• Jun 24, 2009


Did Jesse James really pilot a hydrogen-fueled vehicle faster than anyone else ever has in history? Possibly. Did he set a world record as claimed in doing so? Not so fast says noted world landspeed historian Louise Ann Noeth. It seems that Jesse's run wasn't quite up the the standards of a proper world record undertaking. Says Noeth:
The claim is without merit since the activities were conducted without benefit of any motorsports sanctioning authority. The vehicle was neither inspected, nor certified and all the timing personnel were on the James TV payroll. World speed records require two runs over a one-mile course within one hour. James was 5,148 feet short -- being timed one-way for a total of 132 feet; he made only three or four passes over an eight to ten-hour period. Any world record holder will tell you it's quite a technical feat to hold speed for a full mile.
Ouch. When given the opportunity to explain the apparent discrepancies between his so-called record run and the actual official record-holding BMW HR2, Louise says "James responded with a short crude retort that reminded her that vulgarity is indeed the refuge of a destitute mind." In conclusion, she adds:
Mr. James efforts count for absolutely nothing on the world motorsports stage and amount to little more than a self-promoting "TV racer" PR stunt since he chose to ignore the sport's sanctioning rules that have applied to all records certified for the past 80 years.
Click past the break for more from the official press release.

[Source: Landspeed Louise]

PRESS RELEASE:

TV's Jesse James Fraudulantly Claims Hydrogen-Powered World Speed Record, Says 'Landspeed Louise'

CREVE COEUR, MO - June 23, 2009: Noted automotive journalist and world landspeed historian Louise Ann Noeth has challenged television motorcycle guy Jesse James to a duel over his claim to have set a new world landspeed record.

According to a press release from Ms. Noeth and her company, Landspeed Productions, Jesse James claims he set the world record for hydrogen-powered vehicles on June 16th on the southern California El Mirage dry lake.

However, the press release states, "The claim is without merit since the activities were conducted without benefit of any motorsports sanctioning authority. The vehicle was neither inspected, nor certified and all the timing personnel were on the James TV payroll."

Louise Ann Noeth, known affectionately as LandSpeed Louise, is a veteran of several world landspeed record campaigns (some successful, some not). Her knowledge of the history, regulations and personalities involved in the efforts is nearly legendary.

"World speed records require two runs over a one-mile course within one hour. James was 5,148 feet short -- being timed one-way for a total of 132 feet; he made only three or four passes over an eight to ten-hour period. Any world record holder will tell you it's quite a technical feat to hold speed for a full mile," wrote Louise.

The baseless speed stunt was reportedly for the season-ending episode of James's TV show, Jesse James is a Dead Man. The episode is set to air in early August.

Louise adds, "James claims to have bested the FIA ratified BMW HR2 record of 185 mph. The BMW HR2 race car set 9 international and FIA-ratified land-speed records for hydrogen cars at the Miramas Proving Grounds in France. The BMW HR2 is one of the few hydrogen cars developed with internal combustion engine (ICE) technology instead of fuel cell technology. Mr. James efforts count for absolutely nothing on the world motorsports stage and amount to little more than a self-promoting "TV racer" PR stunt since he chose to ignore the sport's sanctioning rules that have applied to all records certified for the past 80 years."

Louise also reported that when contacted to explain the fraudulent claim, James responded with a short crude retort that reminded her that vulgarity is indeed the refuge of a destitute mind.

For more information about Landspeed Louise visit www.landspeedproductions.biz


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me a break with the "sanctioned" rules. Point is whether or not he did the length of the run that this "expert" is used to fact is speed is speed and he did it. Don't make it official if you feel that butt hurt about it, and if Jesse feels so inclined he will make it official as per "your" rules. I personally believe record setting is something personal and has nothing to do with what other people want to believe, this is a personal best leave it alone!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I personally have set every speed record on the face of the planet. Unfortunately no one was there to witness it officially, but I have it on video(editable) somewhere by people that were there (on my payroll), so all that matters is that I say I did it, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's Jesse James biach!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh... Has anyone checked to see if she is on the payroll? Maybe she's involved in a plot to drum up controversy, just so they can do the same stunt again, but now with 5 more viewers, bringing them to a total of 16 car journalists and 2 people waiting to see if he'll ever to a show as good as the first season of monster garage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a lot of respect for Jesse and his abilities. If he followed the FIA rules for land speed records and has the proof, then everyone can shut up. If he did a Hal Needham and tried f*****g the rules, then he can shut up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jesse James is self righteous assclown.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I never liked him much anyway. This is almost like vengeance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somebody call Guinness, I think we are about to set a world record of how many people don't care that the record is official.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha ha! Awesome...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "James responded with a short crude retort that reminded her that vulgarity is indeed the refuge of a destitute mind."

      This is why he rules. I'm sick and tired of the pussification of America. If you have issues with Jesse then you are mostly likely a self-righteous pansy and should punch yourself in the face.

      Jesse represents working hard and being passionate about what you do. We need more Jesses in this world and less "Collin and Tylers" with parents that enroll them in no-score soccer and T-Ball leagues only later in life to put then on ADD meds.



        • 5 Years Ago
        James represents hard working American? WTF? He's a TV celebrity douchebag that hasn't done anything worthwhile for the past decade. He's just a brand being pushed on you by savvy marketing people. And the fact that you buy it hook, line, and sinker means these people are wonderfully talented at their jobs and if they ever need you to drop wads of cash on some overpriced made-in-China junk, they just need to trot out James, you'll jizz in your pants and buy 4 cases of said junk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...and yet we wonder why the rest of the world hates us.
        • 5 Years Ago
        whuteverclowns

        "Jesse represents working hard"

        So the hard working America doesn't play by the rules, they cheat, cut it short, are aggressive and vulgar.

        By your, ehm, logic, it must have been the working America whose lies, financial shortcuts and loose and arbitrary application of rules caused subprime mortgage crisis......
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're an idiot

        Rules are rules, if other people wanting to break a record have to obide by them, then so does this man (whoever he is, don't know him).

        Does being famous give you the right to do just whatever the hell you want and claim false records? I say: rules are there to have everyone on the same playing field.

        But no, he 'rules' because he doesn't want to follow some simple guidelines to make this record official. You know, that attitude is great when you're 10, congratulations!

        Or do you think that people who achieve their records officially don't work equally hard for their records? So you're saying that their hard work is meaningless, but 'the hard work' of this clown should be honoured? He's obviously so 'hard working' that he can't comprehend a set of very simple rules even a retard could remember.

        And then bitching to whoever calls him on his errors is real mature! Yeah, we need more people like this! Wooptidoo...

      • 5 Years Ago
      boo freakin hoo.

      Record? Probably not, but you dont have to get all self righteous about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Try buying 30 minutes of airtime on a national television network to have a celebrity mouthpiece make that claim, and I think you'll find AOL taking considerably more interest in it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And who cares? I can announce all day long that I am the new owner of Autoblog but that doesn't make it so and I don't think AOL would need to take the time to set it straight.

        In a year, someone looking for this will Google it and the Guinness results will come up if people bitch and moan or not.

        He is an entertainer, get over it.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Those who can, do. Those who can't, keep records.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course nothing on reality tv is real. Jesse stopped being real a long time ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The hydrogen record isn't enough of a big deal to redo. It probably isn't even enough of a big deal to do it properly in the first place considering it could easily get pushed from 200 mph to 400 mph if someone with the $$$ and resources decided to do it.

      Besides, the real reason the woman is probably complaining is because her company makes money off of world record attempts and Jesse James bypassing her monopoly sets an example that could potentially put a hole in her bank account.

      So, what's new, guys. Nada.
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