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Samuel Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction and fiction. His books are highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history, 19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in 1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.


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Infinity's predecessor, Untouchable, driver Archie Leiderbrand in the cockpit

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The Infinity jet car, cockpit taped down for transporting, arrives at Wendover, Utah, early September, 1962, on its way to the Salt Flats (photo by Dennis Jones)

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A ghostly image of Infinity at Bonneville, 1962 (courtesy Vic Elischer)

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A second Infinity shot, 1962 (courtesy Vic Elischer)

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Romeo Palamides (center) and Glenn Leasher (right) [Harry Burdg on left?]

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Packing Infinity's chute on Glenn Leasher's last day, September 10, 1962; Tom Fukuya is on the far side of the tailpipe, looking forward (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Unidentified crew member working on Infinity, September 10, 1962 (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Outside Joe Petrali's "U-SAC Shack," waiting for Glenn Leasher to begin his run (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Aftermath: the largest pieces of Infinity's wreckage at the Highway Department storage site leading out to the salt flats (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Ron Christensen, then a teenager living in Wendover, took this photo of his mother Lucille standing amongst the Infinity wreckage (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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A crushed portion of Infinity body panel with the names of the four principals in the project listed, Romeo Palamides, Glenn Leasher, Harry Burdg and Victor Elischer, together with Tom Fukuya, one of the main volunteers (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Ron Christensen saved that and other pieces of the Infinity wreckage. Here is the same body panel nearly a half-century later (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Two of Infinity's parachutes, still in their bags, that Ron kept (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Infinity parachute close-up (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Burly Burlile sent along this photo that he took in '62 when he and fellow members of the Stewart/Seabridge C/Gas roadster crew stopped by the Utah Highway Dept. storage area for a look at the Infinity wreckage. That's Dick Zook on the right, "Joe" at center, unidentified on the left. Thanks, Burly! (courtesy Burly Burlile, March 2011)

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