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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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Spirit of America-Sonic 1 in its service tent on the Bonneville Salt Flats circa Oct. 1965. (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Front view of Sonic 1 at Bonneville, 1965. The tent sheltering it from the sun extended off a semi-truck workshop. (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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The semi-truck/workshop that was the heart of the Sonic 1 camp at Bonneville in 1965, spare wheels for the jet car leaning against the side. (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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A nice clear view of the semi-truck-workshop-and-tent set-up where Sonic 1 was worked on at Bonneville, 1965. Note the cordon to keep onlookers back. (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Spirit of America-Sonic 1 on the Bonneville Salt Flats, a fuel truck in the background. The jet car looks to be in nearly pristine condition and there are no louvres or flanges on the sides, so this photo likely dates to early in Craig's first week on the salt, Oct. 12-18, 1965. (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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An autographed photo of Craig Breedlove with Spirit of America-Sonic 1. Note the foam slabs stuffed in the air duct. (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Cockpit view of Sonic 1. (courtesy Ron Christensen)

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Craig Breedlove (center) at Bonneville, 1965, with longtime friend Bill Moore (dark T-shirt) and Bob Davids (left). (courtesy Bob Davids)

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Examining the tailpipe of Sonic 1's J-79 jet engine. (courtesy Bob Davids)

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An unidentified group posing with Sonic 1 at Bonneville, 1965. (courtesy Bob Davids)

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The Spirit of America pits on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Oct.-Nov. 1965. (courtesy Bob Davids)

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Craig Breedlove in Sonic 1's cockpit, 1965. (courtesy Bob Davids)

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Spirit of America-Sonic 1 with body panels removed to access the J-79 jet engine. (courtesy Bob Davids)

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Spirit of America-Sonic 1 crew chief Nye Frank, 1965. (courtesy Bob Davids)

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Craig Breedlove giving his wife Lee instructions on how to handle Spirit of America-Sonic 1. Lee drove the car to a women's land speed record of 308.56 mph on Nov. 4, 1965. (courtesy Bill Moore)

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Spirit of America-Sonic 1 after a run, 1965, a nice clear view from the rear showing the chute compartments. The racer is starting to look a bit beat up now, but the louvers (to prevent pressure build-up) haven't yet been cut into the body.

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