Racing
Steve Watt’s first memory of racing was going to the old San Jose Speedway with his dad and brother in 1968, when he was 5 years old. Four of the guys who raced there worked for my dad. After work, the four racers would work on their super modifieds and Steve and his brother would get to help. Steve’s been hooked on racing ever since.
Maxwell Industries is involved in many forms of racing - we build and run sprints, midgets and land speed cars. Our shock dynos are used in almost every form of racing and we fabricate custom headers and other pieces for race cars and hot rods. Everything we do is tested in one of the harshest proving grounds in the world - the Bonneville Salt Flats. Watch the video to see two of the record-holding, land speed cars we've built - Speed Demon and Green Demon.
Open Wheel Racing
Ventura, California has a great little dirt track that brings racers from all the surrounding areas. Steve was exposed to sprints and midgets running half sideways around the track. Steve graduated from helping work on super modifieds as a kid to working on midgets and sprint cars. Steve's involvement in sprint extends past the track to the Bonnevile Salt Flats, where the Maxwell Industries-built Green Demon holds the record for the World's Fastest Sprint Car at over 211 mph.
Land Speed Racing
Maxwell Industries got involved with land speed racing by building headers for Kenny Duttweiler. Kenny Duttweiler was the engine builder for streamliner that was called Flatfire. Steve’s role evolved from fabricating, to crew member to crew chief in the years since. Along the way, the Poteet & Main Speed Demon has won the Hot Rod Trophy (signifying the fastest car of the meet) an unprecendented 5 years in a row and set numerous world records. They also currently hold the title of World’s Fastest Piston Engine Car.


Speed Demon Rebuild Updates
Speed Demon crashed in 2014 during a test session - the driver walked away from the accident, which occured at over 300 mph and lasted over a mile. The decision was made to completely rebuild Speed Demon from the ground up and Maxwell Industries is in charge of this effort. The photos and updates below show the progress as we work to get Speed Demon ready to break more records on the salt in 2015.
In the News
Speedweek Record Run
09/01/2016
22:12:48 ET
This is a split screen video of the the four cameras during a run on the salt this year.
 
From the Salt
Six Years! The Hot Rod Trophy
Hot Rod Magazine
08/19/2016
20:43:47 ET
Since 2009, George Poteet and his team have taken the HOT ROD trophy for the fastest single flying mile of Speed Week. The first five of those wins were in the Poteet & Main Speed Demon, and the latest win is in the all-new Speed Demon team streamliner. The new car uses the same engines built by Kenny Duttweiler, but it’s lighter, with less drag and better aero than before. Co-Crew Chief Steve Watt also cooked up some new tricks to make wrenching between runs easier than before.
 
From the Salt
Hot Rod Magazine- Land Speed Cars in Impound - Photo Gallery
Hot Rod Magazine
08/19/2016
20:42:29 ET
To get your name in the SCTA record book you not only have to drive faster than the current record, you have to back it up. Make a pass and have any one of your flying mile speeds (example: mile 2, mile 3, mile 4, or mile 5) exceed the record by .001mph and you qualify to break the record the following day.
 
From the Salt
Speed Demon Engine Quick Change - Video
Hot Rod Magazine
08/19/2016
20:41:32 ET
The Speed Demon Racing Team, backed by the legendary forces of George Poteet, Ron Main, Kenny Duttweiler, and Steve Watt took a record in the B/BFS class on Monday at SCTA Speed Week to the tune of 416.511 mph. Hunting for even more, the team lost an engine today.
 
From the Salt
Bonneville Thursday Update
08/18/2016
13:27:02 ET
Nicked a head gasket. Engine undamaged and repairs were quickly accomplished by the Demon crew. Car is ready to run again. It currently has the top speed of the meet at 442 MPH which will claim the Hot Rod Trophy for a another year. If nobody tops that speed on Thursday the Demon will not run again until the Shootout next month. On that last run the team were still doing a bit of research with yarn tufts taped to the tail. Video and still shots by photographers provided insight to air movement across the tail and the rear bodywork. Note one of the shots showing more of the car and the exhaust exiting ahead of and on either side of the tail. Note position of the skirt ahead of the rear wheels indicating no lift at speed.

The wing closeup is a shot of the yarn tufts on the Speed Demon tail at somewhere around 400 mph.

John Baechtel photos
From the Salt
More Photos from Tuesday and Early Wednesday
08/17/2016
14:29:59 ET
From the Salt
Tuesday Recap
08/17/2016
14:08:23 ET
406 MPH at the 4 Mile when George heard a pop and shut it down. Fuel flow problem caused some damage so the 388ci engine went into the trailer and the 368ci bullet was installed for tomorrow. Car was 12.5 mph faster to the 3 mile than any other previous run. This was the car's fastest ever speed at the 4 mile so it was on a mission until the fuel problem occurred. Team thrashed that engine change in only a couple hours.



