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A Trip Back to Bonneville Salt Flats for Speedweeks 1964

October 1964 was a busy month on the Bonneville Salt Flats. During the span of just a few weeks, the land-speed record changed hands no fewer than five times. Tom Green, driving Walt Arfons’ jet-powered Wingfoot Express, set the wheels in motion with a 413.199-mph record on October 5. Two days later, Walt’s younger brother Art upped the record to 434.022 mph in the Green Monster, a car he built in his Akron, Ohio, shop using a military-surplus 17,500-hp GE jet engine.