work underway on repairing and modifying the Attempt I Mickey decided
to get the Pontiac sedan going on the National Standing Kilo and Mile
stock car records. See Pontiac
Catalina for information on his attempt at USAC Class B record.
hours of frantic effort by the record-seeking crew, the little
"Attempt I" record car was wheeled to the start of the
measured kilo for the attempt at the 23-year-old record. With a burst
of power the streamliner went through the kilometer to easily break
the "down leg" of the record. Only the return run remained
to be made within the hour.
was where M/T had failed before. After a quick pit stop at the far
end, the car was ready for its all-out return.
Suspense? You Bet! And for good reason, for within 500 feet of the
end of the kilo mark the rear wheels locked up, the car veered
violently and the chute was popped in the final 200 feet. But break
the record he did, chute and all, with a two-way average for the
Standing Kilo of 112.088 mph breaking the old International record mark.