About Mark Breazau

I was born in 1958 in Medford Massachusetts. My childhood included the chores of a youth growing up in a typical New England Town. Mowing lawns, raking leaves, shoveling snow, and paper routs. My first car was a 1971 Boss 351 Mustang. California or Bust! In 1978 I moved to Southern California to work for my Father’s contracting company. Soon I began working on buggies and helping out with a couple local off road race teams, they raced the SCORE–HDRA. On July 4th 1984 my video fuse was lit! With a borrowed video camera I went to Barstow CA to video tape the HDRA Firecracker “250” I was hooked. I ended up covering the SCORE-HDRA series for over 5 years, I have covered the SCORE-HDRA, SNORE, FRT, LaRana, MORE and MDRA off-road race series. Bonneville or Bust! In August 1989 a friend Kurt Porter and I went to the Bonneville Salt Flats to check out Land Speed Racing. I have covered Land Speed Racing since 1989, some of the highlights include 5 trips to Muroc Dry Lake home of the pre WW2 Land Speed Racing Events. Currently Muroc Dry Lake is part of Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert not far from El Mirage Dry Lake. Muroc Dry Lake is used as an alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle. The onset of WW2 put an end to racing at Muroc for about 50 years. In 1995 the SCTA pulled a rabbit out of the hat and after a lot of hard work and negotiations arranged the 1st of 5 Muroc reunions. I had the opportunity to meet and interview Wally Parks there at the 1995 Meet. He had restored and was running a 1957 Plymouth that he raced back in the day. I got to attend all 5 of the Muroc events from 1995 through 2000 unfortunately the onset of war once again closed Muroc Dry Lake to the Land Speed Racers in 2001 due to 9/11 and the onset of the Gulf War. A special highlight I recall was working with Bob Higbee’s films. Higbee’s films are Land Speed Racing History. The films containing footage from Burt Monroe and his Streamlined Indian Motorcycle to Jessie James Hydrogen Powered Streamliner when it ran back in the “Good Old Days” as the Dee Milodon Engineering – Davis B Streamliner. I was fortunate enough to be given access to Bob Higbee’s old 8mm color film from the 60s-70s I transfered the footage to digital format and edited the footage into a two disc set known as the “Good Old Days”. The footage is from Bonneville, El Mirage and Soda Dry lake. There is also early drag racing and other footage.
A sideline Highlight that stemmed from Land Speed Racing was covering Sand Drags. Thanks in part to Lester Leggitt a well known Land Speed Racer / Car Builder. One of Lester’s cars was the Shyster Lakester, driven by Pete Prentice. The Shyster is the fastest wheel driven car on the dirt. I was fortunate to videotape Pete’s 312 mph record run at El Mirage Dry Lake. Anyway Lester got me interested in Sand Drags. He was building a new Sand Drag Car and invited me to the race track to check it out. His car was basically a AA Dragster with paddle tires. As if that car was not wild enough I have seen duel wheel sand dragsters with 4 paddle tires on the rear. Can you say “Rooster Tail? I checked out Lester’s Sand Drag Car and ended up working for the race promoter “The Other Guys Motorsports” for a couple years covering events from Laughlin to San Jacinto. I had a lot of fun doing it.
My goals in covering Land speed Racing Events is to document these events for future and current racing enthusiasts. Especially for those who will never get to see these events in person. Farmer Dave a Senior Citizen from South Dakota watches my Speedweek DVDs. He has dreamed of going to Bonneville since he was a kid. He has no internet so he orders my DVDs by phone. Farmer Dave and others like him enjoying the Bonneville Salt Flats through my eyes represent part of the satisfaction I get from covering Land Speed Racing Events. On an individual event basis my goal is to get as much start line footage, high speed footage, interviews, track camera footage and behind the scenes footage as I can. Once back at my studio the fun is over and the work begins. The footage must then be dumped into a computer, edited, finalized, burned, copied, labeled, packaged and posted on my web-site. My focus over the years has also been to include interviews with participants. As the years go by we are losing our Land Speed Racing Pioneers. I enjoy meeting the Living Legends of our Land Speed Community. Their interviews will be available for others to enjoy in the future.
Throughout my 20 years of covering Land Speed Racing, accident investigation and documentation has become a useful by product of my work. I can not count how many accidents I have witnessed at El Mirage, Bonneville and Muroc. I can just stand at the high speed end of a race course and accidents will literally come to me. I often respond to the spins and crashes. With gloves on and fire extinguisher in hand I assist with the incident and cleanup. If and when it is appropriate I will interview involved parties and document the scene. Land Speed Racing is a dangerous sport. Spinning and crashing vehicles pose a danger to photographers and others standing near a Land Speed Race Course. One such incident occurred at El Mirage Dry Lake during an SCTA Meet in the late 90s I was shooting at the high speed end positioned between the timing stand and the center of the race course. My friend Bob Web took a break from his duties in the timing stand and walked out to talk to me. We looked down course and saw David Park’s car begin its run. I hoisted my camera and as the red Camaro came into focus in my cameras viewfinder I noticed something was wrong. The Camaro got loose and went into a series of high speed spins. Now I have video taped a lot of cars spinning and crashing. I know not to get excited and blow the shot. But this was different. The red Camaro was spinning straight towards us at high speed and getting closer fast. I heard someone scream and noticed Bob starting to run. I put the Camera on the ground instinctively aiming it in the direction of the oncoming car and started running behind Bob. We did not get 20 feet when the spinning red car changed direction. We should have stayed still. I remember running then stopping and reaching out to grab Bob through the dust to pull him back away from the spinning car. The car missed Bob by inches. Other than almost having heart attacks we were both fine. Bob Web is currently a hall of fame member and still helps out in the timing stand. Bob is also the proud owner of a transplanted heart. 
Thanks to the SCTA/BNI the Gear Grinders and all the racers and crews involved in Land Speed Racing. Without all your help these events would not be possible. Thanks to Poteet / Main and the Speed Demon Crew for their support. Their assistance and encouragement helps me get to Bonneville to cover Land Speed Racing. The Poteet and Main Team gave Steve Fossett his first exposure to Land Speed Racing and did a historic job. The Speed Demon itself is a work of fast art that can set world records while on fire no problem. I agree with Ron Main that the Speed Demon has the potential to be the world’s fastest wheel driven vehicle. Go fast and be safe George Poteet. Special thanks to Mike Cook for his time and trouble through out the years and for the wonderful world caliber FIA/FIM events he produces. Penny Cook and crew get kudos for their help at the SCTA Sales Trailer. Big thanks also to James Rice and Alan Rice for their professional and accurate timing services they provide through their company Chronologic Timing. Extra Special thanks to James Rice for his help with the Track Cameras. The twin track Cameras respectively referred to as James and Alan are placed facing in both directions on the race course at the timing lights. The resulting edited footage is really close up and personal. Thanks to Wess Hutchens, Jim Jensen and Bill Guzenski for their support at the start lines and announcers trailer. Thanks to all who support me by purchasing my DVDs from LandSpeedRacingVideo.com

