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
Ab Jenkins Drives Auburn at Bonneville Salt Flats
Legendary promoter of the Bonneville Salt Flats as place for Land Speed
record attempts, Ab Jenkins, was a perfect fit for Auburn to promote their
fast, sporty Speedsters.
The company made a promotional film that incorporated his run on the Salt.
San Diego STREET RACING
1320Video made a visit down to SoCal to see what kind of badass street cars
roamed the streets at night. A few badass Supras, swapped & turbo'd nissans, GT-R's, Corvettes, twin turbo 350Z, a bike all came out to play on short
notice making for quite a night of street racing!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The music is from the game GTR2 and is called Spa 24hrs.
Comments open for business again!
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
Burt Munro's 1920 Indian Scout
This is the 1920 Indian Scout built and driven by Burt Munro. Jay Leno on
commentary. Three times during the '60's it set the World's fastest flying
mile record for motorcycles under 1000cc at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
This is not the reproduction used in the "The World's Fastest Indian"
starring Anthony Hopkins, but the actual bike that set the record.
Fortunately this is the second year of the Concours d'Elegance to feature
motorcycles on the green. This year they featured the salt flat racers and
their contribution to Hot Rodding. I was very lucky to see and hear this
amazing piece of history.
For more information about Burt Munro, visit
Or buy "The World's Fastest Indian" because it's a true story. It's one of
my favorites, and surely will not disappoint any gear head. Anthony's
perfectly cast for the role.