Watch Craig Breedlove Tell His Story Of 1960s Land Speed Heroism In This Great Video – Great Emotion And Tons Of Old Footage

Watch Craig Breedlove Tell His Story Of 1960s Land Speed Heroism In This Great Video – Great Emotion And Tons Of Old Footage

In many ways, Craig Breedlove was the ultimate California hot rod kid of his era. Who else was able to dream up and actually see through a futuristic looking, thrust driven monster of a car that was able to wrest thew land speed record from the Brits? Yes, Art Arfons soon became Craig Breedlove’s foil but in terms of a photogenic, young, California guy who beamed in front of a camera, Craig Breedlove was the right kid for the right time. In this spectacular video, made as part of the Pennzoil “Breaking Barriers” series of films, we see Breedlove as we rarely have. He gives an amazing account of his record breaking runs on the salt and especially of his ultimate triumph, which was running a two way average of 600mph to put a cap on what many consider the greatest era in the pursuit of the world’s land speed record. We’re not ashamed to admit that we actually got kind of misty at one point because Breedlove does when he talks about the moment he was handed the folded slip of paper from solemn officials denoting the fact that he had averaged 600mph during his two record runs. To this day, nearly 50 years later, it still busts him up and it got to us a little as well.

We’re not sure how we have missed this series of videos because they all look spectacular. We’re going to jump around and show you the best stuff from the series over the next few days but starting here seemed pretty natural as there are lots of people who love the history of hot rodding and land speed competition on the salt in Readerland. The first two minutes of the video are lead in for the main body of the deal and the whole thing is worth watching. From the intro with John Hennessey to the beauty shots of the incredible 911 roadster, this is really good stuff. Pennzoil obviously spent some bucks on these films and it shows. The production is slick and the look is totally professional. We’re going to watch the rest of them right now!


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5 thoughts on “Watch Craig Breedlove Tell His Story Of 1960s Land Speed Heroism In This Great Video – Great Emotion And Tons Of Old Footage

  1. john

    I walked into a college public speaking class totally forgetting that I had a speech do that day. The most ” unforgettable character” was the topic so I picked Craig Breedlove. He got me an “A” that day; the man can “walk on water” and has. Remember the car in the salt pond trick?

  2. 38P

    They premiered a whole hour of Pennzoil’s “Breaking Barriers” on Nat Geo Channel last week . . . Great stuff . . . Henry Ford, Campbell, Xydias, Breedlove, Andy Green, Hennessey . . . .

    They leave out lots of stuff (such Breedlove’s infamous salt bath . . . Ab Jenkins, Kenz and Leslie (and driver Willie Young), Gary Gabelich . . . just to name a few ) and they occasionally put up the wrong photo with the narration, but it’s still a “must see” for LSR fans.

  3. cyclone03

    I’ve dropped Craig’s name here before, My dad helped knock the garage wall out so the car would fit,he also help build Sprit I . Then I came along ….

    Mom says Craig still owes her about $10 for fried chicken for all the guys working on the car.

  4. claymore

    I was a kid when this all was going on and it was better than baseball. My friends and I would go back and forth on who would end up with the record. Good work by both Mr. Breedlove and Mr. Arfons and their all important crews.

  5. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Yes – real hero who walked the walk!

    Andy Green and Richard Noble talk the talk with their “virtual” land speed record car that will go 1,000mph some time in the next century! Well by 2017 or want ever even ol’ Craig could set at least a dozen records in 10 different cars.

    There’s even an Australian in the race and another two or three challengers and a lunatic with a wingless Lockheed Starfighter. I hope they all go at least 1500mph a shut these windbags up! Im’ sick of hearing about the delays and watching CGI record runs -get real lads!

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