Speedweek 2008 the Burkland Streamliner
A closeup of the Burkland Streamliner. This car has run over 450 MPH one
way. It is powered by two aluminum Donovan 417 Aluminum Hemi Chrysler
Racing Engines on Methanol and Nitromethane.
Mickey Thompson Breaks 400 MPH Speed Barrirer
Thompson's life in the fast lane provides ample material for the
filmmakers. From the drag strips, to desert racing to land speed record
challenges, to car building, designing and race promotion Thompson earned
his place as a certified automotive icon.
He started calling himself the Fastest American on Wheels in 1958 after
setting a record of 194 miles per hour. His goal was to break the world
record of 394.2 miles per hour set in 1947. He began to build a world land
speed record car -- the Challenger 1.
Thompson took his new car out to the Bonneville Salt Flats on October 6,
1959 and piloted it to a World Speed Record of 363.48 miles per hour. He
also set a world speed record in A/BFS Class that remained unbeaten
until1990 when Al Teague broke it at 389.372 miles per hour in his
In 1960, Thompson returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats with a modified
Challenger 1 for another record attempt. Its four 410 cubic-inch engines
secured his title when he set a new American record at 330.51 miles per
hour. He bested the world speed with a run at 407 miles per hour (which
was faster than any man had drive
a car before) but crashed before he could make a second run and thus secure
the official record.
The Challenger 1 had its last record run two year later on July 24, 1962.
The poor conditions of the salt flats halted the first attempt because he
couldnt get any traction as the car bounced on the salt bed. He found a
smoother part of the Flats for another run and turned in a speed of 357
mph. But he announced that the Challengers days on the Salt Flats were
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.
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Darracq V8 1905 Land speed record holder
This is the engine out of the 1905 Darracq
The engine is the original but the car is a replica
It is a V8 of over 25 Litres capacity (approx 1550 Cubic inches)used in the
setting of the land speed record of about 108MPH (174KPH) in 1905
To find out more about this remarkable vehicle http://www.darracq-v8.co.uk/
Thrust SSC -over the sound barrier !
October 1997, UK managed to break the sound barrier on earth, using the
fantastic Thrust SSC vehicule. I made this video because there was too few
videos about this remarkable event on the web. (music credits: Spa 24 hours
- Stephen Baysted)
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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Jessi Combs attempts to set a new Women's World Land Speed Record in the
North American Eagle, a 50,000-horsepower jet car that will
take her to speeds over 400 mph.
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200 MPH Motorcycle Crash
wiped out twice while trying to set a world record