Eugene "Beau" LeBlanc of Cupertino, California. Having an interest for automobiles, Beau was a hot rodder early in his life. In the early 1950s he decided to test his skills at the salt flats, and he designed a twin-Hemi streamliner known as the LeBlanc Special. The streamliner was Gene's attempt to set a land speed record at Bonneville in 1953, 1954 and 1955. He was given the Harvey Haller Memorial Award for sportsmanship at Bonneville in 1954. As reported in Hot Rod Magazine November 1954, "Gene's determination and contagious good humor, in spite of many difficulties, made this choice a "natural.""
After Bonneville, Gene got into drag racing. He also ran LeBlanc's Engineering, a motor repair and rebuild shop in Sunnyvale, California for many years. He was very successful running a B Fuel dragster at Fremont in the late 1950s. According to Gene's nephew Jeff LeBlanc, It was a very simple design, running a rather heavy 430 CI Lincoln engine with 8 carbs; "My oldest brother helped mix the fuel and set the car at the start line. The car routinely ran the lowest ET, and beat many A Fuelers. His driver was Yeiji Toyota, who ran the first sub-9 second ET, 180 MPH I think, and was attempting to back up the record on 11/29/1959 at Fremont when the car crashed at about 150 MPH, resulting in a fatal brain injury. Beau stopped his direct involvement in drag racing after that, but later was active in the dune buggy scene. He bought the "town" of Glamis, California, and built a 1/8 mile sand track for fun. He owned a pretty hot dune buggy as well."
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