the Bonneville Speedway. For more information about the Bombshell Betty and its restoration click here.

 

 

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About Utah Valley University

At 40,000 students and growing, Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the state of Utah, and one of a few in the nation offering a model that combines the rigor and richness of a first-rate teaching university with the openness and vocational programs of a community college. UVU’s unique model, which focuses on student success, engaged learning, rigorous academic programs, and faculty-mentored research, is transforming higher education by making it more affordable and accessible to students of all backgrounds.

 

University Marketing &Communications:

Jeff Holm

801-863-5737 | [email protected]

Scott Trotter

801-863-6807 | [email protected]

Barb Smith

801-863-5274 | [email protected]u

 

 

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E-Type UK, one of Britain’s leading Jaguar E-type specialists, has completed a complete restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8 FHC that had been sat since since 1979.

After an extensive sandblasting and a three-day strip-down, 40 years of neglect, along with previous cheap repairs and dampness were revealed.

E-Type UK repaired and future-proofed the car by identifying and replacing sections that were too rotten to save – many areas of the floor and the inner and outer sills were beyond saving. Those parts were replaced and the body was strengthened further in other places to ensure that the whole car was stiffer than it ever had been.

Once the body was suitably prepared, the whole car was cleaned, skimmed, and block sanded to help restore the car’s signature lines.

The car was then finished in an Opalescent Silver Blue exterior, with a new Oxblood Red leather interior, keeping the original paint colour but swapping the original matching blue interior.

1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 FHC

With the car reassembled to a rolling chassis, the E-Type UK team then got to work on a number of performance and usability upgrades. The original 3.8-litre XK6 engine was fitted with high-lift cams, a balanced and lightened crank and new seals, while a new five-speed gearbox for tighter shifts and more refined cruising, a new full stainless-steel sports exhaust, and an aluminium radiator and header tank for enhanced cooling were also fitted.

Finishing touches included fresh chromework and headlight surrounds, plus a new red vinyl bonnet mouth u – a nod to examples of the ultra-rare E-type Lightweight.

1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 FHC

“A restoration like this is a real challenge for our team; 40 years of inactivity takes an enormous toll on every single part of a vehicle,” said E-Type UK founder, Marcus Holland. “But customers come to us to make their dream car a reality, so we will take it apart piece-by-piece, clean and improve everything we can save and replace everything that we can’t with better-than-original quality.

“Not only are we delighted to have delivered our client a car they’ve always wanted, but we’re honoured to have played a part in keeping this piece of British motoring history on the road, and being used regularly, for many years to come.”

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