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Samuel Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction. 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: BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS AUDIO (CLIP 1)


It's November 15, 1964. Just two days before, on November 13, Craig Breedlove reclaimed the LSR from Art Arfons with a two-way average of 468 mph. Now he's back on the Salt to push his record still higher, up past 500 mph, where it will hopefully be beyond Art's reach.

In this audio clip, recorded by Jim Economides, we hear the start of Craig's return run--the run where he loses his chutes and his brakes and runs out of course and nearly drowns in a brine pond. The gravely voiced man doing a lot of the talking is Ted Gillette, who was a USAC official stationed in Joe Petrali's "U-Sack Shack" in addition to being the ambulance driver. Ted has headphones on and is relaying what he's hearing from observers posted along the course. The instructions, "Roll the ambulance," which Ted repeats, are in fact directed to him.

To listen, click here.


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