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Old 09-22-2006, 06:02 PM
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Little known fact about the Arfons attempt.......Before Craig died in his attempt, his uncle Art made an attempt of his own.

The sponsons on his record boat had racing wheels and tires protruding down slightly below the pads...on axles.

He basically mounted his drag racer on a pair of pontoons... and intended to "roll over the water" at speed, the theory being that water is harder than concrete at high speed.
He had very little respect, it would seem, for the danger and hydro/aero-dynamics involved. As I recall, he felt that he had gone considerably faster on land than his intended water speed and he sort of blew off the water speed record dangers.

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Old 09-22-2006, 06:29 PM
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T2x,
The jet car conversion was Art Arfons and it never ran on water,thankfully.
Craig Arfons boat was a stretched Deaver drag hydro and his boat pic is attached.

The 345 mph mentioned for" Spirit",was a terminal speed at the end of the backup run.

First run 305 mph.
Backup run 329 mph ....(Radared at 345 mph exiting the traps)
Average speed 317 mph.
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Old 09-22-2006, 06:52 PM
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If you consider ALL speed records (air, land, etc) lately have been by MASSIVELY supported efforts by multi-national corporations or even countries......................................
Ken Warby has nothing to prove. He can retire a champion, in the same way any undefeated boxer that held their record for decades can.
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Little known fact about the Arfons attempt.......Before Craig died in his attempt, his uncle Art made an attempt of his own.

The sponsons on his record boat had racing wheels and tires protruding down slightly below the pads...on axles.

He basically mounted his drag racer on a pair of pontoons... and intended to "roll over the water" at speed, the theory being that water is harder than concrete at high speed.
He had very little respect, it would seem, for the danger and hydro/aero-dynamics involved. As I recall, he felt that he had gone considerably faster on land than his intended water speed and he sort of blew off the water speed record dangers.

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Wow!... what a weird concept. I remember when The green monster and Spirit of america were inching up the speed record on the salt flats in the 60s. I was an elementary school student in SLC and it was front page news every day. Arfons blew tires.... Brave Speedlove... uhhhh ... I mean Craig Breedlove went into a drainage ditch... all the while they were approaching 400 mph and beyond.
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