[Man] "In the morning, the sun pokes up out of these mountains.
There's no wind. It's still and quiet.
It's always quiet out here,
where even a gopher or a blade of grass can't live.
I walk around her,
not looking for anything in particular.
Just looking to see if the boys had missed some little gadget
that will start things ripping off.
It's a lonely feeling racing against time.
When you're racing against other cars,
you get a feeling the opposition is taking the same pushing around you are.
That they're tired and their muscles are sagging,
and their nerves are vibrating too.
That they're worrying about the same things you're worrying about.
But when you're racing against the old man with the hour glass,
you're racing against something that isn't human."
[Announcer] One more lap to go,
and here's that driving fool still serene and unruffled.
He must be a man of steel.
So, there goes Ab Jenkins, out to do something that hasn't been done before.
Do you realize
that the salt is shooting past
at the rate of 187 feet a second?
Man, I tell you, that's traveling.
[Man] He was out there when nobody else was doing this.
Grimly holding to that wheel.
There was a large flat place. He'd have a couple of guys in a support crew.
And he'd be going off to do something that had never been done before.
Never before has human being maintained such speed so long.
I put myself in Ab's shoes.
You know, these were athletes,
like Mohammed Ali, like Babe Ruth.
They have a talent,
and they are very good at this.
And they are so much better than you or I.
[Man] I think we need heroes like that; heroes that
dare to dream, that can go through failure
and rebound and recover.
He didn't come back once or twice.
He came back for 20 years.
He was just a guy that was a building contractor in Salt Lake trying to set some records,
and he did a good job.
That's a tired man out there.
For 17 hours he's been at the wheel.
It took a kind of Superman.
He'd have to have been focused for 24 hours. How do you do that without falling asleep?
Another record falls.
This man set more
world class records than any other human being.
[Man] This was such an awesome car, and completely different
than anything we had ever seen before and it was just--
You were just awestruck by it. There's no other way to put it.
[Man] It makes you wonder, you know, what was the fire burning inside of him?
[Announcer] Car 280, Brother. Gas mixture.
Mile two, 139.451.
I don't Ab Jenkins ever did this for an ounce of fame.
I think Ab Jenkins did this for the same reason the hot-rodders are out there today,
whether they go 10 mph, 100 mph.
They've got an idea.
It wells up inside of them.
They think this concept. They draw it in chalk on the floor.
They build it up. They make it safe. They take it to tech.
They get it sanctioned, and they go out there
and they see what it will do.
What's the question? What's the ultimate question?
How fast will it go?
That's what Ab wanted to know.
How fast will it go?
Every motor sport on this planet has sent someone to Bonneville.
Why? Because you can set a record or win a race anywhere in the world.
But when you set a record at Bonneville, it's a pedigree.
When you've got a land speed record at Bonneville,
and you can't talk about the Bonneville Salt Flats
without talking about Ab Jenkins.
I'm sorry, he's the one that made it possible.
[Announcer] This vast desert, 125 miles from Salt Lake City,
a plateau 100 miles long and 20 miles wide,
rimmed with mountains, baking in blasting heat.
Nature in the raw.
Dad used to say it was the 8th wonder of the world.
It's just 99% salt.
It's just plain salt.
There's nothing but salt.
[Marv Jenkins] It isn't a big, massive,
thick salt deal.
It's sitting on top of a mud base.
And the center of it is thicker than
where it feathers out to the edges.
You can be driving along, you see this white, everything's going fine.
All of a sudden, you just disappear.
Your car would go down in the mud.
It's a chore getting them out of there.
The bottom of a great salt sea, gone a million years ago...
He'd heard of it and he wanted to go out and try it.
There had been some bicyclists that had gone out there.
Now, that had to have been a story in itself.
You know, you wake up one morning, decide you're
going to take your bicycle out and run it on the Salt Flats,
from Salt Lake.
You're not really sure where it is.
You follow the railroad track to get out there, 'cause there's no highway.
The Salt Flats were scary.
People went out of their way to avoid it.
You look at road maps from the teens and the '20s and they say,
"Salt desert, impassable."
[Jenkins] "It was a day in June when I got my first introduction to the Bonneville Salt Beds,
but there wasn't much romance on that occasion."
"I was on the railroad tracks like a bronco busting cowboy
on a bumping, jumping motorcycle."
[Announcer] At precisely three minutes to 1:00, Jack Johnson makes way to the ring...
[Jenkins] "I remember well the date of that first visit,
because it was the same year as the James Jeffries-Jack Johnson fight in Reno.
I was determined to see the big match."
[Announcer] ...uppercut and three stinging lefts.
Jeffries goes down!
[Jenkins] "I had to travel over sage brush wastes that knew no roads.
I lifted my 125 pound mount over fences.
I ploughed through mud and dodged sprays of desert dust,
but it was worth it."
"I grabbed a firm grip on the two handles.
I spread my body out straight, as though driving a snow sled,
stiffened my legs and I gave her the works.
I was traveling.
It was the first time anyone had ever motored across the flats,
and right then and there
I realized the tremendous possibility of these beds for speed."
[Woman] The love of speed is something
that's very difficult to explain to anybody,
until you're actually driving those speeds,
and that's what the passion is all about.
That's the one great thing about motor racing,
is that you become this individual person.
You're all alone,
and nothing else actually matters in the world.
And I think it's one of the few times
you can actually do that in your life.
You're doing something you really want to do,
and the consequences don't come into it.
As a young man, Ab raced at county fairs in Utah and Idaho,
and he developed a job as a contractor doing building work
all over the Intermountain West,
and he would have good reason to drive fast for his work.
And he drove really quite fast for the day
and he became known
as someone who could drive 500 miles in an amazing time.
Ab found that he could make a living driving Studebakers
across country at high speed from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles or from
San Francisco to New York.
He gave up his day job
as a contractor and became a cross country driver for Studebaker.
But, in the late '20s, early '30s,
racing on the highways became too dangerous.
There were too many people on them.
Ab decided that he wasn't going to be party to that.
Somebody was going to get killed.
So, they began to run endurance races
on the old board tracks that were deteriorating badly,
but he was making a living at it.
And, gee, what a show this is to be watching.
It's more than a big sporting event.
It's a walloping adventure to be living through.
You and I are staring at four Studebaker motor cars,
two President Eight roadsters and two
President Eight sedans, swirling around at 70 mph.
A car slides in and the workers leap to action.
[Man] There were a number of board tracks in the east
and the more famous one was in Atlantic City.
[Announcer] A weary driver crawls out...
And Ab was very safety conscious.
