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.
Experimental Corvette -- SS
General Motors recruited engineer and race car driver, Zora Arkus Duntov,
to help them inject some performance into their brands.
Duntov wanted to make the Corvette competitive with sports cars from Europe
like Ferrari and Maserati. To gain respect it needed to win on the track.
He organized a team to build the SS or "Experimental Corvette" and took it
The automakers lost their minds in the 50s and extolled a future of nuclear
powered cars. That is, until someone pointed out they could lead to a
meltdown on Main Street.
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.
Bonneville - Great Cars
The Bonneville Salt Flats from the PBS series Great Cars. Twice a year, the
deserted Bonneville Salt Flats are transformed into the Valhalla of speed
where land speed racers battle it out to claim a record. There's no prize
money just the glory of saying you beat the clock. These speed freaks bring
everything from jet-powered monsters to old roadsters to see who can claim
the bragging rights until next year. Our in car cameras, long lenses and
roving crews capture the drama of the racers who've decided to shift their
dreams into high gear. More at GreatCarsTV.com
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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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)
Mickey Thompson's Challenger Comeback Version 2.5
Built in 1968, then in storage for more than 40 years. This land speed
racer went 400 mph+ in 1968 testing with only 1800 hp. It'll have 4000-5000
for this year at Bonneville Speed Week! Rebuilt by Mickey's son, Danny
Thompson, this is a great story of perseverance and a father and son
Barry Bryant car disintegrates Bonneville Speedway Colin E. Braley / RRA-MEDIA.COM
Driver Dies in Speed Week Accident--The Tom Thumb, #216 Coup, driven by
Barry Bryant disintegrates as the vehicle rolls near the five-mile marker
at the Bonneville Speedway in Utah August 9, 2009. Officials of the
Bonneville Nationals report that Bryant, 46, from Anderson, California,
died while being transported to a Salt Lake City area hospital. Bryant was
traveling approximately 200 mph. at the time of the accident. Photo by
Colin E. Braley/RRA-MEDIA.COM