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It's Land Speed Record Season . . . A Look at the Record

16 September 1997

With Englishman and Land Speed Record holder Richard Noble on the salt
at Blackrock, NV with his thrust 3 Rolls Royce powered missle awaiting
a showdown with former record holder Craig Breedlove, TACH thought it
would be interesting to look at the history of LSR attempts.  As of
this writing Breedlove has encountered mechanical problems and Noble
has worked his way up to 500 mph in his bid to surpass his 633.47 mph
run in 1983.


YEAR   DRIVER           CAR             VENUE           speed mph
1898   Compte Gaston   Jeantaud        Achres            39.24
1899   Jenatzy         Contente        Achres            49.92
1902   W. Vanderbilt   Mors            Ablis             76.08
1903   Duray           Gabron-Brille   Ostend            83.47
1904   Henry Ford      Ford Arrow      L St. Claire      91.37
1905   McDonald        Napier          Daytona          105
1906   Marriott        Rocket          Daytona          121
1920   T. Milton       Duesenberg      Daytona          156
1924   M. Campbell     Sunbeam         Pedrine Sands    146
1926   H. Seagrave     Sunbeam         Southport sands  152
1927   M. Campbell     Bluebird        Daytona          206
1929   H. Seagrave     Gold Arrow      Daytona          231
1932   M Campbell      Bluebird        Daytona          253
1938   G. Eyston       Thunderbolt     Bonneville       345
1939   J. Cobb         Railton         Bonneville       350
1947   J. Cobb         Railton         Bonneville       394
1963   C. Breedlove    Spirit America  B_Ville          407
1964   A. Arfons       Green Monster   B_Ville          434
1965   C. Breedlove    Spirit America  B_Ville          555
1970   G. Gabelich     Blue Flame      B/Ville          622
1983   R. Noble       Thrust 2         Black Rock       633

Bill Maloney -- The Auto Channel