The Bonneville Story Part 2- Evolution To The Bonneville Salt Flats
The Hot Rod Story - Part 2 - Evolution To The Bonneville Salt Flats - Racing's Biggest Names At Their Beginnings Mickey Thompson's First Car, etc. This Is Where They Found The Best Place For Racing In The 20s And 30s, And Mickey Thompson's First Car Is Also Shown.
Bonneville: The Great American Playground - The Downshift Episode 13
On this episode of The Downshift, we meet the original speed freaks! The
Bonneville Salt flats in Utah are the veritable Valhalla of land speed
racing. The world's fastest wheels have been competing here since the early
1900s, from Sir Malcolm Campbell's Blue Bird to today's fastest jet-powered
streamliners. What started as just a sport has evolved into a vibrant
culture anchored in history and a shared love for living life at the
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Ferrari at Bonneville 2006
Ferrari F40 goes for a production car land speed record at the Bonneville
Salt Flats in 2006. One of the few Ferrari's to ever run on the salt in
Utah. Photography: Jeff Regan Editor: Mike Sly Shooting Star Video
Speed By Spectre plans to introduce their Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2009
The Speed By Spectre Streamliner, being built to run over 400mph at the
Bonneville Salt Flats. In 2005, Amir Rosenbaum, founder of Spectre
Performance, began his quest for speed by running a Ferrari F40 at the
famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Although close to setting a record, the F40
was not the ideal car for this venue. Amir and the Ferrari have competed
in several other venues prior to this, currently holding the record at the
historic Virginia City Hillclimb in Nevada, but its a Bonneville record he
really wants. With this in mind, Amir and Speed By Spectre have set out to
build a Streamliner, or what they call their Speedliner. Currently in the
construction phase at Performance Fabrication in San Carlos, California,
the Speedliner will run in the BGS (Blown Gas Streamliner), Engine Class
AA. With the goal of making this the first gasoline powered vehicle to run
on the salt at over 400mph, Amir and Speed By Spectre have their sites set
on a new world record in 2009. Check our website and forum for frequent
updates on the Speedliners progress at www.speedbyspectre.com
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Mickey Thompson: Fastest Man on Wheels
Mickey Thompson roared out of the hot rodding world of Southern California
to become the "Fastest Man on Wheels," when his Pontiac powered Challenger
One broke the 400 mph mark at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
This didn't become an official record because of difficulties he
encountered on a second run. The speed authorities require a second run
and take the average for the record books. This promotional film captures
the drama of his attempt.
John Cobb and E.T. Eyston Racing at the Salt Flats
Film from Collection A0185 Joseph Howard McGibbeny Audio Visual Collection.
This film is titled "the Mormon Meteor does it's thing." The problem is
there is no Mormon Meteor in this film. This instead looks to be John R.
Cobb and Capt. George E.T. Eyston Racing their cars, the Railton and
Thunderbolt at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This item is protected by
copyright. For more information regarding this film, please contact the
Moving Image & Sound Archivist by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
phone at 801-585-3073.
Bonneville Stories Part II Keeper of the Blue Flame
Bonneville Stories consist of a series of interviews and images that
showcase the interesting, dedicated and brave characters that make up the
land speed racing community. This installment of Bonneville Stories
concentrates on Hap DeSimone and Mark Boyd, two rascals who scour the
alleys and junkyards of Santa Barbara looking for flotsam and jetsam with
which to assemble their racing-legal motorcycles. The bikes might not be
pretty . but they are 100% green and 101% fun. This years entry was a
steam- yes, steam powered cycle Filmed at Bub Motorcycle Speed Trials
Bonneville Salt Flats. Just watch!
A compilation of historic wrecks...from 1931, to just the other day. You've
never seen anything like this before. Very rare footage. MUSIC by the HOT
To the men who paved the way in motorsports; to your bold attempts at
dodging fate: We salute you.
Mickey Thompson Breaks 400 MPH Speed Barrirer
Thompson's life in the fast lane provides ample material for the
filmmakers. From the drag strips, to desert racing to land speed record
challenges, to car building, designing and race promotion Thompson earned
his place as a certified automotive icon.
He started calling himself the Fastest American on Wheels in 1958 after
setting a record of 194 miles per hour. His goal was to break the world
record of 394.2 miles per hour set in 1947. He began to build a world land
speed record car -- the Challenger 1.
Thompson took his new car out to the Bonneville Salt Flats on October 6,
1959 and piloted it to a World Speed Record of 363.48 miles per hour. He
also set a world speed record in A/BFS Class that remained unbeaten
until1990 when Al Teague broke it at 389.372 miles per hour in his
In 1960, Thompson returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats with a modified
Challenger 1 for another record attempt. Its four 410 cubic-inch engines
secured his title when he set a new American record at 330.51 miles per
hour. He bested the world speed with a run at 407 miles per hour (which
was faster than any man had drive
a car before) but crashed before he could make a second run and thus secure
the official record.
The Challenger 1 had its last record run two year later on July 24, 1962.
The poor conditions of the salt flats halted the first attempt because he
couldnt get any traction as the car bounced on the salt bed. He found a
smoother part of the Flats for another run and turned in a speed of 357
mph. But he announced that the Challengers days on the Salt Flats were