Sport: An End to Infinity

It had been a bad season for racers at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, and the autumn rains were less than a month away.

Officials were just about ready to call it quits for the year when Glenn Leasher, a 26-year-old dragster from Burlingame, Calif., showed up with an improbable creation called Infinity. Leasher and three partners pooled $12,000 to buy a surplus General Electric J47 jet engine complete with afterburner, the same power plant used in the F-86 Sabre jet of Korean war fame. The young dragster encased his engine in a 400-lb. aluminum...

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