50 Years Since Goldenrod

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the land speed record set by the car they called Goldenrod, a Chrysler powered hot rod piloted by brothers Bill and Bob Simmons. The land speed record was set on the Bonneville Salt Flats where speed races are held each year. Racing has occurred at the Salt Flats of Utah dating back to 1896.

Goldenrod held the official wheel-driven land speed record from 1965 all the way until 2008¬†when it was finally beaten out. It was unofficial record until 1991, but the Spirit of ’76 did not beat the 1% average speed increase to become an official record. Goldenrod was far ahead of its time, and remains one of the fastest to this day. You can see the Goldenrod in all of its restored glory at Henry Ford, restored by John Baechtel.

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