The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 65pacecar, Apr 5, 2023.
First to 500 and 600mph.
The days when men defied physics in the quest for breaking the record one more time.
Instead of today when "men" can't drive a stick.
RIP Mr Breedlove hold the throttle wide open
He definitely felt "The need for speed"
You can be confident, as he exited this world, what ever realm or dimension his spirit and energy occupy now, he is hauling ass and pushing the envelope!
True, we are losing so many of the all time greats.
People like Breedlove, Mickey Thompson, Garlits, Yeager, Petty, Yunick etc. are a special breed willing to push all limits. We have a few of them left, but losing too many of the legends.
Did I miss something? I'm not seeing anything about Craig Breedlove dying other than an obituary for someone else with the same name in Arkansas
Hopefully a false report, saw Freiburger mention it and this
Craig Breedlove (born March 23, 1937- April 4 2023) was an American professional race car driver and a five-time world land speed record holder. He was the first person in history to reach 500 mph (800 km/h), and 600 mph (970 km/h), using several turbojet-powered vehicles, all named Spirit of America.
A friend of mine, Al Bradshaw, worked for Ak Miller in the late 50's when they were putting together the Flying Caduceus. I remember him telling me about chasing off that Breedlove kid who wanted to know everything about the jet car.
Sincere sympathy goes out to his immediate Family, car Family and Fans. Late 90's went on a car cruise that stopped at his shop in Rio Vista, CA. Cool guy.
So is Petty, just pointing out they are part of a special group. It was poorly worded I admit after re-reading it.
One of the Giants for sure. RIP Craig...
RIP!He was one of my heros.
It's all over the internet.
The HAMB's own @George Klass was a member of his team, I do believe. RIP Mr. Breedlove.
Yes it happened
That goes for us all.
LSR is the crowning award
Now it's on this generation.
Another part of my childhood gone, RIP.
Saw him at a Night at the Museum, (NHRA Museum) a coupla years ago.
Great evening full of stories.
Will try to find some photos.
When he was battling the Green Monster is when I promised myself I would get to Bonneville. Finally made it in 2012.
His "Need For Speed" & the desire to break records was legendary!
Yes, unfortunately we are loosing a whole bunch of the greats from the past. A past when men really were men..... not the wimps these days that can't drive a stick & have their woman drive them around!
"What a ride."
What a guy.
Rest in Peace Craig.
We are a little poorer for your passing however your achievements will stand the test of time. A true hero.
Got to see the car at the New York Auto Show then the Arfons Green Monster the following year, it was a great time to be a kid and have true Heros.
Was it a picture in Life? After brakes and chute failed and he ended up in the salt pond at Bonneville, his comment to reporters was something like," for my next trick, I will set myself on fire"
He will be missed in hot rodding and more. RIP
A true legend.
Constructing Spirit of America in his dad's home garage
And getting it out of the garage
God's speed brother Breedlove.
Prayers to Family from Aussies
The Beach Boys / Spirit of America
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