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Farther-Faster-Safer – Ab Jenkins 1934 Bonneville Record Run


Farther Faster Safer is a promotional film that was produced for Pennzoil Motor Oil in 1935, and close to half of it shows rare footage covering Ab Jenkins 24-hour run on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. On August 17, 1934, Jenkins and his Pierce-Arrow finished the grueling run and set a new world’s 24-hour record.

Jenkins’ car used a standard Pierce-Arrow chassis on which was built a handcrafted aluminum racing body. According to the Automobile Trade Journal, the Pierce-Arrow V-12 engine used higher compression heads and special intake manifold for six individual carburetors. With this package, he set the world’s 24-hour record at 127.208 m.p.h. and covered 3053 miles. Most of his laps in the run were at least 25 m.p.h. faster than the track record at Indianapolis.



  •                                                     “Automobile Trade Journal”, August 28, 1934.                                           

The video below Farther Faster Safer covers the entire 24-hour run after Ab first sets an entertaining “New World’s Record” for his sponsor Pennzoil at a speed of 65 m.p.h with a farm tractor. After the Salt Flats run, the coverage moves to Los Angeles for a Union Pacific Streamlined Train powered by a Winton twelve-cylinder diesel that sets out to New York City on a 56-hour record run.

Finally you can view an interesting run of a Boeing Monoplane with Pratt and Witney Wasp engines from San Francisco to New York City – Followed by the test of a Sikorsky 32-passenger amphibious Airliner with four-Pratt and Witney engines producing 3000 h.p. All of it shows great footage of fast and powerful machinery of the period.



3 responses to “Farther-Faster-Safer – Ab Jenkins 1934 Bonneville Record Run

  1. For those also interested in aviation, the Boeing airliners are model 247s . The Sikorsky flying boat looks like an S42. The Douglas shown later is a DC2, not a DC3.

  2. This is wonderful, and readily appreciated by anyone who has a feel for these machines, ground and air, as well as the tenor of the times. Thank you for sharing this.

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