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
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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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
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.
Jared Landers - The Interview
Dirt late model racer Jared Landers discusses his future, coming home to
Batesville, AR and the trials of team transitioning.
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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.
Art Arfons-2 wheel jet car-Bonneville-circa 1990
Art Arfons at Bonneville with his 2 wheel jet car in 1989 or so. Video
taken after an aborted run due to what I believe were instability issues..
Not sure if Art ever returned to Bonneville after this go around.
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.
Ab Jenkins, Mormon Meteor at Bonneville
The Mormon Meteor I and III were two land speed record cars built in the
1930s by Ab Jenkins.
Jenkins was the 24th mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah from 1940 to 1944 and
was a professional race car driver. Jenkins' interest in motorsports began
with racing motorcycles on dirt tracks and cross country. He then became
interested in land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. He was
instrumental in establishing Bonneville as a location for such events, and
in attracting overseas drivers such as George Eyston and Sir Malcolm
Campbell to compete there.
He drove the Duesenberg "Mormon Meteor" to a 24-hour average land speed
record of 135 miles per hour (217 km/h) in 1935. In 1940 Jenkins set the
24-hour record of a 161.180 mph (259.394 km/h) average that lasted for 50
years (until 1990).
He died on a visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Thrust SSC - Supersonic Land Speed Record Holder
On the 15th October 1997 Thrust SSC became the first land vehicle to break
the sound barrier. Piloted by Wing Commander Andy Green of the RAF, an
average speed of 763.035mph over the flying mile was achieved
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