Skip to comments. Craig Breedlove Going for 800 MPH Land Speed Record in 2013
Posted on 01/06/2014 6:18:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Lately, all of the absolute land speed record talk that we've been reading about is in relation to the Bloodhound SSC, a beast of a jet/rocket-engined streamliner with visions of 1,200 mph. Right now, though, the record stands at 763 mph...
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At those speeds contact with the salt is optional.
Breedlove has a long record of breaking records. He was my childhood idol. He is now 76 years old.
How’d that work out for him? Back in 2013, I mean.
Yeah, I question whether it’s really land speed if it’s basically a rocket on wheels. I’m sure some fighter jets go really fast prior to takeoff, too.
Big difference between that and a wheel-driven vehicle in my opinion, which is really the more legitimate version of the land speed record.
All those speeds are crazy, couldn’t imagine even watching them, but would love to.
Personally I'd change the rules. You run one way, stop, purchase a sixpack of beer, and then run the other way. Average the time. That's a relevant record. IMHO.
Do, not watch.
I was very into Craig Breedlove too, when he when pushed the Spirit of America to 407 mph in August of 1963. I read about his accomplishment in Popular Science as a third-grader. It was - now that I check the date - one of the last cool things that happened before the Kennedy assassination.
The car used the J-47 jet engine, which at the time was pretty much the hottest engine in the world. Powered the F-104 Starfighter, the B-58 Hustler, and the F-4 Phantom.
Also - I found out later - was the source of the sound of the engine that powered Dr. Quest's (Jonny Quest's dad) private jet airplane.
I hope he survives this one.
Iconic driver Breedlove keeps low profile in Rio Vista
I wanted to get one of these that I saw for sale one time to make beer runs under extreme winter conditions, but the misses said "nicht".
I’m 62 years old and was following him in the early 60’s.
IIRC, it was British team, the "car" did look like a plane, probably with reverse lift, and the wheels were solid aluminum (-ium...).
I’m pretty sure the average fighter jet is off the ground at well below 200. As long as some guy is willing to drive something anywhere near 800 mph, I don’t care what he’s driving. I ain’t riding along.
These other people are being frivolous, we're being practical. How about the driver has to load up a little girl who says as they close the cockpit, "I wanna go potty" and you gotta get her to the service station before disaster happens? That's data people can use.
“When are we going to git there?”
Given my vehicular proclivities, I'd go for the extended Station Wagon model:
2 year old story? What are the results?
At the time Breedlove broke 600mph, the FIA refused to recognize it as a record not only because the vehicle was not wheel-driven (they have since changed this rule), but also because it had only three wheels. But because it had fewer than four wheels, the FIM did recognize it as a record.
IIRC, the record for wheel-driven vehicles is somewhere in the mid-400mph range.
Wiki says it’s the Poteet Speed Demon at 439.
He runs a Kenny Duttweiler turbo small block that makes some serious hp.
Though I'd be willing to put Trax on one of my TDI Jetta wagons.
Spirit of America - Craig Breedlove’s land speed record - 1963
SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST.
Current holder of the jet powered Land Speed Record for Rail Vehicles, ..
Budweiser rocket car breaks sound barrier.
In the 70’s my Dad took me to see a movie about the speed attempts on water & at the salt flats. I’ve been unable to find any history, title or info on this film. I do rember being full of imagination as I rode my bike as fast as possible.
I’d love to see that movie again with my sons.
I had lunch with Mr Breedlove once and asked him what it was like to drive at 600 mph.
He laughed and said; “pretty hairy”.
The J47 wasn’t in any of those aircraft.
That was the J79.
I had just turned 12 when he broke the record in ‘63. My Dad gave me a gift subscription to Popular Science was I was 11 or 12 and I kept it going for 20 or so years until it turned into a Parade magazine wannabe. Watching those LSR cars at that age was really excitement! That combined with the Atlas and Thor rockets, then the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo manned spaceflight programs — those were the glory days, huh? It’s so awful that Viet Nam tore the country apart and we are still paying for the ascendancy of the communists as a result.
That thing with the eagle painted on the side is the North American Eagle LSR vehicle. It’s housed about a mile from me. The body is that of an F-104 with the wings removed. The vehicle istelf ...while it was still a plane...has a very interesting history. Gen. Chuck Yeager actually flew in it way back when. The paint job was done by students in the bodywork and auto paint program at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. My wife was privileged to sit in the cockpit.
They are still tweaking it and may make an LSR attempt this year. They do expect to top the current record, even if only until the BloodhoundSSC totally shatters the record sometime this or next year.
I met and had a little chat-up with Craig Breedlove in Sacramento
once. In 1979 I was one of NHRA funny car star Ron Capps’ high
school freshman football coaches and I am acquainted with
Gen Chuck Yeager who is a member of the same sportsmens
(gun) club as I. Rubbing shoulders with those speed demons makes
me wonder why I am still the slowest slug in the garden.
That was the J79.
How could I have made such a silly mistake. Thanks for pointing it out. I got carried away with memories, and didn't take time to re-read before posting. So foolish. The J79, of course.
Breedlove nearly got killed on a run when the parachute on his car failed and he wound up in a pool of water way past the finish line
I always admired Art Arfrons and his “Green Monster” Basically strapped a J-79 on a set of wheels and took off. Yowzah !
An interesting story.
North American Eagle team plans record-breaking 800 MPH run later this year", though it incorrectly asserts 'later this year (2011)'...
This has some more background, "Craig Breedlove announces plans to break the 800 MPH barrier", including:
Breedlove was involved in design work for a planned LSR assault by global adventurer and aviation record-setter Steve Fossett. The car, actually an updated Spirit of America, was put up for sale when Fossett was declared dead following a 2007 plane crash."
North American Eagle
Fossett LSR (unknown status)
As a matter of fact....on October 9th, 2013, Jessi Combs piloted the Eagle to break the Women's Land Speed Record with a 2-way average of 392.594 mph. She reached a top speed of 440.709 mph.
Some time this year, if all goes well, Jessi will try to break 512 mph. The Eagle's owner and primary driver, Ed Shadle, will attempt to break ThrustSSC's record and possibly try for 800 mph.
If you FReepers want to chher on and support a couple of Americans trying for the LSR....here you go.
It was easy for me to remember.
I spent a lot of time as a DOD contract employee pulling them out of F4’s at MCAS Beaufort, SC back in the early 70’s.
BTW did you know the B-57 Canberra Bomber had Buick jet engines in it?