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    Thirty-six old American Athol Graham - ex Mormon missionary - died of injuries received when he crashed at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA, Aug 1, attempting to break the world land speed record of 394.196 m.

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    Thirty-six old American Athol Graham - ex Mormon missionary - died of injuries received when he crashed at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA, Aug 1, attempting to break the world land speed record of 394.196 m.p.h. set by Sir John Cobb in 1947.

    As his home-made red car approached a measured stretch of the 3 mile course at 300 m.p.h. the left front wheel snapped from the hub, somersaulting the car 1200 yards. 18 gallons of high-octane fuel in the tank failed - fortunately - to explode. Graham was dragged from the wreckage critically injured, and flown to a Salt Lake City hospital, where he died a few hours later.

    This was the first of four scheduled attempts on the world land speed record; two Americans and Britain's Donald Campbell are the other motorists concerned.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8RALZ7VLG2IPS67SCJP4TDHSA
    Media URN:
    VLVA8RALZ7VLG2IPS67SCJP4TDHSA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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