When he was running in Atlantic City,
it was a mile and a half track.
It was very narrow.
And he got up to speeds of 140 mph there.
[Announcer] But the powerful kick in this scene for me
is that these are all four regular factory production cars...
[John Price] But he feared that you'd be just catapulted
right off the track and you'd have to bank that track
almost 90 degrees to stay safely on there.
[Announcer] ...if the track would hold out.
Track repairs have taken 150,000 feet of lumber...
[Price] So, he believed in safety,
but he felt that you couldn't do that any more on the board tracks,
and to repair the board tracks, it just wasn't happening.
And as the cars became more advanced, it became more dangerous.
And even then, in 1931, he was doing hill climbs.
Now, one year, he did 65 hill climbs.
Climbed almost everything that could be climbed across America.
And won every time.
But he didn't want to do that any more.
He wanted to focus on the salt.
[Jenkins] "It had been a long time since I'd been on the salt, and I missed it.
I'd driven a million miles by now:
hill climbs, board tracks and cross country,
but they all felt like dress rehearsals.
When the world talked racing, they looked to Europe.
No American was even close.
I wanted to change that,
and I knew the salt would help me."
I'll push it all the way down, Omar.
That's all right. Just fine.
Start her up, yeah.
[Jenkins] "Pierce-Arrow had come out with a new 12 cylinder,
but it wasn't even as fast as the old eight, so they asked me if I could
put more horses in it, which I did.
I managed to convince them to let me try for a world record out here,
where it had never been done."
"I had one automobile, and six spares tires,
to prove to the world
what an ideal course the salt beds could be."
All right, Omar, ready to rock.
Just laying out the track, it's a big job.
There's probably two or three surveyors.
Marv said that he used to try to take some schoolmates out there, and they quickly
figured out that was too much work and not much play.
[Marv Jenkins] We surveyed as large a circle as could get
and still stay on good hard salt.
And we got up to a 12 mile circle,
but it broke up real bad, so we ended up, basically
on a 10-mile circle.
But the salt itself, it was so pure
that you'd boil some eggs, you'd just put a little salt on it and eat.
How does it taste? Good and salty?
[Announcer] Stakes are driven into the surface that is as hard as concrete
and a fluttering flag is affixed to guide the speeding driver.
this is no boulevard; in fact, the crew
is a long way from a boulevard, a long way from
many of the amenities of civilization.
When they went out there,
they took everything.
There were no accommodations. They didn't stay in motels. They slept out there.
When they would run, they built some hard-sided canvas tents.
Just the logistics, you've got to bring all your food.
You've got to bring someone that can cook.
You've got to have some sort of medical.
The logistics would be just staggering.
There's a truism about racing.
It's 99% perspiration, 1% exhilaration.
And I should imagine that was at least
the case with him, because he had to envision what he was doing.
He had to, literally, break ground with using the Salt Flats.
He had to put the officials
in place to monitor it, because he was going for official records.
[Hugh] Ab was pretty well connected,
apparently, with Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.
They would raise
some money and get some volunteer assistance, both in goods and services,
to get the car out there,
to get the people they needed to run the car.
[White] They attempted to get sanctioning from the American Automobile Association
who said, "We're not going to do it.
There's not time. We're not interested.
The poor inspectors have to be out there on the salt
where it's uncomfortable.
So, we're not going to give you a sanction."
Ab said, "I've done a pretty good job in adding
50 horse power to this thing, let's see how fast it will go."
[Jenkins] "I pulled on my canvas helmet tight enough to cut into my skin,
where the wind won't get its fingers under it
and jerk it off, almost taking ears off with it.
Going that fast, the wind isn't just air blowing at you.
It's a solid wall, and it plays dirty tricks.
You feel kind of solemn
looking that kind of grind in the face."
[White] His endurance was a completely different kind of thing.
To be able to drive at speed, and at speeds which, for the day,
were right on the edge of controllability,
even though you're tired, hot and your ears are ringing.
And, as he said, on one of his runs, he was hallucinating.
He had to hold on to it, hold it together, for 12,
24 hours, or longer.
[Jenkins] "Right over my shoulder, the sun's going down,
which means I'm driving into its blinding rays four miles out of every 12½.
The track is next to invisible,
and the intense reflected light bores through my goggles."
"Then, darkness rushes across the flats."
"I pass flickering kerosene flares dripping yellow light across my path.
It gets darker,
and the mirages begin to form.
The track takes on a banked appearance.
It seems as if I'm driving in a great salt bowl whose sides slope sharply upward.
They undulate slowly,
and then the reflectors reaching out ahead of me into the darkness
begin to climb up into the sky,
until I'm traveling down a highway with overhead street lights.
I don't let it worry me.
I've seen the Earth and the lights put on their tumbling act before.
I know they don't mean it.
The important thing is, I'm clipping off records now."
"Except for being stone deaf, I felt pretty good.
I had driven the entire 24 hours without ever moving out of the driver's position,
and I thought I'd outdone the French.
But right after the race,
Triple A told me it wouldn't count since they hadn't clocked it.
They fined me 500 bucks for running unsanctioned
and said my run was without significance."
Tough last night, wasn't it?
Yes, it was for a while. This morning it was pretty tough too.
Yeah, when you're out there on that gravel.
[Marv] Dad had made the run in 1932 on the salt,
but it wasn't under Triple A contest.
He was ridiculed and Triple A fined him.
I mean, he had quite a rhubarb with them.
[White] The contest board of the American Automobile Association
was very unhappy because anybody that ran any kind of speed event
without their sanction was excommunicated.
So, he was going to show them.
He went out again in '33 to do the same thing with a '33 Pierce-Arrow.
Well, Ab, you're off for another world's record.
Yes, and as usual, I'm using Pennzoil.
This is the 12th year that I have used Pennzoil and it has never failed me.
He opens the can of Pennzoil fresh from the refinery...
[Jenkins] "By 1933, Pierce-Arrow was in financial trouble,
and that meant I was too.
This was the height of the depression.
They couldn't afford to pay me a salary any more,
so I rounded up some sponsors."
[Jenkins] "Thanks to them, I was able to pay
my Triple A fine and the sanction fee."
[Announcer] He pops a stick of chewing gum.
You'd never guess that he was starting on the most punishing test
of man and machine in the history of the motor car.
What do you actually think you're gonna do, what speed?
Well, I've got to stay above 120 mph till I pass
the 1,000 mile mark in order to get that record.
[Jenkins] "Now I had other people relying on me besides my family.
I had to send a message across the Atlantic, and this time, it had to be official."
