Gary Gabelich

Land Speed And Drag Boat Driver Gary Gabelich To Be Inducted Into MSHFA June 29

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (June 1, 2016) – Gary Gabelich, one of the fastest men on earth in his day, will be inducted posthumously into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.

Gabelich chased speed records on both land and water during a brief but mercurial competitive career. This former Apollo test astronaut never went into space – he tested equipment in weightless conditions and performance under extreme lateral forces – but he rode rockets on land and sea.

In 1969, he established a quarter-mile drag boat record of 200.44 mph. A year later, driving the “Blue Flame” he set FIA land speed records of 622.407 mph over a flying mile and 630.388 mph over a flying kilometer at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

His competitive career ended after a 1972 accident in an experimental Funny Car. He died in 1984 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

“As a record-setter on land and water, Gary personified the variety of motorized competition celebrated by the hall of fame,” said Ron Watson, president of the MSHFA. “The quest to be the fastest human on earth has been a keystone of American motorsports since the first engine was installed in a vehicle. Gary succeeded in that pursuit of ultimate speed in two different arenas – an unbelievable achievement.”

Gabelich joins Chip Ganassi, Bob Sweikert, Everett Brashear, Richard Childress, Dave McClelland and Sam Posey in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016.

Tickets for the 2016 Induction Ceremony can be purchased by calling 248.349.7223 or through the MSHFA website at

About the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America:

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) held its first induction ceremony in 1989; the facility was headquartered in Novi, Michigan from 1989-2015 and relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2016. The MSHFA is the only hall of fame that encompasses the full spectrum of American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, off-road, powerboats and airplanes. The overriding mission of the MSHFA is to celebrate and instill the American core values of leadership, creativity, originality, teamwork and spirit of competition embodied in motorsports. The MSHFA is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation Inc.