Lost the engine at 3.5 miles. Still ran 406mph at the 4 mile. Car was 12.5 mph faster to the 3 mile than any other previous run. New engine is ready for the morning run

From the Salt
More Photos From the Salt
08/16/2016
13:50:32 ET
From the Salt
Smokin The Tires
08/15/2016
10:26:43 ET
Smoking the tires at 442 mph exit speed got the record in blown fuel streamliner B engine record around 416 mph
From the Salt
Speedweek Day 1 is a Good One!
08/13/2016
20:43:15 ET
They only lets us run to the 4 mile instead of the 5 mile mark. We went 382 on a 1991 381 record by Al Teague We are headed to impound on the 1st run on a brand new car. Things are looking good ! Will run a back up run tomorrow morning.
In the News
Why Is The Speed Demon So Damned Fast?
HotRodEngineTech.com
08/03/2016
12:50:21 ET
What makes George Poteet’s awesome Speed Demon streamliner consistently able to crack off seemingly effortless 400 mph plus runs on the Bonneville salt flats?  Among the contributing factors for the car’s stunning performance its sleek aerodynamic profile, traction control and Poteet’s nerves-of-steel driving skills rank high on the list. But the primary component of the Demon’s potent high-velocity formula is a nasty trio of highly boosted twin turbocharged small block Chevy V8s ensuring that the original generation one small block Chevy is still the fastest V8 engine on the planet.
 
From the Shop
Preparation Underway
08/03/2016
12:46:14 ET
The test and tune went well. We learned lots and found everything to be in good shape when we got back to the shop. Working now on checking and double checking every piece so we can have a successful Speedweek.
From the Salt
The Test Was Successful!
07/20/2016
17:25:50 ET
Day 3 we ran a 2 mile pass at 270mph. Everything went great. We're heading back to the shop with lots of information. We'll check it all over, put in the 388ci motor and prepare for Speedweeks!
From the Salt
Day 2 of Testing
07/19/2016
21:12:27 ET
Day 2 of testing- We made a couple of short runs doing calibration and systems check. Made a mile run before lunch at 220 mph then the wind came up again and had to cancel the afternoon runs. We will be running 1st thing in the morning. We also had a couple of 1st class car builders show up today- Dave Lane and Troy Trepanier
From the Salt
Tomorrow's Another Day to Excel
07/18/2016
20:24:29 ET
The first check out pass was 256 actual mph in a 1.5 mile pass. All systems look good. We're getting data calibrated and would have made another pass this afternoon but the wind came up hard. We'll be back at it first thing tomorrow.
From the Salt
1st pass
07/18/2016
14:41:55 ET
Speed Demon. 1st pass. Straight down the center. 260-plus indicated. No major problems. Perfect parachutes. Lots of data gathered for another pass later today.Stand by.
 
From the Salt
It's Time to See What She Can Do
07/18/2016
12:00:47 ET
Day 1 of testing is about to begin. The salt is in very good shape. We have a 5 mile course with 2 miles of shut down. Mike Cook and Mike Cook Jr. did an awesome job on the salt. Thank you guys !
From the Shop
Watch the Speed Demon Smoke Testing
02/08/2016
12:28:59 ET
 
From the Shop
Speed Demon in the Darko Wind Tunnel
02/04/2016
10:43:44 ET
photos courtesy Steve Watt, Chris Raschke and John Baechtel
From the Shop
More Speed Demon Wind Tunnel
02/04/2016
10:39:55 ET
Photos courtesy Steve Watt, Chris Raschke and John Baechtel
Off-road & UTV Racing
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Steve’s connection with local sprint car legend, Cory Kruseman, led to his involvement with the some Baja 1000 teams. That included being a part of the Etter Racing Team in 2012 for their Baja 1000. In addition, Steve takes off to run Razr UTV’s in the mountains of Southern California.
Racing Updates
Engine Quick Change
 
Speed Demon Thursday Update
Nicked a head gasket. Engine undamaged and repairs were quickly accomplished by the Demon crew. Car is ready to run again. It currently has the top speed of the meet at 442 MPH which will claim the Hot Rod Trophy for a another year. If nobody tops that speed on Thursday the Demon will not run again until the Shootout next month. On that last run the team were still doing a bit of research with yarn tufts taped to the tail. Video and still shots by photographers provided insight to air movement across the tail and the rear bodywork. Note one of the shots showing more of the car and the exhaust exiting ahead of and on either side of the tail. Note position of the skirt ahead of the rear wheels indicating no lift at speed. The wing closeup is a shot of the yarn tufts on the Speed Demon tail at somewhere around 400 mph. John Baechtel photos
 
 
 
More Photos from the Salt
 
It's time to test all our hard work. Speedweek.
 
Speed Week Day 1
 
SHOP
Full Tilt to Speedweek!
Test and Tune went well, now we're checking and double checking getting ready to go.
 
ROAD
Sprint Car Racing Too!
 
 
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