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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 8)




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One of Bill Moore's sketches for the original Spirit of America jet car. (William A. Moore artwork)


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Spirit of America arrives at the Bonneville Salt Flats for its first attempt
at the land speed record, 1962. (William A. Moore photo)


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Craig Breedlove at Bonneville in his Shell/Goodyear t-shirt (worn by crew members in both the 1962 and '63 seasons) and the cool sunglasses issued to the team. (WIlliam A. Moore photo)


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Another shot of Craig at Bonneville in 1962 or '63. Note the sign painted on the car: "Body by Quin Epperly." (William A. Moore photo)


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Spirit of America at Bonneville, Craig Breedlove on the step ladder by the cockpit. The tailfin on the car coupled with the gym shoes Craig is wearing date this shot to August 1963. (William A. Moore photo)


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Packing the chutes into the rear compartment of Spirit of America, August 1963. I believe that's
Jack Carter on the left and Bob Davids on right. (Is that some kind of ear ring on Jack's ear?)
(William A. Moore photo)


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Two unidentified Spirit of America team members working on the car, the removed panel revealing the vehicle's J-47 jet engine. (William A. Moore photo)


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Craig, in helmet, August 1963. That's Rod Schapel leaning against the car, smiling.
(William A. Moore photo)


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Craig, in helmet, stands on the ladder he used to climb into Spirit, August 1963.
(William A. Moore photo)


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Craig in the cockpit of Spirit of America, August 1963. (William A. Moore photo)


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Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America at Bonneville. (William A. Moore photo)


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The Spirit of America pits at Bonneville, 1963 or '64. Note the movie camera set-up on the left.
(William A. Moore photo)


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Working on Spirit of America's windshield, 1962 or '63. That's Quinn Epperly on the left,
Craig at center, unidentified on right. (William A. Moore photo)


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A scrum of crew members, newsmen, officials and rubber neckers
around Spirit of America, 1963 or '64. (William A. Moore photo)


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The Ford truck Craig drove out to Bonneville in 1962 and again in 1963 had "Spirit of America Land Speed Record Attempt" painted on the back. Here Craig is crossing out the word "Attempt" after breaking the record in August 1963. (William A. Moore photo)


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John Cobb's 16-year-old LSR of 394 mph was painted over on the Bonneville sign
with Craig's new record in August 1963. (William A. Moore photo)


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An "Order of the Spirit of America" certificate, signed by Craig Breedlove and project manager Bill Lawler, was given to each member of the Spirit team after Craig brought the LSR to the United States on Aug. 5, 1963 with his 407 mph record. This is Bill Moore's copy.


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Mounted presentation models of Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America. Models like these were sold through Shell gas stations across the country.  (William A. Moore photo)


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