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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.

WALT ARFONS / WINGFOOT EXPRESS: PHOTOS (PART 2)




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Loading JATO rocket bottles into the tail of Wingfoot Express, Bonneville Salt Flats, 1965 (courtesy Walt Arfons)


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Bobby Tatroe in the cockpit, getting ready for a run. That's Alex Tremulis with the mustache and cap. (courtesy Goodyear Tire and Rubber)


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Bobby Tatroe in the cockpit of the Wingfoot rocket car, Walt Arfons looking on (courtesy Goodyear Tire and Rubber)


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Bobby Tatroe, helmet on, ready to go (courtesy Goodyear Tire and Rubber)


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The Wingfoot Express rocket car blasting off, Bonneville Salt Flats, 1965 (courtesy Walt Arfons)


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The Wingfoot Express back at Walt Arfons' Pickle Road workshop (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)


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A rear view of the Wingfoot, the scorching very apparent (courtesy Tom Mayenschein)


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This is an original drawing by Alex Tremulis, who worked on the Wingfoot Express, sent to me by Alex's nephew, Steve Tremulis. Alex drew it in the aftermath of the Wingfoot's failed run for the record, when the team was wondering what to do next. Alex's suggestion, as shown in the drawing, was to launch Wingfoot vertically, to a maximum altitude of 7,500 feet, so that it would fall back to earth and impale itself into the Salt. As Alex recalled for Steve, the team members approved of the idea but Goodyear said "No." Wrties Steve: "Alex was most displeased at how the weight of the vehicle took away from its original concept, and this was his main point of the illustration." (courtesy Steve Tremulis)

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