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.