• Short Summary

    Once a year speed enthusiasts from all over the United States come to Bonneville, in the state of Utah, to test their vehicles on the vast open spaces of the Salt Lake Flats.

  • Description

    Once a year speed enthusiasts from all over the United States come to Bonneville, in the state of Utah, to test their vehicles on the vast open spaces of the Salt Lake Flats.

    Speed week this year has produced a familiar medley of two- and four-wheeled vehicles, ranging from sleek, professionally built machines that reach speeds of over 600 miles per hour (960 kms. per hour) to home-made "specials" built and tested by amateurs in the 200 to 300 miles per hour (360 - 480 k.p.h.) range.

    This year's most interesting amateur-built machine is Ed Ranburg's battery-powered motor cycle. Ranburg, from Frontana, California, says that it has a speed potential of 140 miles (224 kms.) per hour and he also maintains that you don't need to be a millionaire to pick up a world land-speed record for a particular class of vehicle -- it's more a matter of know-how and perseverance.

    This year, as for the past 25, there will be no cash awards for collecting a record at Bonneville. But some of the competitors will have put their vehicles to the ultimate test -- and might have a trophy to show for their efforts.

    A transcript of the sound of film follows. An alternative commentary appears overleaf, using part of original starting' "Ed Ranburg of Fontana, California..." The commentator is Larry Butler.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6MQSAQ0UYT2UB3WBAI2OXXKTQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6MQSAQ0UYT2UB3WBAI2OXXKTQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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