Best of luck to you, fella.
When you get through with this,
you'll have skin like Lillian Russell's was when you come back.
Don't mention it.
Well, Dad, I've got a present for you to carry around.
I want you to carry around my Ingersoll, my watch,
to tell you what time to come in at.
Think that will give me good luck?
Yes, I know it will.
I wish you all the luck in the world.
Well, your nose is peeling.
[Announcer] There's nothing in life right now
except salt, and those world records he's determined to hold before this night is over.
That is, if he and the Pierce-Arrow can survive this grueling test.
[Man] I was able to watch Ab take off right from the start.
The timers were all there, timing these laps that he made.
It was just wonderful to hear that coming by, and then
going around the 10-mile track,
and hear it getting so that you could barely hear it.
And then, here it would come again.
It was just
an exciting experience.
[Announcer] Even from the airplane 4,000 feet above that bed of salt
it is evident that Ab is stepping on it,
that his desire to break world records will be realized, and here he comes again.
There were multiple records.
You'd start out, like, 10 mile, and then there was 10k,
and then there would be the 50 mile and the 50k
and all the way up through all the kilometers,
into the thousands.
Then they'd have the hour records.
There'd be the 1-hour and the 3-hour, 6-hour, 12-hour and 24-hour.
[Announcer] And right now, a word about these world records.
The new marks set by the Pierce-Arrow
that are reported in this picture were all held by European cars,
driven by crews of drivers, consisting in some cases of as many
as five men who relieve one another during the grind.
But out here in the desert, one man is humbling the expert drivers
of the old world, and he's doing it alone.
[Announcer] His eyes are glued on that track of salt.
This champion never takes a drink, a smoke or a chew.
He's got nerve like iron all right and physical stamina
that is almost super human.
You know, he was a teetotaler and
a pretty good specimen athletic-wise.
I think he tried, I mean, way before everybody had a personal trainer,
I think he tried to stay in pretty good shape
so he could do these sort of things.
I mean, the body can only take so much of the heat and lack of water and that sort of thing.
I mean, the guy was amazing stamina-wise.
He attributed it to his good Mormon upbringing.
Ab had a great faith.
He believed that it was a negative to have
any alcohol consumption or tobacco consumption.
He felt that living a clean life that he lived added to his endurance.
Here's your canteen, Dad.
He'd come in at pit stop, drink orange juice or milk, nothing else.
Now, that's incredible, to go 24 hours just drinking
orange juice or milk.
Oh, yeah, he loved milk and my mother was there all the time,
every pit stop that he ever made.
How do you feel?
Now, I never asked where it all went, because he never got out of the car.
And he didn't have bathroom facilities on board, so we can only conjecture.
[Announcer] What's he up to now? Shooting off a Roman candle.
Well, hardly. It's a little too early for fireworks.
That's just Ab's way of letting the camp know what's going on in that car.
Dad had a little pad that he put where the horn button normally is on a steering,
and he had a little pencil
hanging on a deal, and he would right a note
and tear the note off and drop it.
One time, there's these laths every 100 feet
around the track and as he's coming by,
he'd spotted something and he thought he might be losing his mind,
but he wrote a note and told how many from a mile marker we had,
and it was, see.
[Jenkins] "While traveling about 120mph,
I caught sight of a little black
creature snuggling in the shade of one of the markers on the course.
Next time around, I convinced myself it was a mouse.
It might have gotten out there in our supplies.
I wrote the crew a note,
telling them the exact whereabouts
of Mr. Mouse.
Sadly, the heat got to him before we did,
so we gave him a fitting burial in the salt.
Well, you don't see enough of him.
He comes by, then he's gone for about three minutes,
then he comes shooting by again.
But it's a long-- That 24 hours is a long period out there.
You really just can't hardly believe it's going by.
[Announcer] That's a tired man out there.
For 17 hours he's been at the wheel.
And now, just one more round.
Don't let anything happen
now, Ab boy.
Here he comes.
And here's what has happened.
One by one, these and 57 other records
have fallen before Ab Jenkins in the Pierce-Arrow.
200 miles, three hours, 500 miles, six hours,
1,000 miles, 12 hours, 2,000 miles, 24 hours.
And finally, the climax.
3,000 miles at the almost unbelievable speed of 117 mph.
Nice work, Ab. Congratulations!
How do you win?
How do you win when it's only you that
are competing against yourself? How do you push yourself?
Great ride, boy.
That was ride, wasn't it?
I mean, if you go out there in 1932-33,
he was running with Pierce-Arrows.
He was doing great speeds, but it didn't push him.
Who was he competing against?
He had to have other measures to move to the next level.
Well, Dad, I'm glad you made it.
So am I.
And that's why you needed to get the greatest of the great,
and that's where you had Campbell and Cobb,
who were pushing the envelope also.
[Jenkins] "I had set over 60 records in that run,
and as always, my family was by my side:
the kids, Ruth and Marvin, and Evelyn of course,
who said that maybe the Triple A would realize at last
the salt had more use than coating crackers.
Until now, the English speed drivers had held the fastest records,
but they would simply have to come out on the salt if they were to regain them.
John Cobb had tried to win them back for England at Montlhery,
and almost lost his life when his car went over a wall.
George Easton had been setting records too,
but the Brits closed their beaches when it got too dangerous."
"Malcolm Campbell had been trying to break 300 mph at Daytona Beach without any luck."
The original Daytona, on the sand,
was quite dangerous.
It was only maybe 200 yards wide, at the most.
As long as you didn't have any problems,
it was a 20, maybe 30 mile long stretch,
somewhere in there, that they all were able to race on.
But if you had a blow out,
the car would immediately stop in the sand and catapult you out,
and some people got killed doing that.
He was convinced that, for safety,
and to get to higher speeds, that they had to come to Utah.
It was because of Ab that
the racers came to Bonneville in the first place.
And I don't mean the hot-rodders. I mean, Sir Malcolm Campbell.
I mean the guys that raced these things
with ties and white shirts, and then put their overalls on to go racing.
These were gentlemen racers,
because this was the monster car era.
But he couldn't figure out for years how to get people to come and see this.
Because there was nothing there, not like it is now.
Way out in the sticks in Utah.
They were somewhat reluctant to look it up and find out how good it was.
[Price] But there wasn't even any roads at that point.
There wasn't a road to Wendover. You traveled over the salt to get to Wendover.
And, in fact, one of Ab's first experiences where, I think, in 1925,
tried to bring notoriety to the salt when he raced the train
from Salt Lake to Wendover, a 125-mile race.
And he bet, I think it was $250 that he could beat the train.
