America's Iconic Land Speed Record Holder
In 2006 John Baechtel, Mike Cook and a dedicated team of volunteers restored the Summers Brothers Goldenrod to its former glory and a secure position in the Motorsports display at The Henry Ford (museum) in Dearborn, Michigan.
The Goldenrod set the first 400 MPH+ international speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats and held that distinction for 45 years. During the restoration process, hundreds of detailed photographs were take to document every detail of the car's construction and the steps and methods used to preserve it for posterity.
John Baechtel has nearly completed a full color, photo rich book on the restoration and the detailed history of the car. It includes full coverage of the restoration effort, rare family photos, plans and blueprints, the complete aerodynamic development report, a special section on the Chrysler Race Hemi engines and a detailed timeline of the successful record attempt.