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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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Art Arfons, Ed Snyder partly hidden behind him, confers with Joe Petrali after taking the LSR away from Craig Breedlove, Oct. 1964. (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)

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Art Arfons (helmet)  with Ed Snyder after setting the LSR, Oct. 1964, Charlie Mayenschein in dark shirt behind. (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)

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Art in his lucky leather jacket--one of the coolest shots of him I've ever seen. The too-small jacket was given to him by Bud Groff; note the resewing Art had to do in order to be able to zip it up. (Photo by Lester Nehamkin)

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Bud Groff about to lower the canopy on Art, 1964. (screen grab from the 1965 documentary Challenge)

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Art Arfons and crew getting the Green Monster ready, October 27, 1964. (Photo by Lester Nehamkin)

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The cockpit of the Green Monster after Art's 1964 crash, Art's helmet on the seat, the steering yoke turned 90 degrees. Note all the salt that has gotten into the cockpit. (Photo by Lester Nehamkin)

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Art Arfons with his mother Bessie in front of the Green Monster, 1965. (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)

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Art, his foot on the wheel of his jet dragster Cyclops, with Betty Skelton prior to her run for the women's land speed record, Sept. 27, 1965. (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)

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Betty Skelton at the wheel of Art Arfons' Cyclops jet dragster, Bonneville, Sept. 1965. (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)

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Betty Skelton in Cyclops, Sept. 27, 1965, ready to run for the women's LSR. (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)

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Betty Skelton poses with Art Arfons after setting the women's LSR with a two-way average of 277.62 mph on Sept. 27, 1965. Note the spatter that the runs on the wet salt left on Cyclops. (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)

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Charlie Mayenschein congratulating Betty Skelton on her new women's land speed record. (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)

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Art Arfons, in his Firestone racing outfit, at the height of his fame circa 1965.

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Art's business card (autographed) from the late 1960s.

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