John Baechtel

John  Baechtel

John Baechtel was a founding partner of the Westech Performance Group engine dyno testing laboratory and was a previous editor of Car Craft and Hot Rod magazines. He's also a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH club, with SCTA and FIA International speed records under his belt. He was the main force behind the restoration of the Summers Brothers Land Speed Record car for The Henry Ford Museum in 1993, when he drove the first production-based Mustang Cobra past 200 mph. He is still passionate about engines and high-performance technologies after more than 34 years of high-performance engine and vehicle testing. While following his interest in land speed racing and cultivating his huge collection of land speed model cars and memorabilia, he currently works as a technical consultant for various performance aftermarket firms.