Video: GMC Motorhome Sets Speed Record at 122 MPH

Video: GMC Motorhome Sets Speed Record at 122 MPH

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Land speed records are a hell of a thing. Imagine traveling down the Bonneville Salt Flats at nearly 500 MPH in a purpose-built rocket-shaped car, or even just over half that in something a bit more mundane-looking. The thrill you might feel from traveling that fast is something that most of us will only get to dream of doing…unless, of course, you buy or build something capable of setting records.

One such example is this 1977 GMC Motorhome, according to a report by The Drive. Yes, motorhome. But this isn’t just any RV that you’d use while taking your family on vacation. Instead, it’s a 700-horsepower record-breaking beast capable of doing a whopping 122 mph—brisk for a Class A motorhome.

This speed demon started out life as a 1977 GMC Kingsley Motorhome. Its owner, Britt Palmer, decided that he wanted to beat the 2006 land speed record set by a different GMC Motorhome and raise awareness for a neurological disease called Charcot Marie Tooth Disease while doing so. The number to beat was 102.7 mph. So, as The Autopian points out, the GMC was sent off to the custom fabricator behind many of your favorite cars from the Fast & Furious franchise, Dennis McCarthy, to prepare for the salt flats.

Read the full report by The Drive.