This captivating photograph of Bob Burman and the Blitzen Benz always makes me stop and pause for a moment, I still contend that it’s one of the best photographs I’ve ever seen.

It was taken in 1911 about a month after he set the new world record in the car (141.94 mph). This was roughly twice the speed of the aircraft of the era and the record remained unbroken for almost 10 years.

Blitzen Benz in German means “Lightning Benz” which I think you’ll agree, is one of the greatest car names in human history.

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