Hemmings reports that Craig Breedlove is preparing to jump back into the land speed record game in an attempt to break through the 800 mph barrier. Breedlove made a name for himself while vying with 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. Breedlove was recently named the recipient of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum Spirit of Competition Award, becoming only the third individual to receive the award since its inception.

During the ceremony, the racer announced that he intends to return to Bonneville in 2013 – the 50th anniversary of his first record on the salt flats – with someone else at the controls. Breedlove already has a pair of GE jet engines lying around as well as some of the engineering necessary to put the power units to work in a LSR car. At this point, it's unclear exactly who will pilot Breedlove's new machine or what the design will look like, but a motorsports legend returning to the scene of his greatest triumph is something worth keeping tabs on, even if he isn't in the driver's seat.

For a quick refresher on Breedlove in his glory days, watch the excellent in-period video of a 1963 record-breaking effort after the jump.




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      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      You beat me to it, indirectly. The fact that Mach 1 equals 767 mph at sea level is incidental. Breedlove broke Mach 1 the first time around, and now he simply wants to add another 4%-5% to that to get an 'even' 800. Stick with the Mach numbers, you look more scientific and professional.
      lasertekk
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..which is 1287 km/h. Doesn't that strike you as a 'weird' number to attempt to conquer?
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lasertekk
        Not really... In the Imperial system 800 is a nice round number. They have the 200, 300, 400 and I'm sure 5,6 and 700 MPH clubs, so to be the first in the 800 MPH club is quite a feat. I've never heard of a 1000 KPH club.
          RJC
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex
          Looking at 800 miles, that works out to be 4,224,000 of His Majesty's Royal Feets--no tough actin' tinactin included. By the way, I celebrate the Fourth of July, do you? Putting it into a velocity notation, you get 4.22 million ft/hr. Yep, nice and round ancient agricultural-based units there. By the way, aviators and land speed types broke the 1000 km/hr record a long time ago, and have moved on. And if you were wondering, yes, I am an engineer.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      800mph is a good target, but I'm not sure it's good enough. It's only 37mph over the current record. And Richard Noble is already building his next record holder the Bloodhound SSC, which will set a new record well over 1000mph by the time Breedlove is ready. http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/
      DavidLPool
      • 3 Years Ago
      Zach, if you intend on following this story, bear in mind that his attempt in the last '90s (concurrent with the ultimately successful ThrustSSC project) showed signs of being underfunded and, based on articles about the British effort, used a design/layout that would have kept it from achieving the speed needed to break the sound barrier. For this Breedlove attempt to have any teeth, he's going to need more and better of both money and technology.
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DavidLPool
        Yep! And the exactly same Brits are going to kick his ass again. http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/
      Dean
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing like wasting mass amounts of fuel over a very short distance, probably not helping the environment much, and making lots of noise, in the name of setting another record - with no reason other than - 1 - Just because you can, 2- because it sounded like a good idea, 3 - it could be fun LET THE GAMES BEGIN! Screw 800mph - I want to see 1,000!
        ShutoSteve
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean
        For a second I was like "Oh crap, another environmentalist." Then I fell in love with you.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's so great about driving a clipped wing fighter plane? Land speed records should be set by wheel driven machines.
      Mikespeed95
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey there Craig Breedelove, You eat those Wheaties, and you make America proud. We're rooting for you.
      nitrostreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I'll be pulling for Breedlove, I know that Noble has got the larger bank account, and the support of nearly all of England (was even able to do some testing on a British military rocket sled track for the Thrust SSC). I've always thought this video of the Thrust SSC runs is interesting, if you watch closely you can see the sound wave at the front of the car and the wave dissipates as the SSC drives through the speed of sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtszDGW0eKQ
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