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Winds thwart land speed racers for 3rd straight day

October 6, 1997

GERLACH, Nev. (AP) _ Winds thwarted the battle over the land speed record between Brit Andy Green and American Craig Breedlove for a third consecutive day Sunday.

Neither team made a run Sunday because of tricky crosswinds on the Black Rock Desert, 125 miles north of Reno. Plans call for the teams to make runs Monday if the weather cooperates.

``The winds weren’t really all that strong today. It could be quite calm on the course, but all of the sudden a 15 mph crosswind would come up,″ said Breedlove spokeswoman Cherie Danson.

``It was just too risky to make a run. It’s frustrating.″

The first run would take place at about 8 a.m. Monday if the weather cooperates, she added.

Green has only made one run since pushing his Thrust SSC on Sept. 25 to a 714.144 mph record, 81 mph faster than the old record set 14 years ago Saturday by his boss, Richard Noble.

The British team’s next goal is to become the first on land to achieve the speed of sound _ 750-765 mph on the Nevada desert.

Breedlove is trying to coax his Spirit of America above 400 mph and toward Green’s record despite a rash of mechanical problems.

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