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Ab Jenkins and the Mormon Meteor
Rural America
shiningriver wrote in classicautofurs
Born in 1883 in Utah, Ab Jenkins later became the mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, and became famous as the driver of the "Mormon Meteor" land speed record car in 1935.  The Meteor was built on a Duesenberg chassis and attained 135 miles per hour (217 km/h) on the Bonneville Salt Flats racecourse in western Utah.

Now there has been a documetary movie produced about Jenkins and his racing career with the Meteor.  The story was featured this week on the local NBC station KSL. 

SALT LAKE CITY  — More than 70 years after Ab Jenkins set a 24-hour speed record on the shimmering white Bonneville Salt Flats, the endurance of his Mormon Meteor III has been captured on film in "Boys of Bonneville — Racing on a Ribbon of Salt."

The Larry H. Miller theatrical release will have a private screening Wednesday at the Rose Wagner Theater, preceded by celebratory festivities featuring the car, the Jenkins family and an appearance by elected officials that begins at 6 p.m.

I remember seeing this car in the Utah State Capitol building many years ago.  It had not been restored at the time and looked rather worn. Apparently there were several versions of the Meteor over the years because the one shown in the Wikipedia page is somewhat different from the one shown in the KSL story. 


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