ART ARFONS / GREEN
SALT FLATS AUDIO (CLIP 3)
November 7, 1965, Art's first day on the
than an hour after the previous clip (Clip 2). Art has just gone
all-out on his very first run to reclaim the LSR from Breedlove with an
average speed of 576.553 mph. He almost crashed on the return leg due
to a blown tire, the explosion so powerful it blasted away some of the
car's body. The jolt sent Art careening off the course and onto the
and over a survey stake that tore up the front end of the Monster.
He emerged from the cockpit spitting mad, thinking something had gone
through and fodded his J-79 engine. Fortunately, that wasn't the case;
the Monster was battered but
it could be repaired.
Here's some raw, unedited audio recorded by Sports Illustrated writer Jack
Olsen of the sounds of people gathering around the Monster
immediately following this memorable run. You can hear a kid at the
very start say, "His tire's blew." Around 1:50 an exasperated course
official starts telling people to stay back, away from the car.
listen, click here.