Seeing a senior citizen driving a Lamborghini Gallardo is pretty much unusual – as they tend to be caught in traffic in a Camry – but it’s also not that out of the ordinary, considering how many billionaires the planet has.
What is spectacular here is that Bob Helms, who is probably now faster than he ever was before – at least on land – is not only concealing his 71 years of age, but he is doing it inside a twin-turbocharged, 2,200 horsepower (1,641 kilowatts) monster. Yes, the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, a mean machine in its own right, has been through serious tuning at Underground Racing. The experts there rebuilt the entire engine, even using its own manufactured cylinder blocks from billet aluminum. All this is because Bob likes to hang out at the Texas Speed Syndicate’s Texas Invitational runway racing event – and has been doing it for the past five years. The thing he was never better than third and last time he even blew the engine.
So, at this year’s edition he came more prepared than ever. His first attempts landed a speed of 197 miles per hour (317 kilometers per hour) but a few runs afterwards he was already doing 213.87 mph (344.19 km/h), the highest speed ever recorded on the course. And because why not, he even pushed beyond that limit and reached 215 mph (346 km/h). “You don’t give up, you keep coming back. It’s all about the fun,” Bob said. “I love what [Underground Racing] do, because without them we couldn’t do this.”