Gene was as active a racer as anyone around. He did it all, from the dragstrips to the dry lakes, then on to the circle tracks, and finally, 50 years ago, to Bonneville. In 1951, Gene ran an impressive 135.542 mph across the salt in his T, nicknamed The Thing, which was built from the ground up. Five custom car hall of fame committees have rightfully honored Gene. We feel one is missing: The Dry Lakes Hall of Fame.