• Aug 11, 2009
Barry Brant, third from left, posing with members of the Bryant family in front of the car he was driving during crash

Anyone familiar with land speed trials knows all too well the dangers inherent in pursuing new record-breaking speeds, and today we're saddened to report on the death of one Barry Bryant of Anderson, California.

According to sources, Bryant lost control of his car on Sunday afternoon during Speed Week while passing the five-mile marker on the Bonneville salt flats at 200 miles per hour. The car – called the Tom Thumb Special VII and partially visible in the Bryant family photo above – rolled multiple times, leaving a quarter-mile of debris and emergency crews to cut away at the car to remove the injured driver. Bryant was rushed to the Intermountain Medical Center some 120 miles away in Salt Lake City, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries before arriving there. Our thoughts are with the Bryant family.

[Source: Salt Lake Tribune | BryantAuto.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope it wasn't a family member that forgot to tighten a log nut or something, cos that would be hard to live with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad that the nearest hospital is so far away, I wonder if it was only like 15mins away would he had survived.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking. I mean, I know it can't be right next door to a hospital, but 120 miles? Even lifeflight would take like 40-45 minutes to make that trip, I think. (Yes, that's a guess, I don't know what the chopper's top speed is.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      may he rest in peace.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very sad. Bonneville is a wonderful, but dangerous place... one of the last few motorsports dominated by the homebuilder.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least he died doing what he loved: Going at very high speed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not really.
        He died in the ambulance, but at least it was in a rush
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would rather die doing something I hate.....I want to live doing stuff I love. Give me a heart attack while taking out the garbage, but let me live while driving the tail of the dragon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @me :
        duh refresh
        nm double post
        • 5 Years Ago
        And yet autoblog misspells his name in the caption...