Spirit of America I: “Once as a jet it played in the stars….”

Ok, it’s not an aircraft, but this seminal jet record “car” looked the part. In the early 1960s “So-Cal” hotrodder Craig Breedlove took with his creation a huge step forward in land speed records. More an aircraft than a car, Spirit of America made its creator the first man to achieve 400 mph (640 km/h) during a land speed record set in Sept, 1963.

Gorgeous rear end, in fact a surplus GE J47 jet engine of a F-86 Sabre. Photo taken from the classic book of Cyril Posthumus: “Land Speed Record”.

It’s a very hot summer my friends, at least here in Spain:

“….but now on the ground it’s the king of our cars”.

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