And it was an arduous task and he beat it by five minutes.
But that started the notoriety, and then he started writing letters and doing campaigns
to get Campbell and Cobb to come to Utah.
He was a one man PR band.
He went, again, on his own nickel,
of his own volition, down to Daytona where Malcolm was
spinning his wheels with the Bluebird.
Couldn't get that thing over 300.
[British Announcer] Despite diligent efforts to improve his car,
he simply could not achieve the goal he desperately wanted,
I do so hope we shall be successful.
And Ab just shook his head.
He knew, it you brought that thing out to Bonneville, that thing would go over 300.
And so, in fact, the next thing you know,
it was Ab Jenkins, the one man PR band,
that brought Malcolm Campbell
to the Bonneville Salt Flats in September of 1935
and the rest is history.
Yes he did reach out to other people and say, "Come and do it."
He didn't hog it for himself.
He didn't say, "I can be the fastest man in the world,
but I'm not going to let anybody else do it."
He basically said,
I'm showing you that I can be the fastest,
now come and take that title away from me,
which was a little bit like saying, "I've climbed Everest,
now I'll show you the easy way up.
[Man] Of course, this was Ab's grounds, you know.
These are Ab's hallowed, sacred grounds.
And Ab is very open and brings everybody into this field.
You know, he loves the challenge.
But, you know, Ab really pushes it and really forces
the English to come over here and compete with him.
[Man] So, in those two stages, Ab getting it heard,
the ultimate land speed record being brought there by Malcolm Campbell
and being run there for the next 50 years.
Those two, between them, made Bonneville what it is still today.
[Announcer] In his super powered Bluebird, Sir Malcolm blazed across the Utah desert
at a speed mark of over 300 mph for Sir Malcolm Campbell.
He brought over some of the greatest competitors.
You would think he'd want to keep them away,
but he brought them from England
and they immediately beat Ab's record.
Ab came back and beat their record.
They came back and beat Ab's record, and it went back and forth.
[Jenkins] "I couldn't catch England's speed kings on the short stuff,
like the straight line mile, where you're behind the wheel for just a few minutes.
That was a different kind of racing in a different kind of car.
But Cobb had knocked the daylights out of all my records up to the one hour..."
[British Announcer] So, it's well done, Cobb.
"And a short while later, he bested my endurance mark for 24."
But he's staying on to try some more.
"Easton would soon do the same."
...A new 24 record only to see it beaten a few days later by American Ab Jenkins.
"We had to find more horses."
They need more mph, more speed at top end, and they
bring in Augie Duesenberg,
and he is hired to make the Duesenberg Special,
a road worthy machine beyond all machines.
[Announcer] 42 cars start the 500 mile Indianapolis Speedway Classic,
with the world's fastest drivers at the wheel.
[White] Well, the Duesenberg brothers designed racing cars early in the 20th century.
They ran at Indianapolis very successfully.
They were the premier builders of racing cars.
[Hugh] Of course in '24, '25 and '27,
a Duesenberg wins Indianapolis.
[White] And that promoted the Duesenberg passenger car.
It became the most magnificent American highway car ever built.
The Duesenberg came along, especially the Model J.
Twin overhead cam, four valves per cylinder.
They were big, they were fast,
and they were the envy of the European cars.
Hello, this is Ames.
Ab's calling from Salt Lake.
Hello, hello, Ab.
[Jenkins] "Pierce-Arrow had gone belly up in the depression,
but the Auburn company stepped in and agreed to sponsor
a new Salt Flats car for me, built by my good friend Augie Duesenberg."
Has Augie Duesenberg checked the car?
"Augie and I were an unlikely team;
a German Jew and a Utah Mormon,
but he'd gone from a bicycle shop in Iowa to building the Model J.
So we both had dreams
that were beyond our stations,
and right now, that meant building a car that we thought would be the fastest out there,
the Duesie Special."
[Announcer] So, Ab gets under way from a standing start,
and with amazing acceleration, gets up to speed.
[White] This was the world's best hot rod at the time,
done by motorheads in Indianapolis,
which both Augie and Ab were.
This was not built by a large number of engineers in white coats
These were a couple of world class hot-rodders.
[Hugh] This was a whole new frontier.
Now, this is something Augie has done all along, created and developed frontiers,
and this is just one more frontier, for not only Ab, but Augie.
[White] Ab and Augie Duesenberg became close friends.
Augie came to the salt flats
several time to see if he could hop it up a little more.
Oh, yes, Augie and Ab were closest motoring buddies in the '30s.
And there was always seemed to be a little teasing element of what was going on,
but Ab always referred to him as The Gentile,
and Augie always referred to him as the Salt Bishop.
That's how they started every single letter.
Well, Ab, that was a pretty fast lap all right,
but do you think it's fast enough to bring those records
back into the good old Stars and Stripes?
Yes, I'm not worrying about it, Horace.
Well, you must remember that you're using
an automobile motor and they used an airplane motor.
Yes, I understand they have just about
double my cubic inch displacement,
but still, I'm not worrying
We're going to get the records back.
Well, I like that spirit and I think you will bring them back. You've never failed yet, fella.
Good luck, Ab.
Thank you, Augie.
We ran into a problem at that time.
The Englishmen were coming over after Dad's records,
which they did break, and they were using these big
aircraft engines; one was the Napier, which was a 12 cylinder W,
and it turned at a very slow RPM,
which meant that it could run all day and you never had a problem.
I always remember watching the Humphrey Bogart movie
from the '30s, when he gets a new Ford.
He goes, "Look at that aircraft dash, strictly aircraft, strictly aircraft."
Because flight, speed, that was the fastest thing around.
And don't forget, airplane engines were really just a larger,
more sophisticated, better built version of an automobile engine.
Bigger, faster, but basically similar.
Nowadays, of course, there's no correlation between automobile engines and airplane engines.
But back then, put an airplane engine in a car, you're flying.
[White] He made a deal with Clyde Pangborn, a stunt pilot,
whose nickname was "Upside down Pangborn",
to buy two military Curtiss Conqueror V-12 engines,
which were much larger,
more powerful than his Duesenberg road engine.
[Hugh] He was using a Curtiss P-6, which was a pursuit plane,
which would be now called a fighter plane, which was a biplane.
When you consider the time period the engine was designed and built,
it's an extremely high performance engine.
It's the leading edge of the '20s.
[Price] He took them and brought them to the Lycoming plant in Pennsylvania.
The Lycoming people retrofit
the engine so it fit into an automobile.
[Marv] And stuffed one of them into the Duesenberg chassis.
