November 10, 2009
November 7, 2009
November 7, 1965
Green Monster sets new speed record
In 1964, Art Arfons, a drag racer from Ohio, built a land-speed racer in his backyard using a military surplus J79 jet aircraft engine with an afterburner. Arfons christened the vehicle Green Monster, and in September took the racer to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to join in the race to set a new land- speed record. On October 5, the Green Monster jet powered to 434.022–a new land-speed record. However, Arfons’ record would only stand for six days, for on October 13, Craig Breedlove set his second land-speed record when he reached 468.719 in his jet-powered Spirit of America. In 1965, Arfons returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats in a revamped Green Monster, and on this day shattered Breedlove’s record from the previous year, when he raced to 576.553mph across the one-mile course.
November 1, 2009
A bit late on the Halloween Pinup but I was out of town at a Family Reunion. Yeah I know…Who has a family reunion on Halloween?! Apparently my wife’s side of the family…Go Figure!
November 1, 1927
Ford Model A production begins
For the first time since the Model T was introduced in 1908, the Ford Motor Company began production on a significantly redesigned automobile on this day–the Model A. The hugely successful Model T revolutionized the automobile industry, and over 15,000,000 copies of the “Tin Lizzie” were sold in its 19 years of production. By 1927, the popularity of the outdated Model T was rapidly waning. Improved, but basically unchanged for its two-decade reign, it was losing ground to the more stylish and powerful motor cars offered by Ford’s competitors. In May of 1927, Ford plants across the country closed, and the company began an intensive development of the more refined and modern Model A. The vastly improved Model A had elegant Lincoln-like styling on a smaller scale, and used a capable 200.5 cubic-inch four-cylinder engine that produced 40hp. With prices starting at $460, nearly 5,000,000 Model As, in several body styles and a variety of colors, rolled onto to America’s highways before production ended in early 1932.