It was driven by Gary Gabelich and achieved the world land speed record on Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on October 23, 1970 of 622.407 miles per hour (1,001.667 km/h) for the flying mile, 630.389 miles per hour (1,014.513 km/h) for the flying kilometre.
The Blue Flame was constructed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Reaction Dynamics, a company formed by Pete Farnsworth, Ray Dausman and Dick Keller who had developed the first hydrogen peroxide rocket dragster, called the X-1 and driven by Chuck Suba. Blue Flame used a combination of high-test peroxide and liquified natural gas (LNG), pressurized by helium gas. The effort was sponsored by The American Gas Association, with technical assistance from the Institute of Gas Technology of Des Plaines, IL.
Aussie invader 5R has been described as The Blue Flame on steroids, and we hope to soon emulate the achievements of that beautiful looking car and break the land speed record for Australia.
Only recently has copyright permission been given by the American Gas Association to distribute the film story of Blue Flame’s quest, called “Break The Record”. We hope you enjoy this slice of land speed record racing history.