“You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so we can fly away
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way”……………………”Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman
Malcom Campbell was the first man to top 300 mph at Bonneville on September 3, 1935. He drove 301.337 on a dual pass 10 mile track laid out on the salt flats. His record stood for 28 years until Craig Breedlove drove the first post 400 mph run in The Spirit of America on September 5, 1963.
Breedlove also was the first to break 500 mph and 600 mph. at the end of his second post 500 mph (526.277 avg. over two runs) the ‘Spirit’ lost its parachute brakes and skidded for 5 miles , through a row of telephone poles and crashed into a brine pond at about 200 mph. Breedlove climbed out of the cockpit drenched but uninjured and declared “And now for my next act I’m going to set myself on fire.”
Breedlove held the land speed records until Gary Gabelich broke the record on October 23, 1970 in his rocket powered ‘Blue Flame’ with an avg. speed of 622.287 mph.
It is an eerie place. Perception is a difficult concept. There is no way (in my eyes) to judge distance (and for this purpose, it is not important enough to me to look it up. That is not the point.). It has been said that when laying out the time trials track that one could not see from end to end due to the curvature of the earth. The mountains in the distance are much farther than you would guess. I drove for a good 40 miles and noticed no change in distance. On a bright sunny day when the surface is free of dust the white salt disappears from the picture frame. I have pictures of Max running across the surface where he appears to be suspended in air.