Ormond Beach – Birthplace of Speed

Stanley Rocket’s 1906 Land Speed Record Under Challenge

Does the name Fred Marriott mean anything to you. Well in 1906, Mr. Marriott set a land speed record right here on the sands of Ormond Beach. He drove a steam driven car, The Stanley Rocket, 127 miles per hour on the beach. That record for a steam driven car still stands today, 103 years later, but is under serious challenge in the Arizona Desert.

Daytona Beach is known as the home of speed, but Ormond Beach is the Birthplace of Speed. The forerunner of today’s NASCAR races were conducted on the flat white sands of Ormond Beach before they moved south to Daytona. Names like Olds and Stanley were regulars on the beach in Ormond.

In the Arizona desert near Edwards Air Force Base, the land steam record is under assault from a British team. The BBC reports that their initial efforts have failed due to technical problems. The British team reports that they beat the record in testing last Saturday, but test results are unofficial, so the record still stands. They will probably keep trying until they break the record, but we’re kind of hoping that old Fred Marriott and the Stanley Rocket somehow manage to hold on to the record.

Ormond Beach has a interesting history including residents like John D. Rockefellor. Winter visitors to Ormond Beach included the Duke of Windsor, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. There is a reason that these people, who could afford to winter anywhere in the world, choose Ormond Beach. But, many people have chosen to buy Ormond Beach homes for their full-time residence. It may be worth talking about. Give Lynn Byrne a call at 386-566-7503 to talk about homes in Ormond Beach and Ormond Beach duplexes.

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