Street Luges have been around since the early 70's when the California
skate board craze kicked in. It wasn't long after that the the
skateboarders started making street luges out of plywood and using
standard wheels and trucks, with stream lined ferrings. In October
I supplied rockets for Sam Puccio, Jr. His street luge was only
53" long by
7" wide. It still reached speeds of 75 mph. The big drawback
then were the
wheels and bearings that would not hold up to the high rpm and
Now-a-days there are many companies that offer high speed wheels
bearings. With this advancement, downhill speeds have been approaching
mph without rockets. The Guinness World Record for the rocket
street luge is under 100 mph. After surfing the web and looking
luges I found the majority of the street luges use the same basic
saw nothing really innovative that would ultimately increase the
took a close look at the current down hill luge racers luge and
with the current rocket powered luge record holder. There was
difference between the two except that it had 24 small rocket
motors on the
rear end. With this addition of the rocket engines, the speed
minimal compared to a standard non-propelled street luge.
I decided if I was going to build a street luge that I would
build a luge
that would accommodate large rocket motors. The main motor would
thrust than all of the current record holder's motors combined.
combined with 12 J-350s would easily break the current record.
I decided to
use larger wheels so I could accommodate larger bearings and a
I also machined my own trucks out of a piece of 6066-T6 aluminum
Another one of my main concerns was the lack of breaking that
street luge has. To me it sounds primitive to use your shoes
to stop a
vehicle at over 100 mph. I invented my own braking system so
you would not
have to take your feet off of the pedals to stop. One of my other
was that with the luge exceeding 100 mph it potentially could
fly. I've had
a lot of experience with aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing.
I built this
luge to be aerodynamically stable and it will hug the ground.
Saturday, September 29, 2001 we made our first 2nd high speed
used 1 K-550 and 12 J-350s. We fired the K-550 first and the
12 J-350s all
at once. In Minnesota we do not have very steep hills so we had
for an initial coast speed of 56 mph. and then fire the first
Approx 10 seconds later we fired the 2nd set. The official speed
mph. The run was timed with a set of Chrondek clocks. The speed
120' apart. The luge was driven by Randy Olson a long time friend
This run will go down in the record books as being the first to
run over 100
mph in a rocket powered street luge. I have already began to
Luge, where the primary engine will be a long burn L-600 and 10
This will easily put our speed over 150 mph.
Stay tuned for our next record making run!