After the Conqueror engine was put into the Duesenberg Special,
my old newspaper, the Desert News, ran a contest to name
the car, and Mormon Meteor
was chosen as the winning name.
[Price] But there were three actual winners that named
the car the Mormon Meteor,
but the prize being $25 had to be split by three people.
So, it's a little over $8 a person that they won,
but Ab won in the long run.
He got a name that stuck forever.
[Announcer] And there's the signal to go.
From a standing start, Ab Jenkins is off on another record-smashing race with time.
[White] It was still based somewhat on the Duesenberg road car,
but it was much longer and heavier.
[Hugh] They ran that car out here and had some handling problems
and weight distribution problems.
Too much engine for the car.
The front wheels would drift to the outside and Ab had a hard time controlling it.
It wasn't a good race car. It was too nose heavy.
As we say in rally road racing, it developed a huge push.
[Announcer] The course is getting soft, but Ab is determined
that nothing will cause him to slacken his record breaking speed.
He's pushing his big car on faster and faster.
But here's another dangerous soft spot, an easy place for a disastrous skid.
Ab hits it at full speed. He's skidding!
[Jenkins] "At the 675 mile marker I go into a wing-ding,
a slow, 1,000 foot spin on a tangent from the course.
At least, it seems slow.
It seems like a slow movie of the skid,
although I must have been going 80 mph when I finally got her straightened out."
"I feel a numbing pain in my arm.
It grows until my side is dead and wooden."
"Piece of steel from the rear wheel has lashed out at me,
laying it open in a 2 inch gash.
Three hours later, when I climb back into the meteor,
the boys in the pits aren't holding up any record breaking messages."
That's when they changed and decided they've got to build a pure record car.
They can't modify a production car any more.
Which led to abandoning that chassis
and going to the one behind me, the Meteor Three.
[Man] Mainly, I think the car was built in Indianapolis
because of his connection to Indianapolis -- Augie's connection.
Not only for craftsmanship and workmanship,
but also for parts and supplies.
It's not Duesenberg, because Duesenberg's gone now.
This money at this time is Ab.
I think this is all privately funded by Ab,
and Ab, pretty much, with Augie is in direction
and in charge of what now is going to be designed;
ultimately building the Three in Indianapolis.
Now, this is Augie's forte. Augie is the hands on man.
He lived and breathed Indianapolis.
So, you know, from '26 up,
all he's really doing is hanging around the track at Indianapolis.
That's all Augie does,
is lives, breathes Indianapolis.
[White] Ab Jenkins would have liked to have run at Indianapolis.
He was offered a ride in 1929,
but the owner decided he was too old.
He was 46 years old, I believe.
46-year-old rookie at Indianapolis? That didn't compute.
They gave the ride to a younger man, who didn't do much with it.
He did not drive in competition at Indianapolis,
although I'm positive that he wanted to.
[Announcer] The leader's stamp on the throttle, and with full-throated roar
of joyous power, the race is on!
With the checkered flag flying...
[Jenkins] "The truth is, I was never very comfortable in traffic."
[Announcer] Traveling this treacherous speedway...
"Indy's a young man's game, not just on account of reflexes,
but because of that sense of
invulnerability and disregard for safety
that youth has in such endless supply."
[Announcer] ...has gone out of the race in a grinding clash of broken, twisted steel!
"I was beginning to detect the same signs in Marvin,
an untempered taste for speed.
So, I sent him back to Indianapolis to build the car and live with Augie.
I figured it was nothing a dose of domestic life couldn't cure."
Well, in the building of the car, he'd say that
Augie Duesenberg had to have a chicken dinner every Sunday,
'cause if he didn't get a chicken dinner, then he didn't feel good Monday.
And he would work 20 hours straight,
and there were some other helpers and people there and he'd say,
"Well, let's go home and get a good night's sleep,"
and this would be at 2:00 in the morning,
and he'd say, "I'll see you guys at 6:00."
We went to-- Augie, I say we--
Augie went to a garage there. It was Jimmy Kemp's Garage on Washington St. in Indianapolis.
Now, this was a garage that had a bunch of racing mechanics, actually, that built race cars.
So, Augie took over their whole place and utilized
all of their men so that we could get this thing built.
And in doing so, well, we had to have the engine,
so we went to Mormon Meteor Two, took the Conqueror engine out,
and this was what the car was based around.
The car is offset.
Augie did a-- I don't know where he gets it,
but he did a calculation and he figured that if we would offset
the body 6 inches, it would distribute the weight on all four wheels
when you're in that circle of 10 miles, running at 190 mph.
When the car was built, they couldn't fire it up
on West Washington St. because of the noise,
and so, they brought it out to the Indianapolis Speedway,
on the straightaway, on the bricks,
to just fire it up and drive it around.
It's what they now call the fuel check.
[Man] The Meteor is probably one of the best examples of
mind over matter, ingenuity,
of what a small group of men can do with
limited funds, limited time
and a wonderful success story.
[Marv] We took it out to the salt,
and Dad, he'd be off with the publicity end going,
and I'd stay out there and drive these test drives.
We'd be there maybe three weeks with that running, so during that time,
I got a lot of miles on the Meteor.
They used to say I had more miles on it than Dad did,
but I never got out and measured them.
[Announcer] The year is 1940.
Everything is in readiness for Ab's newest,
greatest record try.
[Jenkins] "By morning it's already getting warm,
and it's going to rise to 116.
The heat has brought the water
to the surface and the track is like ploughed ground...
But I'm not worried.
Marvin has taken to the task.
He supervised all the mechanical work on the Meteor
and done all the test driving.
By now, he knew the car cold, which was lucky for me,
as I found out the hard way last year in a pretty close scrape."
I remember my father telling me
about one of the scariest times that he ever had on the Salt Flats.
Probably one of the only times that Grandpa's life
was totally threatened was when there was a fire
that erupted in the cockpit as he was pulling out of a pit stop.
He came in a little ahead of time.
Boy, they filled it up, you know, and he tried to tell them.
He goes out and hadn't even gone a lap when they come right back in.
And, meantime, it had busted some of the line.
I don't know if it was the salt or when he plugged in the outside plug
that created whatever spark it was that ignited that thing.
There was no handle that would let him get out.
It was from the outside, and it was wedged and they couldn't get him out.
[White] Marvin had to save his father's life
by getting the thing open and getting him out.
[Judy Jenkins] My father ran to the car with a screwdriver
and was able to get the cockpit open to get my grandfather out,
but by this time, he'd been burned quite severely.
