407.45 Craig Breedlove's Spirit Of America World Land Speed Record
Bonnevile Salt Flats, Utah, U.S.A.
The recorded story and sounds of a successful attempt at the land speed record
· Audio CD
· Number Of Discs: 1
· Packaging: Jewel Case with Booklet and Tray Card
NOTES ON THE BACK OF A TAPE BOX
The event that would shake the salt on the Flats in Bonneville, Utah, happened
on a summer day in August of 1963. The inventive Craig Breedlove and his labor
of love, "The Spirit of America" found the hard-to-find financial support from two
major sponsors, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the Shell Oil Company.
Any attempt of speed records on the salt flats carry with them the possibility of disaster.
For one to travel just 10 miles west of the flats, you will find the town of Wendover, Utah.
Just outside town is the work yard and storage area of the Highway Dept. Lining the
fenced area is wreckage from previous attempts in another time. Trying to correct
the direction of a very fast moving missile is quite a descriptive in which one loses
the battle, every time.
This is not a demonstration of the sound of a jet powered vehicle. It is a well told story
narrative by two acclaimed writer-journalists, and photographers all rolled into the
bodies of Jack Brady and Don Francisco. That beautiful shot of the Spirit of America is
In order to set a world record two runs in opposite directions must occur within 60 minutes
of one-another. On the morning of August 5, 1963, Breedlove began the first run and was
clocked at 388.47. The car was turned around and refueled. Within minutes of that, Craig
began the return run... In a short period, the Chief Steward of the United States Auto Club
announced quietly" "Gentlemen we have a new Land Speed Record" The speed for the
return measured mile was 428.37. The average of the two runs: 407.45
if you're ever in the vicinity of the Salt Flats and have a desire to take your car for a fast
spin, remember that your traction will be unbelievable – Ahhhh but here's the hook, you'll
have to go into Wendover to a service station and get the caked salt off the underside
of your car. But remember, you can tell them... "Been there, done that."
Notes by Richard I. Blake
Founder and Director of Recording
©1962-1974 Fleetwood LLC