ELKHART LAKE, Wis., – June 29, 2023 – Brace yourselves, motorsport enthusiasts and racing aficionados, for an extraordinary event that will transport you back to the exciting golden era of racing. The highly anticipated WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman, set to take place from July 13-16, is gearing up to showcase an automotive icon that redefined the boundaries of engineering in the 1960s: the awe-inspiring Howmet TX. Renowned for its trailblazing use of a gas turbine engine, the Howmet TX left an indelible mark on the racing world during its all-too-brief, immensely impactful, competitive career.
Design and engineering came from Bob McKee of McKee Engineering in Palatine, IL, who at the time had his own McKee line of Can-Am race cars and was ideally suited for this Howmet-funded project as he conceived this marvel and skillfully brought the vision to life. McKee sold and built them with any Chevy, Ford, or Mopar Hemi power plant, so designing motor mounts and installing a turbine engine in his racecars was an easy concept to execute. The result was a vehicle that stood apart from its contemporaries, a symbol of innovation and a testament to the immense talent behind its creation.
Meticulously restored by a team of dedicated experts, the Howmet TX has regained its original glory. This complete restoration is a rare treat for fans and automotive enthusiasts attending the WeatherTech International Challenge, allowing them to witness this iconic vehicle’s awe-inspiring presence again. We sincerely thank Phillip Sarofim, owner of Meyers Manx, for graciously allowing the Howmet TX to be displayed at Road America, serving as a testament to its timeless allure.
The Howmet TX, one of only four in existence, graced Road America as its test track during 1967-1968, solidifying the racetrack’s place in the annals of its storied legacy. Its inclusion in the upcoming event will evoke a sense of nostalgia, transporting us back to a time when innovation knew no bounds and the pursuit of automotive excellence was paramount. Road America Founder, Clif Tufte, pictured (on left) during a test in ‘68. ->
A true spectacle awaits attendees during the Friday night concours parade into downtown Elkhart Lake. As fans and enthusiasts line the route, they will witness the unmistakable whine of the Howmet TX’s gas turbine engine. It will be a rare opportunity to experience firsthand the engineering marvel that revolutionized racing technology over five decades ago, igniting a passion that still burns bright today.
Mark your calendars for the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman is not to be missed. With the inclusion of the legendary Howmet TX, this remarkable event promises to be an unforgettable celebration of automotive heritage, a captivating showcase of groundbreaking technological breakthroughs that have forever shaped the industry.
Prepare yourself for the resurgence of a racing legend as the Howmet TX takes center stage at the historic Road America racetrack. As the fusion of innovation and speed intertwines, witness automotive history comes alive. Join us as we pay homage to the remarkable achievements of the past, embracing the spirit that continues to drive us toward an exciting future.
Bob McKee will also be at Road America for this event, including scheduled exhibition laps, the Friday Racecar Concours, and an autograph signing at the Howmet TX tent.
Event details, ticket pricing, and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Anyone 16 years old and under is FREE with a paying adult at the gate. Racing runs rain or shine.