Art Alfons "The Green Monster"
The most famous "Green Monster" was powered by an ex-F-104 Starfighter
General Electric J79 jet engine, producing 17,500 lbf (78 kN) static thrust
with four-stage afterburner, which Arfons purchased from a scrap dealer for
$600 and rebuilt himself, over the objections of General Electric and the
government, and despite all manuals for the engine being classified top
Don Vesco & The Silver Bird 1975
In 1975 the legendary Don Vesco became the first to break the 300 mph
barrier on the Bonneville Salt Flats with his twin engine, TZ 750 cc Yamaha
streamliner, The Silver Bird. Take a ride with Don. For more info go to
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.
1960s Bonneville Land Speed Record audio clips and interviews
Samuel Hawley introduces a sampling of interviews and audio clips he
collected while doing research for "SPEED DUEL: The Inside Story of the
Land Speed Record in the Sixties" chronicling the epic rivalry between
Craig Breedlove in his jet car "Spirit of America" and Art Arfons and his
"Green Monster." For more interviews, audio and hundreds of photos, visit
Jeff Brock Bonneville Buick
Jeff Brock, driving his "Bombshell Betty" 1952 Buick Super Riviera, sets a
new class world-record at Bonneville in early October 2012.
MG Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats 1956
MG produced a series of experimental cars that were piloted by Captain
George Eyston and took several world speed records. Several other speed
record attempts continued with Goldie Gardner exceeding 200 mph (320 km/h)
in the 1100 cc EX135 in 1939.
After World War II record breaking attempts restarted with 500 cc and 750
cc records being taken in the late 1940s. And once again, in the mid
1950s. This film was shot in 1956 as a Californian driver Ken Miles is
teamed up with Captain George Eyston and Johnny Lockett to attempt to set
several new land speed records.
They set a Class F record of 141.81 mph over 1700 miles during 12 hours and
a straight away record of 170.15 mph.
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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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
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phone at 801-585-3073.
Racing Bonneville On a $300 Craigslist Motorcycle - /RideApart
"You don't have to spend a million bucks to fulfill your dreams. I bought a
bike for $300, got it running and entered it in a race I'd always dreampt
Bonneville is an epic thing that brings out all kinds of speed contraptions
and it was an honor to ride an old 1986 Honda VFR750 in the
Run-Whatcha-Brung class and pretend to be like my childhood heroes.
If I can do it, anyone can." — Jamie Robinson
For more on motorcycles, visit http://RideApart.com
Break The Record
In 1970, The Blue Flame became the world land speed record holder. It was
the last American team to set the world land speed record, and the last on
the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The car was designed and built by
Reaction Dynamics, Inc. (Pete Farnsworth and Dick Keller) in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin and driven by Gary Gabelich of Long Beach, California. It had a
rocket motor using liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen peroxide as the
fuel. The world record set was 630.388 mile per hour in the kilometer, also
the first automobile record over 1,000 kilometers per hour - at 1,014.656
kilometers per hour. That record was finally broken in 1997. Watch the
YouTube video "Speedquest" to see the whole story.
Indian Motorcycle: The Spirit of Munro
Between the years of 1926 and 1961, one man from a small town in New
Zealand dreamed of setting a land speed record on a 1920 Indian Scout. In
1962 at the Bonneville salt flats that man's dream finally came true.
To honor the past and power the future, Indian Motorcycle built the Spirit
of Munro, an all-metal tribute bike which would house the new Thunder
Stroke 111™ engine. On May 5, 2013 the bike was run on a dry lake bed in
California. A tribute to the great Burt Munro, and a celebration of the
Indian Motorcycle that is yet to come.
ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF MUNRO:
Fully custom-built, the Spirit of Munro is an all-metal tribute to the
racers and mechanics throughout history who have collectively built the
legacy of record-breaking racing performance and strength that is Indian
The motorcycle is named in honor of Burt Munro's "Munro Special," the
historic 1920 Indian Scout that broke the under-1000cc land-speed record in
1967 at the Bonneville Salt Flats as famously portrayed in the motion
picture "The World's Fastest Indian."
The Spirit of Munro was constructed by Jeb Scolman of Jeb's Metal and Speed
in Long Beach, CA. It was designed from the ground up to house the new
Thunder Stroke 111™ engine and showcase its awe-inspiring power and
See more at http://www.indianmotorcycle.com
Bonneville August 2013
In 1912 people begun using the Bonneville Salt Flats to race vehicles to
set land speed records. today there are multiple public and private land
speed events held on the "flats" or the "salt." Bonneville has become known
worldwide as the mecca for land speed racing. This video covers some of
this year's event which was in August.