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Arfons Green Monster Jet Car

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Arfons Green Monster Jet Car
Arfons Green Monster Jet Car



Description

Top Speed: 576.553 miles per hour

Built by Art Arfons, the 1963 Green Monster is a three-time holder of the World Land Speed Record. The vehicle is powered by a 15,000-pound thrust General Electric J-79 jet engine from a B-58 Hustler bomber that Arfons bought in damaged condition for $5,000. He repaired the engine, installed it in his new car which was anchored to buried concrete in his backyard, then fired it. The engine rattled windows over a wide area and incinerated his chicken coop. He persuaded Firestone to sponsor the project by contributing tires and wheels valued at $500,000. When at Bonneville, he took the three-day-old World Record from his brother, then lost it eight days later. Afrons recaptured it after only two weeks, but lost the record again the following year. He set his final World Land Speed Record of 576.553 miles per hour on November 7, 1965, only to lose it again eight days later.

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