"In 1906 the fastest automobile of any kind was a Stanley Steamer, which
driver Fred Marriott took to the then-astonishing velocity of 127.659 mph. "
"Out on the course, FIA[Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile]-authorized
chief timing official James Rice rolls up the sensor wires and stows his
gear in the trailer. In his 14 years as a land speed record timer, he’s
recorded tens of thousands of runs... Of these world records... 'This,' he
says, 'was the slowest one I’ve ever done.' ”