So, Dad put him in a car and rushed to Salt Lake with him
and I remember my Dad saying how
agonizing it was for him to see his father in such pain
and to be so far away from help,
to get him help, that it really was hard on him.
[Jenkins] "I'd been lucky, so far, but the fire
was a little reminder that race drivers
rarely get a second chance.
At 57, I wanted to hang up a few records today that would stand up.
The timer looks at his watch, says 'We're ready if you are.'
'All right, I'm ready to go.'"
[Announcer] And before you can say a 10-letter word,
Ab is underway again.
There is now a tremendous national interest
in everything that Ab Jenkins does.
Day and night he roars on.
How does this man do it?
What nerves and stamina he must have.
[Andy Green] I still marvel at the fact that Ab Jenkins
could sit in that car and be as relaxed
as he was.
And it's not a modern saloon car sitting on the freeway.
He was in that noisy, rattley, blaring beast,
with a huge number of exhaust pipes
sitting up there in front of him.
It would have been hell on Earth in there,
by most people's definition.
I mean, can you imagine? 3:00 in the morning,
or 4:00 in the morning, and the sun hasn't come up.
And you really should be in bed, and you're running
180mph, or whatever it is,
and you're not racing anybody.
[Alan Wilson] It's a heavy car. It's hot.
Try working your muscles, lifting weights, for 24 hours without putting them down.
That's an immense car and a challenge.
Ab had to have a lot of muscle to control that car.
Oh, my God...
I can't imagine.
[Announcer] Ab Jenkins, out to smash
his own records, and all others as well.
But it was fast,
and he actually set 49 records
with the Mormon Meteor Three.
And, surprisingly, 12 of those have still been kept in place.
That's amazing for this car in that time span.
At one time, from 10 miles to 48 hours, it held every record.
And it was 49 years and about six months,
after many tries,
before the 24-hour record was busted--
It was that long.
[Announcer] The race is over. The grueling hours at an end.
The strained nerves ready for a well deserved rest.
For most part, Ab drove that car alone.
[Man] You know, when he was setting the later records, he was an older man.
He is beyond the age of your average athlete.
He's getting up there in years
to be sitting behind the wheel for most of a 24 hour run.
He's doing it, and he's able to go out there
and create a record that stood for a long time.
[Andy Green] Being able to design a car that was that capable,
to the point where it broke records
and still holds a bunch of them.
There are very, very few vehicles
that can say that.
[White] This was his life, and this is why it was built.
This car was Ab Jenkins.
It's fantastic. It really is.
Oh, look underneath.
Ground effects. I know it's called--
I know it's called an airplane underneath, but ground effects.
Now, when did we start seeing that?
1979 Lotus. Formula One car.
They did this by figuring it out just in there head,
putting it on paper, calculating air flows over it all.
The way they put the tail on it to get stability,
because there were such high speeds.
And they came up with that without the benefit of a modern day wind tunnel.
There was a period in American history,
from about 1900 to about 1940-- and we still have some today,
where there were just intuitive engineers.
They could look at a piece of metal
and go, "That's off a ten thousandth."
And just look at it.
They just intuitively knew how to do things.
This basic car is made by hand, everything in it.
[Announcer] So different from his earlier cars:
longer, more powerful, with many refinements.
Notice the huge fin, fashioned after the latest in aerodynamics.
And Ab is sure it is the fastest
four-wheeled vehicle in the whole wide world.
It looks like you should get in it
and fight crime.
You know, like, there's some criminal doing something somewhere.
You would hop in this, you would race down there,
arrest the criminal, wave to the pretty girl, and then go back home again.
[Hugh] Well, they were highly skilled.
And a lot of skills on that car are almost lost at this point.
[Man] Augie had the ability to weld aluminum and not even have the weld show.
He knew all the tricks.
He was famous for taking oak chips and putting them on top of the two pieces of metal
and using the smoking of the oak to tell him how hot it was,
so that he knew when to gas and where to weld with another piece of aluminum.
You tell people that now in the body department.
They just look at you like they must have been crazy.
But it's beautiful work. It's just beautiful work.
[Price] Marv was at Ab's side
all the time.
You know, he was glued to that car as much as Ab was.
The disadvantage Marv had as a younger person
is that they wouldn't let him
do the speed records because he was underage.
But I think Marv could have held his own
as a young person had they let him, but they wouldn't.
[White] But he was running pretty close to a record time at the age of about 14.
Always wanted to be
a race driver.
I don't think Marvin saw his dad as much as he would like to,
but he was in awe of his father's abilities.
Marvin has said, sort of wistfully to me,
that his father made a career out of
race driving and implied, I think, that he would have liked to have done the same.
[Announcer] Morning, but everybody's not up yet.
Guess at least one member of the pit crew just couldn't keep awake. Wake up, son.
There was nobody that had more interest in it than I had at that time,
and just about anytime he wanted something done,
and he didn't want anybody to know that he was doing it,
he'd call on me and I'd be the guilty one,
but it was a good relationship.
[Announcer] But Ab Jenkins is more than a speed and race driver.
He is an outstanding citizen.
And in 1941, he was honored
when the voters of Salt Lake City elected him their mayor.
And to show their esteem for the beloved Ab,
the people of his home town turned out en masse to pay him tribute.
[Price] This man set more world class records
than any other human being.
And during a stretch of time before World War II, when people
were really not doing that well, and needed idols and so on,
there weren't that many around, and he became an idol.
And he was someone that could be looked up to, and people wanted to be like.
Ab Jenkins, gentlemen.
Ab was the best known Utah
personality there was at the time, and his friends put him up for mayor.
[Announcer] They arrive for the world premier of Brigham Young at Salt Lake City.
This is one of the most extraordinary events in the history of motion pictures.
Governor Henry H. Blood of Utah takes an active part,
and so does Ab Jenkins, auto racer and mayor of Salt Lake City.
[Price] He never spent a dollar
and he won by less than a handful of votes.
But he won. Didn't spend any money.
But his notoriety, his name, was what did it.
[Announcer] Linda Darnell and Tyrone Power ride in Ab Jenkins racing car.
I think the professional politicians were aghast
that this race driver would win an election.
I think he was a burr under the saddle to the establishment.
Did some things that the standard politician
wouldn't have done.
But he liked the idea of being mayor.
Well, during World War II, when you couldn't race --
Tires weren't available.
There was a prohibition
on racing because of the war.
Ab gave the car to the state of Utah and it was put into the capitol.
But he had a proviso that he could take it out and run it if he wanted to,
and he did.
There was a time in this country when
pride, being mayor,
being a good citizen, was really worth a million dollars.
