Bob and Bill Summers with the Goldenrod Land Speed Race Car, 1965

Summary

Brothers Bob (left) and Bill Summers set a wheel-driven land speed record of 409.277 miles per hour with Goldenrod, their streamlined race car, in November 1965. The car was powered by four lightly-modified Chrysler "Hemi" V-8 engines that produced 600 horsepower each. Goldenrod's impressive record stood for 26 years.

Brothers Bob (left) and Bill Summers set a wheel-driven land speed record of 409.277 miles per hour with Goldenrod, their streamlined race car, in November 1965. The car was powered by four lightly-modified Chrysler "Hemi" V-8 engines that produced 600 horsepower each. Goldenrod's impressive record stood for 26 years.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1965

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2014.76.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Paul Schowalter.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 10 in

Inscriptions

on front: The GOLDENROD / WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD HOLDER FOR WHEEL-DRIVEN AUTOMOBILES / Official World Land Speed Records (2-way average) / 1 mile 409.277 mph / 1 kilometer: 409.695 mph / Set Nov. 12, 1965, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah / Owners, designers and builders: Bob and Bill Summers, Ontario, Calif. / Driver: Bob Summers / First American car to hold the wheel-driven mile record since 1928.

1965 Goldenrod Land Speed Race Car

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