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06/12/1976 Kitty O'Neil sets a record for land speed by a female driver


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In 1976 in southeastern Oregon's Alvord Desert, O'Neil set the land-speed record for female drivers. She piloted a hydrogen peroxide powered three-wheeled rocket car built by Bill Fredrick called the “SMI Motivator”. It reached an average speed of 512.710 mph, with a peak speed of 621 miles per hour.
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    • Land speed record 

    • Attempt prevented by sponsors 

    • Later years and death