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A 46 yr old man has died at Salt Week!! He lost control at 200mph!! Hope its the last accident there!!
 

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We can but hope that it will be the last but you can bet that it won't be. The USFRA are forever trying to improve safety standards but at the sort of speeds attained on the salt it becomes irrelevant, you crash at some of the higher speeds and no amount of safety equipment will save you.

Once salt fever takes hold you have to go faster....regardless.
 

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Yeah it was Barry Bryant in the Tom Thumb Special fuel competition Coupe, car number 216.

Most people will know the car as it has been used to get 7 Bryant family members into the 200 mph club over the years and as such had appeared in many Speedweek coverage articles. It was a very fast coupe being in the 240's on many occassions.

Here's a photo from 2004 of 6 red hats and the car. Barry is second from the left and his dad Tom, who's car it is is second from the right.

http://www.bryantauto.com/Six Red Hats.JPG

Here's his log of the run

FCC Tom Thumb Special 203.566 - 211.147 - 226.117 - 197.312 - 0.000 crash at 5 mile

Godspeed Barry, Godspeed!
 

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That's an interesting speed log. Something must have gone wrong with the car for him to have already backed off at mile 4 and start bringing it down.

It just goes to show that no matter how tried and tested a car can be you can never be complacent, and I would never suggest that they were, where speed is concerned. :(

Indeed, Godspeed Barry and commiserations to his family. They will be well supported by the close family that makes up the salt racing community.
 
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