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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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
2013 Nostalgia Classic Tim Arfons Green Monster Nostalgia Drag Racing Quaker City Motorsports Park
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May 26, 3013 - Nostalgia Classic at Quaker City Motorsports Park - Salem,
First pass of the day for Tim Arfons in the recreated turbine-powered Green
Monster 19 front engine dragster. Read full build story featured June/2012
Nostalgia Drag Racing, Nostalgia Top Fuel, Nitromethane.
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.
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 email@example.com or by
phone at 801-585-3073.
Boys of Bonneville Documentary Clip
This clip is an excerpt from the new documentary, Boys of Bonneville, all
about salt-flat racer Ab Jenkins and his Mormon Meteor car, who together
broke many land speed records that still stand today.
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.
F4U Corsair "Whistling Death" Flight Demonstration !
This is a compilation of clips of the Planes of Fame Museum's Corsair
(Chino, California) and includes some clips of the Palm Springs Air
Museum's own Corsair. Man, this thing just scoots, BIG TIME! Wow, just
Listen to the 2,000 horsepower generated by the
2,800 cubic inches of the supercharged, 18 cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800!
You'll see during the flybys why the Japanese called this fighter the
This aircraft just leaps off the runway in just a few seconds, and
remember, the manifold pressure used today for takeoff with 100-octane
low-lead fuel is not anywhere near what could be used with the wartime,
130-octane+ fuel. Very impressive!