Rocket drag racer Kurt Anderson walked away from a violent crash at over 240 mph while attempting a new world record on ice at the Manawa Snodeo at Bear Lake outside Manawa, Wisconsin on Sunday.
Anderson was driving the hydrogen peroxide-fueled Arctic Arrow dragster, a project several years in the making, attempting to surpass the mark of 247 mph on ice — a record that has stood for nearly 40 years — when his machine spun around, struck a snow embankment, and crashed. Amazingly, the Arctic Arrow’s chassis sustained only minor damage — the same could not be said for the one-off, custom skis developed for the car which were torn away in the impact with the embankment. However, Anderson and his partners, which include veteran rocket drag racer Ky Michaelson, have already vowed to return — Anderson stating to Wisconsin news outlets after the accident, “I’m not done.”
Said Anderson, “Any time you go after something like this there’s risks. We built this thing to withstand that kind of crash, and so I’m protected. I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow, but there’s no broken bones. I feel fine, and I’ll race again another day.”
The late Sammy Miller set the ice record at 247.93 mph on Feb. 15, 1981 at Lake George in New York.
The video, again so glad Kurt is ok. 247.03mph as he went into the spin. Waiting for Buddys go pro download to see speed he may have recorded.
Posted by Scott Case on Sunday, February 16, 2020
As many of you may know, I spent most of this last week up until today filming Kurt Anderson and the Arctic Arrow’s journey to break the world speed record on a snowmobile. Sadly, at this time the Arctic Arrow was unable to surpass the current record of 247mph. Although Kurt has yet to conquer this goal, he and his crew did something truly inspiring. Anyone who passionately dreams, dares to pursue, and fully commits themselves, can and will turn their ideas into reality. I was privileged to witness the Arctic Arrow’s team, just ordinary people, do something extraordinary. Kurt Anderson and the team, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have not the slightest doubt that you guys will break the record in the future. This is a short video I quickly put together to share Kurt’s last run today. TO BE CONTINUED…..
Posted by Justin Wavruk on Sunday, February 16, 2020