THE JUSTY WORLD SPEED RECORD-HOLDER IS HOUSED IN THE SUBARU “ATTIC” ALONG WITH OTHER SUBARU PERFORMANCE CARS.
Subaru of America, Inc. warehouses production, concept, and performance vehicles important to Subaru history near its headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The vehicles are stored as they would be in a typical attic, and the warehouse feels a lot like a museum.
The #440 Justy rests quietly in a corner, easily overlooked because of the notoriety that some of the other performance vehicles have achieved. Yet this Justy currently holds the land speed record for its class. In fact, the car first set the record in 1988 and then returned in 1989 to break it again. The record runs took place at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, where they were sanctioned by the Southern California Timing Association and Bonneville Nationals, Inc.
Subaru Drive magazine (Spring 1989) carried this account of the first record, established in late August 1988: “The modified production car, competing in Class I Production, attained a two-way ‘flying-mile’ average speed of 117.5 mph. The previous speed record was 115 mph…The two individual speeds for Justy in its record-setting run were 120.607 mph going out; 114.5 mph coming back.”
From a Subaru press release issued September 1, 1988: “While the sanctioning body allows some modifications to Production Class cars, the Subaru Justy was required to use a stock body and a carbureted stock-block engine running on gasoline.
“The world record Justy was prepared by a dedicated team of nine Subaru Technical Center employees, working after hours. Explains Team Spokesman Roger Banowetz, Manager – Parts & Accessories Development, ‘It really was a team effort, with each person bringing a different area of expertise to the group.’”