FUEL FOR THOUGHT
from LandSpeed Productions
A NEWS UPDATE
Whatever is Mr. Craig Breedlove up to now?
A recent AP news wire report out of Carson City, Nevada stated Former
World Land Speed Record Holder Craig Breedlove was "seeking BLM
approval" for a special recreation permit at Nevada's Black Rock
Desert in 2001.
The Nevada BLM office was contacted about Breedlove's permit status
and said Breedlove's claims were, "puzzling as we have not
heard one iota from him ."
Officials confirmed that 63 year-old Breedlove has not yet filed an
application for the permit, nor has the BLM received any email, phone
call, or fax from Mr.Breedlove indicating his intentions. "We do not
respond to or consider newspaper articles as an application."
As far as special recreation permits are concerned, the BLM will need
to get Breedlove's application first, which initiates the permit
That process includes a variety of permit requirements that must be
reviewed and settled, and the physical site must be investigated
before any approval might be given for land speed trials on the Black
The official also noted in closing, "Before going to media, he is
supposed to apply for the permit!."
Breedlove also continues to insist that he was the first to 400mph on
land, but it is well-documented, historical fact that Englishman John
Cobb was the first person to travel in excess of 400 mph on land back
in 1947, when he tripped the clocks at 403mph during one of his World
Record runs. World Records are determined by the average of two runs
made back-to-back within a one-hour period of time.
Further, American hot rodder Mickey Thompson also beat Breedlove to
400mph in 1960 with a 406 mph run. Both Cobb and Thompson's vehicles
were powered by conventional internal combustion engines. Breedlove
can, however, claim that he was the first to set a World Land Speed
Record in excess of 400mph, but he was the third man to travel at that
"It is unfortunate that Mr. Breedlove continues to make this claim,"
said "LandSpeed Louise Ann Noeth, author of the recently published
Bonneville Salt Flats, a 102-year history book on land speed racing,
"I have repeatedly appealed to him and his public relations people to
set the record straight. To continue to make such false claims is a
dishonor to both John Cobb and Mickey Thompson, who reached those
speeds in the face of great personal peril. It might make snazzy PR
copy to say he was first, but it is not the truth."
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