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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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
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
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phone at 801-585-3073.
Pennzoil At Bonneville Salt Flats (1932)
Thanks to PackardGuy - This was filmed in September, 1932 at the Bonneville
Salt Flats. Ab Jenkins is testing the new, 1932 Pierce Arrow 462 cubic inch
V-12 in a 24-hour endurance run. His average speed was 112.91 mph.
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.
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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Trevor Slaughter land speed record attempt, Weekend Today, 19 Jan 2013
To break Donald Campbell's long standing Australian Record of 403.10mph
(648.73kph) and achieve the world record of over 458mph (737kph) at the
Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA, Trevor's Land Speed Streamliner will be
fitted with unique Mickey Thompson Bonneville LSR (Land Speed Record)
Danny Thompson's Mission: 420 MPH Land Speed Record
Danny Thompson attempts to break the 420 mph world land speed record . . .
with his father, Mickey Thompson's, Challenger II built in 1968. It's being
built up to modern specs and go 420+.
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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
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
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