Hear The Legend Speak: This Awesome 1980s Profile Of Art Arfons Contains A Great Interview of The Man Himself


Hear The Legend Speak: This Awesome 1980s Profile Of Art Arfons Contains A Great Interview of The Man Himself

There are few people that I idolize in the cannon of hot rodding history but Art Arfons is one of them. I have written lots about him, I have made a long, long episode of my Dork-O-Motive podcast about him, and I have tried to learn every scintilla of information I could about the drag racer, turned land speed racer, turned tractor puller. This profile on the man and his machines from the 1980s show, “The exciting world of speed and beauty” is great as it contains a load of footage we had never seen before and a great one-on-one interview with Arfons himself where he shares some stories and his outlook on things.

The footage we’re talking about and many old photos make the piece. Looking at the famed “Anteater” a car he built the body for by hand at his shop on Pickle Road in Akron, Ohio actually in motion is a rare treat. That car failed to challenge for the land speed record but did manage to run some 350-mph plus with an Allison aircraft engine.

It was after the Anteater that Arfons went to jet power with a massive GE J-79 unit and began his quest for true land speed racing immortality.

This is a great and short look back at a truly good and awesome man.

Press play below to see this awesome profile of Art Arfons from the 1980s/early 90s –


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5 thoughts on “Hear The Legend Speak: This Awesome 1980s Profile Of Art Arfons Contains A Great Interview of The Man Himself

  1. KCR

    Being a true gear head, as we all are. Do yourself a big favor. Find the book “Speed Duel” It’s a very easy read, kinda like a long magazine. It’s about Art and Breedlove and others at the salt flats in the ’60s. Lots and lots of great gearhead stuff

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  2. Don Fitzgerald

    He sounds just like Arnie (The Farmer) Beswick. If you closed your eyes and only heard each of them talk about a run. Even has the same mindset also.

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    1. Mike Wood

      I remember seeing Arfons at US 30 drag strip back in late 60’s or early 70’s with the Green Monster.
      The track had him staged on the lane that had the starting shack right behind the jet powered car.
      When he throttled the jet up for the run it just about nocked the display sign of the shack .
      That was the good old days.
      Vegas Mike

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