Sport: Riding the Washboard

One of these days, they may have to put traffic lights on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The silly season had barely started when Illinois' Tom Green shocked speed-jaded Bonneville buffs by piloting Walt Arfons' Wingfoot Express to a new record of 413 m.p.h. It lasted just three days—until Walt's brother Art, 38, clocked 434 m.p.h. in his jet-powered Green Monster. That was enough to bring Old Bonneville Hand (407 m.p.h. in 1963) Craig Breedlove hustling back to the flats for another try in his three-wheeled Spirit of America.

Breedlove soon boosted the mark to 526 m.p.h.—and nearly killed himself when Spirit clipped through...

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