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2005 Bonneville Record Attempt

John Fitch and the Mercedes 300 SL at Bonneville, UT 2005
John Fitch and the Mercedes 300 SL at Bonneville. Still from the Chris Szwedo film "A Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch"

In 2005, John Fitch, Bob Sirna and the 1955 Mercedes Gullwing returned the expanse of the Bonneville Salt Flats for another try at the record they first attempted two years previously. The car had undergone many changes and tweaks for this year's record run and Fitch was as eager as ever. One new feature of the 2005 trip was the presence of documentary filmmaker Chris Szwedo.

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While the 2005 attempt ultimately fell short of surpassing the 170 MPH mark, a priceless film record of those days on the salt, "A Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch" now exists of an extraordinary man and his times. This documentary covers the entire 2005 attempt as well delving into the rich life of John Fitch the Racer, Inventor and Man. The film is being broadcast throughout the United States by the Public Broadcasting System throughout 2006. Check your local listing for date and time. The film is also available on DVD: Buy it Here.

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