Lady Bug

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The Lady Bug as it appeared in 1951.
The Lady Bug at the 1954 Bonneville Nationals.
The Lady Bug at the 2011 Bonneville Speedweek. The old belly tank was there as a display. Photo by Randy Chenowth.

The Lady Bug is a Belly TankStreamliner built by Fred Lobello, Benson, Vesco and Dinkians of San Diego, California.[1] Fred ran his 1932 Ford Roadster for several years at the dry lakes. After realizing how simply belly tank streamliners were built, he decided to build one for himself, using the 4 cylinder engine from his roadster. It clocked 144 mph. The Lady Bug was built from the smaller 165-gallon version used on a Navy Corsair, and Fred paid $7 for the tank at a salvage yard.[2]

Magazine Features

Hop Up August 1951
Hop Up July 1953



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