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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 secret.

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

Art Arfons and Green Monster, Nov. 1966
In November 1966, Art Arfons returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats to reclaim the land speed record from his rival, Craig Breedlove. Their speed duel was two years old by this point. Art had set the record three times, Breedlove five. Each record had nearly cost Art his life, for his Green Monster jet car had a bad habit of blowing a rear tire at high speeds. To guard against this, he installed double rear tires for 1966. His goal: to better Breedlove's mark of 600.601 mph. This footage is from Art's first two days on the Salt, November 14 and 15, 1966. This video was created by Samuel Hawley, author of "Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties," the most comprehensive published account of the Arfons-Breedlove LSR story. Here's my home page: The music is a cover by Ben Turk of Frank Klepacki's "Hell March." Check out Ben's Youtube channel here:

Craig Arfon's Fatal Crash
From Motorsport Memorial. ___________________________________ Craig Arfons' 5,500hp jet hydroplane called "Rain-X Record Challenger" went out of control and crashed during a water speed record attempt in Jackson Lake near Sebring, Florida. The boat had reached a speed of 263 mph before it became airborne and began to cartwheel across the lake. Arfons tried to deploy a safety parachute, but the angle at which his boat was traveling prevented the parachute from opening. Arfons was killed as his boat shattered around him, suffering multiple injuries. Craig Arfons was a former automobile drag racing champion. Craig's survivors included: his girlfriend, Brenda Patterson; his son, Chad, 17; his parents, Walter C. and Gertrude (Becker) Arfons; a sister, Patricia; a brother, Walter T. Arfons; and his uncle, Arthur Eugene "Art" Arfons. Both his father and uncle had been world land and water speed record holders. Walt Arfons was a pioneer in the use of aircraft jet engines for speed record attempts. He set the world water speed record in 1979 at Milan on the Michigan Lake. Art Arfons (1926-2007) set the land speed record on 07 November 1965 at Bonneville Salt Flats driving the "Green Monster" at 576.533 mph, about 927 km/h. According to magazine Rombo, issue 18 July 1989, Craig Arfons was the sixth boater to be killed in America since 1936 while attempting the world water speed record.