It was a great honor for me to have been inducted into the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.

Influenced by the 100s of Rat Rods & Hot Rods that show up on the Salt Flats each year, I decided to go “Old School” and found a 1920s Roadster Pickup for sale on Highway 395 close to El Mirage Dry Lake. Dubbed “The Death Bucket” due to it being very unsafe, it was an accident waiting to happen. When completed it had a 327ci Chevy motor set on grenade, a 350 TH Transmission, Pro Stick Shifter, 650 Holly 4 Barrel, Sprint Style Headers, MSD Ignition and enormous rear tires.. The short wheelbase and power to weight ratio made this thing a real handful to drive. I had several close calls and the car had a tendency to go where it wanted without warning. Christmas Eve a few years ago, I was driving the Death Bucket south on Pacific Coast Highway in Capistrano Beach along the base of the bluffs. I took the hair pin 180 degree left hand turn and punched the gas pedal up a steep hill that goes to the top of the bluff. Suddenly the car broke loose and started to a fish tale. I mashed the brake but mashed the gas at the same time. The car redlined and did a 180 degree turn instantly. Now facing the opposite direction the 15x15 rear passenger wheel and tire hit the curb while spinning at 6000 RPM plus. The impact with the curb launched the Bucket of the cliff and into a barrel roll, rolling 3 times in the air through the flowery thorn bushes. I was lucky. The Bucket landed rite side up in the landscaped area next to a dirt parking lot on Pacific Coast Highway, covered with thorn branches and red flowers. Thank God I had installed seat belts in the Death Bucket. I walked away. About the time my buddy Jimmy showed up with his truck and a rope to drag me home the Sheriffs and Highway Patrol showed up, a bunch of them. They had got multiple eyewitness reports of a spectacular accident and had expected the worst. However they found no injuries and no damage to property other than to my vehicle. I was free to go. The Bucket was towed home, eventually repaired and by virtue of better judgment sold. After building, crashing, fixing and selling the Death Bucket, I purchased a running project 31 Ford 5 window Coupe. I felt since the 31 Coupe had a hard top and longer wheelbase it would be safer, harder to roll and I would be allowed to drag race it at local drag strips. After years of breaking and fixing, the coupe is currently a dependable driver sporting a blown 327 Chevy with a 350 trans, 355 rear gear, Full MSD ignition, A.N. fuel line system, Holly carburetor and electric pump. The Chicken Coupe currently drag races at Irwindale Raceway. The car does 7s in the 1/8 mile and is driven to the race track. The Chicken Coupe has been used with pin up models for several magazine shoots by Mike Basso as well as on Hot Rod TV.

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