Two twenty-four hour runs by Ab Jenkins, the legendary Salt Lake City, Utah record setter are the subject of this 1935 film covering the event at the Bonneville Salt Flats. It is a promotional piece that was produced for E.L. Cord’s Auburn-Cord-Dusenberg Company to generate needed publicity for his automotive empire. Duesenberg president Harold Ames, and Roy Faulkner, head of the Auburn Automobile Company were in charge of the effort.
L to R: Augie Duesenberg, Ab Jenkins, Harvey Firestone, unknown, photo courtesy of Racemaker Press
The action starts at the five-minute mark covering Jenkins’ run in a stock supercharged Auburn 851 Boattail Speedster that he used to raise the mark in seventy AAA speed records for stock cars in the 24-hour run. The last ten minutes of the video cover the first run on the salt of the Duesenberg Special, with which he would set a one-hour record of 153.97 mph; the challenging twenty-four hour run was completed at an average speed of 135.47 mph.
Jenkins in an Auburn Boattail Speedster, Charlie Beesly photo
Later in 1935 Jenkins bought the Special from the Duesenberg Company and rebuilt and re-powered the machine with a 750 hp Curtiss Conqueror V-12. He returned to Bonneville with the now re-named Mormon Meteor for another run there in 1936, that story can be found here at HMN. Earlier coverage showing some of Ab Jenkins other record runs can be found here along with one at Indy in a Cord here.