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Mickey Thompson's four-engined Challenger 1, which reached speeds of over 360 mph at the 1959 Bonneville Speed Trials. The following year at Bonneville, Thompson became the first American to break the 400 mph one-way mark, setting a new record at 406.60 mph, surpassing John Cobb's 402 mph.

Bonneville Speed Trials

  • Title Bonneville Speed Trials
  • Source William Hewitt Photograph Collection  
  • Description Mickey Thompson's four-engined Challenger 1, which reached speeds of over 360 mph at the 1959 Bonneville Speed Trials. The following year at Bonneville, Thompson became the first American to break the 400 mph one-way mark, setting a new record at 406.60 mph, surpassing John Cobb's 402 mph.
  • Years 1959  
  • Photographer William Hewitt  
  • State Utah  
  • Country United States  
  • Marque Challenger  
  • Model Challenger 1  
  • Venue Bonneville Salt Flats (Utah)  
  • Identifier 2011-014HEWI-1959-b5_5.4_0007
  • Original Format black-and-white negatives  
  • Rights Copyright has been assigned to The Revs Institute. Although copyright was transferred by the donor, copyright in some items in the collection may still be held by their respective creator. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

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