• Short Summary

    A JET ENGINED THREE-WHEEL CAR DRIVEN BY AN AMERICAN ON MONDAY SET UP A NEW UNOFFICIAL WORLD LAND SPEED OF 408M.

  • Description

    A JET ENGINED THREE-WHEEL CAR DRIVEN BY AN AMERICAN ON MONDAY SET UP A NEW UNOFFICIAL WORLD LAND SPEED OF 408M.P.H. THIS WAS THE AVERAGE SPEED ATTAINED ON TWO RUNS WHICH TOOK PLACE ON THE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS OF UTAH. THE CAR, CALLED THE "SPIRIT OF AMERICA", WAS DRIVEN BY CRAIG BREEDLOVE, OF LOS ANGELES.

    ON THE FIRST RUN, BREEDLOVE REACHED A SPEED OF 388.49M.P.H.AND ON THE RETURN LEG CLOCKED 428.37M.P.H. THE JET CAR WEIGHS THREE TONS, IS 35' LONG, 11' WIDE AND IS POWERED BY AN ENGINE SIMILAR TO THAT USED INT HE B-45 BOMBER. AT HIGH SPEED, BRAKING IS CONTROLLED BY A DRAG PARACHUTE.

    UNDER PRESENT INTERNATIONAL RULES FOR WORLD LAND SPEED RECORDS, JOHN COBB'S 16-YEAR-OLD RECORD IS LIKELY TO STAND. BREEDLOVE'S CAR INFRINGED THE RULES FOR IT WAS JET PROPELLED AND HAS ONLY THREE WHEELS. DONALD CAMPBELL'S BLUEBIRD, NOW IN AUSTRALIA, IS ALSO JET POWERED. BUT IT IS DRIVEN THROUGH ITS WHEELS SO IT COMES INTO THE SAME CATEGORY AS COBB'S CAR. CAMPBELL'S RECORD BID HAS BEEN BOGGED DOWN SINCE LAST MAY FOLLOWING FLOODING AT THE LAKE EYRE SALT FLATS. IT IS THERE HE HOPES TO MAKE ASSAULT ON THE RECORD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA6MD6784A70IOFI9UQ2MH7VJY
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6MD6784A70IOFI9UQ2MH7VJY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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