Mickey Thompson roared out of the hot rodding world of Southern California to become the "Fastest Man on Wheels," when his Pontiac powered Challenger One broke the 400 mph mark at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
This didn't become an official record because of difficulties he encountered on a second run. The speed authorities require a second run and take the average for the record books. This promotional film captures the drama of his attempt.
Chrysler Airflow at Bonneville
Chrysler wanted to demonstrate to the public that its new car, the Airlfow,
was fast and fuel efficient. They took it to the Bonneville Salt Flats for
some test/publicity runs.
Some say that despite their promotional efforts, the future arrived with a
thud when Chrysler introduced its line of Airflow coupes and sedans in
1934. The streamlined car, a product of the science of aerodynamics, had
long been predicted in works of science fiction but no manufacturer had,
heretofore, been bold enough to realize that Buck Rogersesque vision.
Chrysler's engineering triumvirate Carl Breer, Owen Skelton and Fred Zeder
scientifically tackled the aerodynamic challenge and got Walter P. Chrysler
to authorize design testing in a wind tunnel, overseen by no less an
authority than Orville Wright.
The result was more than just a slippery envelope of a body, a radical
departure from virtually all that had gone before. The design of the '34
Chrysler (and DeSoto) Airflow took some getting used to and, sadly, the car
buying public just didn't "get" the snubby deco look, a true "cab forward"
design dictated by the wind. The look was underpinned by a new kind of
construction - the body panels were mounted on a steel cage, not unlike
Saturn's, which was structurally connected to the frame creating a single
stress-bearing unit, the precursor to unit body construction. Airflow body
and frames were wood-free, another departure from tradition.
As it became apparent that the public wasn't as enthused as the engineers
and the media -- Walter P. Chrysler shared the cover of Time Magazine with
his Airflow -- the company scrambled to tone down the radical styling,
losing the deco waterfall grill a/k/a "bull nose" by the second year and
modifying design elements to hark back to more traditional,
Owning an Airflow today is tantamount to having a piece of history to
yourself. The significance of this design, even though it was a commercial
disaster has reverberated through the decades and into another century.
In just about every way, figurative and literal, Chrysler's Airflow was
ahead of the curve and remains a true automotive icon for the ages.
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Hot Rod Ingenuity in 1958 Pt. 2
Hot Rod Magazine's Robert Petersen commissioned a film to promote the
ingenuity of Hot Rodders. Petersen was attempting to polish the image of
Hot Rodders ...
Maserati Gran Turisimo MC
The new GranTurismo MC made its debut during the FIA GT "Media Days" at the
Paul Ricard circuit, in Le Castellet, France. The new model is an offshoot
of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Concept introduced last September in Monza
and it is based on the Maserati GranTurismo S road version, with
electro-actuated gearbox system.