Someone out there has been having too much fun throwing out speculative comments like Dago Red will be restored to stock or will be cut up into a TF-51. ARGH! Only the new owner really knows, but few if anyone would want to see either of those scenarios. Although either of those is better than what has transpired the last few years.
Dago Red is the fastest Unlimited Racer at Reno ever! Not only is it in the books, but just ask the pilots who have flown her like Bruce Lockwood, Skip Holm and most recently Dan Martin. Martin says that the faster you go, the better she flies - and Dago can go fast. Dago Red while flown by Skip Holm posted the only full race ever over 500 mph for an unlimited racer.
Rare Bear is fast. Strega is fast. September Fury was fast. But ... non have had a race over 500. Strega has the potential to do it next but will they be able to do it? Everything has to be perfect, especially the conditions at Stead and none of us have control over that.
Race fans would pour into Stead to see Dago, Strega, Rare Bear, September Fury, Czech Mate and Galloping Ghost all pushing 500 to win. It would look something like ...
Racing fan bottom line ... what would you like to see? This?
or (gulp) this?
The real bottom line sits with the new owner Eric Hoffman who has a good history with Dago Red. I would be happy to see a stocker or even a TF versus a pile of stripped and half-primed parts in a box in some hangar corner.