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Old 01-18-2008, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default The Early Jet Cars



It all started in the late 1950's as US Air Force and Navy jet engines hit the surplus market. Guys like Art Arfons, Walt Arfons, and Craig Breedlove jumped at the opportuni...

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Old 01-18-2008, 09:33 AM   #2
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Another great blog!

Was the Infinity jet car really German?!

As an aside, does anybody know if Athol Graham's ill-fated Allison-powered LSR challenger has been rebuilt yet? I think it is still owned by his family and is fairly complete. I think it claimed at least two lives - you'd have to be brave to drive it!
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Breedloves Spirit of America has got to one of if not indeed,the most beautiful vehicle to ever grace that hallowed ground know as Bonneville.
That Kraut Box leaves a bit to be desired in the aesthetics dept.LOL
Strapping on a jet car and riding it would have to be pretty damn fun.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:00 AM   #4
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the 60s .gotta love it.my favorite era.wild innovations and styles.great blog
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:05 AM   #5
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My two heros growing up..

Evel Knievel and Craig Breedlove

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Old 01-18-2008, 10:12 AM   #6
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A thought.

Steve Fosset has been declared dead.

What does that mean for the Spirit of America?

The HAMB could buy it

Let's take the record back from those tea sipping pansies...

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Old 01-18-2008, 10:23 AM   #7
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I saw an old jet drag car for sale on the net the other day. It would be pretty sweet to fire one up.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:38 AM   #8
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Hard to make tires smoke on jet car! Yesterday's post was "right on".
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:41 AM   #9
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I was fortunate enough to live one house in front of Craig Breedloves parents when I was a kid....
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:54 AM   #10
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This is the jet car I drove in '67 and '68. Photo scanned from the cover of American Rodding magazine.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:09 AM   #11
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This is the jet car I drove in '67 and '68. Photo scanned from the cover of American Rodding magazine.
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"Let's take the record back from those tea sipping pansies..."?!

Hey, it took you guys around 15 years to take the LSR from John Cobb, and he enjoyed tea as much as any true Englishman!!!

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Old 01-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #13
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Remember when Craig Breedlove lost his chute and brakes? Ended up in a salt lake. Jet car tore through phone poles, snapping them like twigs. Oh man, what a ride.....................
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:44 AM   #14
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This one just brought on a flashback!!!!! A buddy of mine one day says come look in the garage. Inside was a 65-66 Mustang fastback. Looked under the hood and no engine or trans, just a bunch of flat aluminum sheets. He says look at the rear axle. I'll be damned if there wasn't a jet engine hooked up to the axle. Never did see or hear it run. I heard that it would smoke the tires all the way down the quarter. I haven't seen or heard of it since. That would have been a wild ride, to say the least.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:51 AM   #15
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Can someone post some more info on the German Infinity car? I never heard of that one.

When I was a kid, I always remember the fastest car as The Blue Flame, 622 MPH. I think that record stood for quite a long time didn't it?
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:51 AM   #16
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The Steve Fossett Team is still active and are looking for a driver. Not that "this" has anything to do with the article but i thought it was interesting nonetheless.



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Single-engine jet-powered dragster seeking female companion for thrilling adventure across salt flats. Petite build. Background in motorsports or aviation. With sponsors. Interested parties please contact Eric Ahlstrom (eahlstrom@pyramid.net), program manager, Steve Fossett World Land Speed Racing Team.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:53 AM   #17
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Remember when Craig Breedlove lost his chute and brakes? Ended up in a salt lake. Jet car tore through phone poles, snapping them like twigs. Oh man, what a ride.....................

I've always heard that when the team and race officials, etc showed up expecting to find Breedlove dead, he quipped "For my next trick I will burst into flames." Or something to that effect. Seems like I also saw that in Cole Coonce's Infinity Over Zero but I can't look it up since it's on loan to my sister.
Been in love with the assault on the absolute LSR since I was a kid. I really wish these battles still went on. If I were president, we'd be shooting for Mach 2 on the ground.
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:54 AM   #18
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Another great blog!

Was the Infinity jet car really German?!
Naw,I don't think so, it was built in Oakland.

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Can someone post some more info on the German Infinity car? I never heard of that one.
here ya' go Fiat128

http://www.ugofadini.com/omicron10story.html
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Old 01-18-2008, 11:56 AM   #19
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Aren't most of the absolute attempts made at Blackrock on hard packed dry lakebed instead of salt?
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