I mean, I think Ab could go anywhere, no charge,
take an apple off the cart.
Here's a free soda, you know, whatever it is.
I mean, it was just a different time.
When you were a hero. When you did things for the public good.
And he was one of those people.
To put your life and soul into a car like this,
and spend whatever money you had, which was a fortune back then
and then to donate it to the state.
You see anybody doing that now? You don't see anybody doing that.
Nobody at Pebble Beach goes,
"You know something, I'd like to give this Alfa Romeo
that won to the city of Monterrey."
Ah, pff! It would never happen.
[Announcer] The most famous racing car of them all arrives at the track.
Ab Jenkins own Mormon Meteor the third.
Ab Jenkins has set every world record,
from 50 miles to 10,000 K and from 1 to 48 hours.
And the race is on.
The 4,800 pound
Mormon Meteor starts to pick up speed...
[Jenkins] "It had been 10 years since I ran the Meteor when I took her out of the capitol.
Her colors were new, an oil sponsor,
but we were both getting up there in years.
[Announcer] All goes well on the initial lap...
"I did manage to set a dozen records and came within a whisker
of 200 mph,
but I probably pushed her too hard, and she ended up
a heap of steam."
[Announcer] And the radio audience hears the story first hand
from the man who, at 68 years of age, has broken many of the world records
in what might be the farewell appearance of the Mormon Meteor.
"I'm not sure if I'd worn out the car
or she'd wore out me."
"I had to admit it wasn't like old times.
Marvin had a family now
and he was doing his own racing."
"When I took the Meteor back to the capitol,
I didn't think it was for the last time."
[Announcer] Ab Jenkins demands the very safest tires
that modern science has been able to produce...
After my grandfather had finished his racing,
he did safety consulting for different companies,
because my grandfather was very into safety on the highways.
[Announcer] Here's the driver, Ab Jenkins.
At 73 years of age,
Ab is an astonishing man...
[Price] In 1956, he drove testing the Pontiac Bonneville,
on a 24 hour run, for endurance.
But it was being tested for safety as well.
[Announcer] No let up, no rest.
[White] I think he lived for driving.
I think he would have driven for nothing,
if somebody provided a car.
Ab would have raced
lawn mowers if they'd had them in his day.
[Announcer] This is it. The moment of achievement.
This day, on the salt desert of Bonneville,
Ab Jenkins hangs up a new
world record, and look at veteran Ab Jenkins.
He's completely relaxed, not a sign of fatigue.
He's gone farther and faster than man has ever before
driven a stock car in 24 hours.
At 73, Ab Jenkins, you're still a great champion.
He made some comment to who was with him in the car that he'd driven a tractor.
There was an ad for a tractor,
and he said, "Oh, I drove one of those on the Salt Flats."
That was about the last thing he said.
Apparently, he slumped over at that point and passed away from
a heart problem.
[White] The car went back into the state capitol,
as Ab had promised during the war,
and it was a revered object in Utah, but not
revered enough by the caretakers at the capitol.
[Judy Jenkins] It was very hurtful for my father to see this car
in the condition that they had let it get into.
There were papers just stuffed down all the 12 pipes.
The Duesenberg clock had been stolen out of it.
It was just a mess when he first went to get it.
[Marv Jenkins] Dad put the car in the state capitol in 1943, and he wrote a contract
that said the state could keep the car as long as it was displayed
under certain conditions.
Well, it stayed that way all while he was alive,
and of course, he died in '56, and there was no problem with it.
But, after that, the change of regime.
Gradually, it was standing out with ropes around it, kids climbing on it.
And one time, they even took it out to a parade and left it out in the rain.
Water got down into the gear case, ate up the magnesium on it.
Got into the transmission, rusted up the cylinders.
When Marv came up, it was just very disappointing to him
to see it out there, and at that point, he wanted the car back.
It took me pretty near 10 years to convince them about it.
And the rather sheepish people at the state provided some money
for restoration, if Marvin did most of the work.
I just kept finding more problems
and more problems till when I ended up,
I had just a pair of frame rails sitting there.
Then started from every nut and bolt and rebuilt every piece of it.
I would call him damned determined
that he was going to put this thing together again,
because it had been left in such a state.
And I think it was something that he felt he had to do
before he left this Earth -- Damned determined.
And this will go right up...
So, I put it back in the capitol in '93
under a new agreement...
and they didn't live up to the agreement.
And he said, "If that was your father's car, what would you do?"
And I said, "I'd back my trailer up to the door of the capitol
and I'd go get it."
"Well, I don't think they're gonna let me do that."
I said, "Who's gonna stop you?"
One state employee,
just a clerk, wasn't an official.
Just some clerk walked by and said,
"What's going on with the Mormon Meteor?"
And Marv said, "We're just taking it out for some restoration."
This guys says,
"Oh, great. That's wonderful."
And that was in '96, May 29 of '96.
I took the car back out of the capitol and it hasn't been back in there since.
I keep thinking that Marv figured he was saving,
not only a Utah treasure, but a national treasure.
Hey, guys, you trying to catch me working or what?
We're trying to do something.
Glad somebody's working.
[Price] I think Marv knew that car better mechanically than anyone.
By 20, he was the mechanic and test driver in 1940.
So, he's lived with this car his entire life.
that is part of him.
He became the appendage to it.
There isn't much of anything that was
done on that car that he didn't do.
He did an amazing job
with what he had to work with,
but when the engine part had massive failures in it,
it was just simply out of his hands and he was
looking for somebody that could step in and take it over.
[Price] I think it was about 2006 or 7
that I was talking with several people who said, you know,
"Maybe Marv would want to sell the Meteor."
And it piqued my interest.
And he'd make a conscious decision that we wanted to keep it in America,
and preferably in Utah.
So, there was no question about that.
It's important for us to perpetuate
the cars that created history.
Roger was absolutely meticulous,
Like a surgeon
removing a pebble from a lung.
Had to be very careful how you do that, so the patient doesn't die.
We've got to build a big deck plate.
For two months or more, Roger didn't do anything.
All he did was study the engine.
Look for blue prints if he could find them.
Look for all sorts of data, of what to do before he went to attack this job.
[Roger] Maybe we can start a new TV series. Pimp My Race Car.
I read a thing where they said, working on these motors
can literally make your hair fall out -- Is that true?
It did, yeah. I had a full, big mullet.
It was great, yeah.
And here's a box of, oh, just a couple of the leftovers...
As we went along.
Okay, here, starting out here somewhere...
[Roger] Marv was very, very good about remembering how this whole thing came apart.
