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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.

CRAIG BREEDLOVE / SPIRIT OF AMERICA: PHOTOS (PART 1)




Craig Breedlove age 16
Craig Breedlove in 1953 at age 16,  when he was known as Craig Bowman. (courtesy Cynthia Lee Bowman)


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Craig with Mike Freebarin, Bill Moore, Stan Goldstein and other hot-rodding buddies, mid-1950s. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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An early Spirit of America concept drawing by Bill Moore. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Another of Bill Moore's concept drawings. (courtesy Bill Moore)


spirit of america concept model
Art Russell's first Spirit of America concept model, artfully photographed on the salt at Bonneville to look like the real thing. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig with the model, circa 1960-61. (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)


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Spirit of America nears its final form: another Bill Moore concept drawing. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig in his dad's garage with the full-sized wooden mock-up of Spirit of America, circa 1961.
(a photo I found on eBay, likely from Bill Moore's estate)


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The partially built Spirit of America jet car being moved out of Norm Breedlove's garage. That's Craig, back to camera, guiding the front wheel of the trailer, and Bill Moore (I think) behind the Shell guy in the suit, pushing from the rear.


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Tires being fabricated for Spirit by Goodyear Tire and Rubber. (courtesy Bob Davids)


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Wheels being milled for Spirit from solid aluminum forgings. (courtesy Bob Davids)


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Goodyear executives checking out one of Spirit of America's wheels. (courtesy Bob Davids)


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Spirit of America under construction, Craig Breedlove giving a tour to sponsorship brass. (courtesy  Bob Davids)


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