Craig Breedlove returns to the Salt Flats to break 600 mph record

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Today’s video is the second vintage film about Craig Breedlove’s pursuit of land-speed records in his Spirit of America jet cars.  Yesterday, we saw how he broke the 500-mph mark on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, but wound up crashing his car at the end after the parachute failed.  

In this film, Breedlove returns to the Salt Flats a year later with the new, more-advanced Spirit of America Sonic 1 jet car.  This time, he passes 600 mph, his second run nearly repeating the crash scenario of the year before, failed parachute and all.


The video includes lots of action footage on the Salt Flats – including in-car sequences –as well as showing the creation of the new jet car. 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. A legend in Land record speed Attempts and a hero to many he is like a cat with multiple lives. He definitely was a courageous man.

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