He'd been in it before, and he marked everything real well,
and he documented it in pictures,
because I think he had most of it right up here still.
9, 10... one.
That's not right.
It's been a year.
Been so long that my wife doesn't even know we're married any more.
We had to be right on the money on the angles
as they were sitting back on the engine block
on both sides in order for this intake manifold to fit.
There you go.
The thing is, you gotta be real gentle when you beat on it.
Can you go up any more?
No. It's in.
Did you ever think you'd see this?
I didn't think so.
I had concerns.
He's just hoping we can get it put back together
before the price of gas goes up any more.
It ain't the gas. I can't get any older. That's the problem.
Yeah, you can.
This is a beautiful, beautiful car.
Oh, one lap, a little over 208, for one lap out there.
And what did God have to say to you while that was taking place?
I was too nervous to talk to him.
[Marv] What a group.
They've done a lot of work on this car that,
unless you're a machinist or something, you wouldn't have any
real idea of what they have accomplished with it.
And every time you open one to fix it, you find
two other ones, and they just kept building it up,
and it's a tremendous job that they've done here.
I want to thank them all.
Marv was fading fast. I believe it was a Saturday night...
Okay, we got pressure.
Charlie got in the car, and we were finally ready to start this thing.
The key is on.
Make us proud.
Flags are on.
Bingo. Off it went.
What a symphony
we had there.
To hear 12 cylinders barking at us again.
How about that noise, huh?
Did we do good, Roger, or did we do good?
How does that feel, Marv?
How about that? That's the main thing right there.
[Roger] Marv was standing at the back corner of the car
and he says, "I've already taken my last ride in this car."
We're talking about the Salt Flats.
What do you mean, last?
We'll see how it goes. By that time, maybe I'll see where I'm at.
We're gonna get you out there on the Salt Flats.
[Roger] Marv knew he wasn't getting back in this car.
I think he accomplished what he wanted to.
He knew it was time that the car went a different way.
He was just an incredible guy.
[Price] Marv was gonna come with us.
Everything was set up to go,
and then Marv passed away Monday or Tuesday of that prior week.
We had scheduled to go out there. Everything was set.
And I called the family with my condolences,
and I said, I think it would be appropriate for me to make the run that I was going to,
even though I wanted Marv to be there.
And I will do it in his honor.
You have to remember, this car was built
by man, not by robot.
Not by some computer.
A man, or two men, actually, hand built this car.
Put it together piece by piece.
That is something you don't have any more.
Roger convinced me the engine will do it.
And I was convinced, ultimately, the engine would do it.
Well, they clocked us at 121.
The one mile was 120.661.
Yeah, Marv's smiling today.
[Price] Roger was very happy.
I can't believe that.
And I could feel what Ab felt.
When I drove the car, and I came back,
and I opened up the cockpit, and Charlie was standing there,
and Charlie said, "Great job," and I said--
Well, something like that. I said, "You know, Ab was with me."
I told them I felt that Ab was with me and he believed it.
[Andy Green] Every time you set a new record,
you are pushing back the boundaries of human endeavor.
and it is in our nature as a species
to go to the next ridge to see what's beyond that.
To go to the next hilltop. To find out what's up there.
If we ever stop that, I think the world will be
a slightly poorer place, and human evolution will slow down a little bit.
Life will be just a little bit less interesting.
So, I've flown out, pretty much,
from London for one day, to be here at Bonneville, specifically to have
a chance to drive this car, to understand, to feel,
and to be part of what Ab and Marv did in driving
in the Mormon Meteor out here at Bonneville.
Now here's a man that set the record in 1997,
at 763 mph,
getting a thrill out of a car
that he was only doing 80, 90, maybe 100, going around.
[Andy Green] This is the one time in my life I might get a chance to do this.
It's one of the most special high speed, land speed record cars.
It's one of the most special Bonneville cars.
I have to try and find a way to make it work.
Marvin having just passed away,
he and Ab are looking down on us and watching us,
probably drive their car nowhere near as well as they did,
but I really get a sense of them, what they did, and the remarkable
nature of this car and their achievements.
[Charlie Jenkins] Dad was very proud of what the car accomplished.
He was very proud of his father. He's proud of his family.
You know, that's Dad's legacy, and he was all about family.
And, to me, that's what this car represents.
Dad's efforts in restoring it
were more about preserving his family's legacy
than it was anything else.
And that's why he was so fiercely tenacious about getting
the history right, getting the car right,
and, you know, doing what he could to do that.
This is Dad.
[Price] I think it's important to perpetuate racing history.
Cars that people won't see, other than maybe in pictures.
This car shows
what endurance can do,
that people can achieve this, even today.
That young people, if they work hard, can actually go out there
and do the same thing, in a different way, but they can do the same thing --
And so, I did this more for the preservation
of that era and what it represented to this country.
If you do it for the right reasons,
I think those things carry forward.
I think other people pick up on it.
They gather the wings, you know?
Like they say, on the wings of angels.
[Jenkins] "There isn't any feeling the speed.
We're standing still with a ribbon of salt rushing under us.
The sun comes up, the ribbon of salt under me is pulled backward
under my wheels by an unseen hand.
For a brief moment, I am under its spell.
And the things that rush by so fast seem to go on forever.
we'll keep the memory alive of the Mormon Meteor,
as I promised Marv.
And so, here's to you and the Mormon Meteor.
♪ I have always been a wanderer ♪
♪ Over land and sea ♪
♪ Yet, the moonbeams on the water ♪
♪ Cast a spell on me ♪...
[Desire Wilson] Having driven 'round in Indianapolis,
if you've been there in a fairly modern car,
and gone 'round there pretty quickly --
I don't care what anybody says.
To then drive the Meteor at Indianapolis,
although you won't be racing it,
just from the driver's point of view must be just like, wow!
♪ The gleaming candle light ♪
♪ Still shining bright ♪
♪ Through the sycamores ♪
♪ For me ♪
♪ The new mown hay ♪
♪ Sends all its fragrance ♪
♪ From the fields ♪
♪ I used to roam ♪
♪ But when I dream about the moonlight ♪
♪ on the Wabash ♪
♪ Then I long ♪
♪ For my Indiana home ♪
♪ Back home again ♪
♪ Back home again ♪
♪ In Indiana ♪
♪ In Indiana ♪
♪ From the fields ♪
♪ I used to roam ♪
♪ But when I dream about the moonlight ♪
♪ On the Wabash ♪
♪ I long for ♪
♪ And I'm strong for ♪
♪ Yes, I long ♪
♪ For my Indiana home ♪