Illustrated writer Jack
Olsen made a series of audio recordings in
1965 that I found extremely useful in writing the later chapters
of Speed Duel. Here is the
bibliographic entry for the tapes that the
publisher was obliged to drop from the final version of the
book--again, for reasons of space.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special
and University Archives, Jack Olsen Papers, Collection Number Ax 322,
VII: Sound recordings, Boxes 12
Reels 93–102. (These audio recordings, totaling more than ten hours,
by writer Jack Olsen in 1965 for his Sports
Illustrated features on Art and Walt Arfons: “My Brother, My Enemy,
Speedland” and “Enemies in Speedland, Part II: Duel on the Salt.”)
93: Conversation in Akron
with Walt Arfons’ wife Gertrude and son
94: Interview with Firestone president in
by interview with Humpy Wheeler; Side B contains oral notes recorded by
he walks around Walt’s and Art’s shops on Pickle Road, followed by a
with Art Arfons.
Reel 95: Interview with Humpy
recorded soundtrack of Art Arfons documentary Challenge, screened by
Firestone for Olsen; conversation between
Olsen and Wheeler over dinner in Olsen’s Akron
96: Continuation of dinner conversation
between Olsen and Wheeler.
97: Recording at Bonneville of Art
Arfons making quarter-mile speed runs; Q and A session between Wheeler
reporters at the Western Motel in Wendover; final nine minutes of Side
up with oral notes by Olsen.
98: Oral notes by Olsen as he walks
through Wendover; recording of voices and sounds on the salt flats on
1965, when Art Arfons set his 576-mph record; Q and A session with Art
and Ed Snyder in Wendover later that day; sound track of the
documentary The Long Black Line fills most of Side B,
followed by a conversation with Walt Arfons.
99: Continuation from Reel 98 of Art
Arfons Q and A session; Olsen on the salt flats talking about the
brothers to two of their friends; oral notes by Olsen.
100: Conversation in Wendover motel
room with Art Arfons and Humpy Wheeler.
101: Conversation in Wendover motel
room with Art Arfons and Humpy Wheeler on Side A; Side B is blank.
102: Conversation in Wendover motel
room with Walt and Gertrude Arfons.