CAR RACING AGAINST THE CLOCK: The Story of the World Land Speed Record by

CAR RACING AGAINST THE CLOCK: The Story of the World Land Speed Record

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A sleek looking, well-lubricated account of the quest for the world land speed record which began in 1898 when an electric-powered Jeantaud reached an unprecedented 39.24 mph. Henry Ford personally set a record (91.37 mph) in 1904, but the real breakthrough came in the 19605 with Craig Breedlove's turbojet-powered Spirit of America: It went fast all right (Breedlove cracked the 600 mph barrier), but the authorities had trouble deciding whether it could be considered an automobile. Dedicated speed demons should be aware of an adult book, Land Speed Record (1972), but at this younger level Ross achieves above average polish.

Pub Date: May 16th, 1976
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard