Replicarz Art Arfons’ Green Monster Land Speed Racer
1:18 | $250
Art Arfons is a legend in the world of land speed racing. In the 1960s, Arfons battled with Craig Breedlove for the record for the fastest human on wheels on the billboard-smooth expanse of the Bonneville Salt Flats. To hit the speeds necessary to be competitive, he needed cutting-edge power: the General Electric J79 turbojet out of a F-104 Starfighter, complete with its four-stage afterburner—capable of more than 16,000 pounds of thrust. The vehicle he built to house it was nicknamed “The Green Monster.” It was essentially a jet engine with wheels and a pod on the side for holding Arfons himself during his series of land speed record attempts. He would set and reset the record three times during those two years, ultimately reaching an average speed over the flying mile of 576mph. Replicarz has re-created the famed Green Monster in exact detail in 1:18 as part of its exclusive Land Speed Cars. Construction is resin with high-definition molding and precision graphics for the paint scheme as well as sponsorship decals from Firestone, STP, Champion, and Alcoa. The airfoil on top and the huge turbine inlet make this thing look almost too fantastic to be real, but real it was—and so are its speed records.