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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 2)




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Craig Breedlove and Spirit of America circa August 1962. (courtesy Bob Davids)


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Spirit being towed onto the Bonneville Salt Flats, late August 1962. On the back of the truck that's Bill Fordham on the left, Alan Buskirk on the right.  (courtesy Bob Davids)


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A magnificent shot of Spirit of America at Bonneville, 1962. (courtesy Bob Davids)


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Spirit of America on its turn-around rig. The guy bent over is J-47 engine mechanic Bob Johnson. (courtesy Ron Christensen)


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Spirit of America on its turn-around rig, Craig's truck towing the jet engine start cart. (courtesy Ron Christensen)


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The Spirit of America crew, Bonneville, 1962. Bob Davids identifies everyone as follows: "FRONT: Craig Breedlove; 2ND ROW (left to right): unnamed Goodyear engineer, Nye Frank; 3RD ROW (left to right): son of Shell exec, 'Buzzy' Buskirk (electrical man), Bob Johnson, Rod Schapel; 4TH ROW (left to right): Bill Fordham (nickname: 'garbage mouth'), parts chaser and semi-truck driver Jim (??), Bob Davids, Walter Sheehan." (courtesy Goodyear Tire and Rubber)


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Craig Breedlove and his Spirit of America land speed jet car, Bonneville, 1962. (courtesy Goodyear Tire and Rubber)


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Circa the first week of September 1962; getting Spirit ready to go. (courtesy Ron Christensen)


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Spirit of America, 1962, front view. The car's front wheel is resting on the rig used to quickly turn it around. (courtesy Ron Christensen)


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Craig Breedlove in Spirit's cockpit, 1962. (courtesy Utah State Archives)


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Craig in the cockpit: "This thing won't steer." (courtesy Utah State Archives)


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