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.
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"
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
Challenging The Land Speed Record
The current land speed record stands at 1,223 kilometres per hour but
Roscoe McGlashan wants to go even faster and he has a rocket-powered dream
machine that might just let him do it. As seen on Catalyst, ABC TV
Australia, 3 Jun 2010.