At Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. October 6, 30-year-old EL Morte, California, driver Mickey Thompson attempted?
At Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. October 6, 30-year-old EL Morte, California, driver Mickey Thompson attempted to beat the world land speed record of 394 miles per hour set up by England's John Cobb in 1947.
After a kiss from his wife, Thompson set out on the record bid in his "Challenger I" " - fitted with the first American tyres designed for high-speed racing and fed with a special fuel blend. Reaching a speed of 367.83 m.p.h. he failed to beat the world record but succeeded in setting a new United States land speed record and also broke four records set up by Cobb at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1939.
After a first attempt, Thompson's car was slowed down by parachute. Thompson says he is determined to win the world record for the United States.
Shortly before Thompson's record bid, American racing driver Phil Hill, in a supercharged British M.G. FX-ISI broke six world speed records for Class E (up to 2,000 c.c.) cars at Bonneville Salt Flats.