Belly Tankers

A Lakester is a land speed record vehicle with a streamlined body but per the rules with four exposed wheels. It is often made out of a modified aircraft drop tank (aka “Belly Tank or Belly Tanker”). The main attraction is the drop tank’s excellent aerodynamics. After World War II surplus tanks were sold for $35 or $40 apiece and hundreds of them were stockpiled in surplus yards. The most common used was the 315-gallon tank from the P-38 Lightning due to its greater size. The tanks consisted of two halves bolted together, however since the top half had fuel openings and all the necessary hardware to fasten it to the aircraft, usually only two bottom halves were used to create a Lakester.

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