Phillip Weicker, Duncan Forster, and Alex Saegert turned to Kickstarter with one goal in mind — to be crowned with the title “The World’s Fastest Hot Tub.” The vessel? A 1969 Coupe De Ville Convertible with a “gutted” interior that had been replaced with a hot tub. Yes, you saw that right. A hot tub. The goal of the campaign was to fund the trip and racing expenses for attendance at the Bonneville Flats.
In 2001, the Carpool became a prize exhibit at the Canadian International Auto Show. At the show, representatives from the Southern California Timing Association, challenged the team to earn the title, “World’s Fastest Hot Tub”. This would be made official at the Bonneville Salt Flats later that year. Unfortunately this wasn’t the outcome for the Carpool team. By 2004, the car had run its course. Due to poor, college-funded plumbing, the chassis was ruined and the Carpool team was forced to “call it quits” later that year.
Over the last six years, the team decided to rehash their dream to claim the the title, “World’s Fastest Hot Tub”. The chosen vessel for the hot tub is a 1969 Coupe DeVille Convertible. This time around, the team improved the car, heating, suspension, controls and plumbing. The DeVille uses the original 472 cubic inch, 7.7 liter, V8 to power the car and hot tub down the track at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The campaign was fully funded in July, surpassing their $10,000 goal. The plan was to use the funding to attend SpeedWeek at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Aug, 2014. Unfortunately, yet another mishap has prevented the team from attaining the elusive title as the “World’s Fastest Hot Tub”. SpeedWeek 2014 was canceled due to rain and flooding. Since, the cancellation of Speedweek, the team has taken it upon themselves to set there own land speed record. In August of 2014 the team set and measured a speed of 55 MPH. At the time of writing, they are still awaiting verification of the world record for “Fastest Hot Tub”.