ART ARFONS / GREEN
MONSTER: BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS AUDIO (CLIP 1)
September 29, 1965. Art Arfons has held the land speed
nearly a year. He has the last week of the month booked on the
Bonneville Salt Flats, in case Craig Breedlove breaks his record.
Breedlove hasn't (not yet, anyway), so Art is using the week for other
purposes. Two days before, Betty Skelton ran Art's Cyclops
jet dragster to claim the women's LSR. Now Art is doing standing-start
acceleration tests through the quarter-mile and mile in his Green Monster.
Here is some raw, unedited audio of the sounds that day on the Salt.
The recording was made by Sports
writer Jack Olsen. Jack has the recorder slung over his shoulder and is
just letting the mike pick up whatever is going on. The periodic
squeaking you hear is the sound of the recorder's strap rubbing when
Jack is walking. Art Arfons' voice can be heard starting at 2:13. His
first words are: "Well okay, don't nobody walk behind there no
more..." The man giving instructions, "Joe," is Joe Petrali.
listen, click here.