Land Speed Racer Memorial


Noel Black

Born:  November 10, 1936

Died:  August 26, 1970

Buried:  Log Town Cemetery, Ruch, Oregon

Age:  33

Full Name:  Noel Hammond Black


Location:  Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Event:  Bonneville National Speed Trials

Accident Date:  August 26, 1970

Vehicle:  "Motion I" twin-engined streamliner

Biographical:  While speeding 325 MPH, his streamliner went out of control and he flipped end over end.  He had just finished the timed mile when his vehicle suddenly swerved out of control.  He died five hours after the crash in a Salt Lake hospital.  He was from Sacramento, California, and was co-owner of a speed shop in Redding.  He was survived by his parents, his wife, Karlyn, and brother, Jared, and sisters, Holly and Annice.  He was raised in Medford, Oregon, and attended the Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls.  He was a long-time member of the Southern Oregon Timing Association.


"Racer killed at Bonneville," Deseret News, August 27, 1970

"Salt Flats crash kills Californian," Fort Scott Tribune, August 27, 1970

"Land speed record try kills driver," Bend Bulletin,  August 27, 1970

"Driver fatally hurt in Bonneville crash," Milwaukee Journal, August 27, 1970

"Race driver is killed," St. Petersburg Evening Independent, August 27, 1970

Social Security Death Index  (Noel Black, born November10, 1936, died August 1970, SS# issued in Oregon in 1952-53)

Find a Grave database (Noel Hammond Black, born Nov. 10, 1936, in Oregon, died Aug. 27, 1970 at Bonneville Salt Flats, married to Karlyn Phair Black, son of John and Jean Black)

Guy Parker, e-mail communication to site administrator, Apr. 9, 2011


Jim Buckmaster

Born:  March 18, 1936

Died:  August 21, 1972

Buried: Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes, Sacramento, California

Age:  36

Full Name:  James Martin Buckmaster


Location:  Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Event:  Bonneville National Speed Trials

Accident Date:  August 21, 1972

Vehicle:  streamlined motorcycle

Biographical:  He was racing at an estimated speed of over 90 MPH when he was knocked off his cycle and dragged along the salt in a warm-up area.  He was going too fast as the speed limit imposed on the warm-up area was only 50 MPH.  He was thrown more than 150 feet from the demolished cycle. During the warm-up, he did not have the streamlined body on the cycle.  He was flown by chartered airplane to Salt Lake City where he died in the ambulance on the way to LDS Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.  He was from Sacramento, California, and was survived by his wife and five children who witnessed the accident.


"Salt Flats mishap kills man," Deseret News, August 22, 1972

"California cycle racer is killed," Modesto Bee, Aug. 22, 1972

Social Security Death Index

“Family sees cyclist in fatal skid,” Pasadena Star-News, Aug. 22, 1972

“Cycle mark by woman,” Billings Gazette, Aug. 24, 1972 Family Tree:  James Martin Buckmaster, born Mar. 18, 1936 in Tuolumne, Calif., died Aug. 1972

California Birth Index:  James Martin Buckmaster, born Mar. 18, 1936 in Tuolumne Co., mother’s maiden name was Paraday (brother was Richard Lee Buckmaster, born June 13, 1933)


Erik Man to site administrator, Apr. 16, 2016


Jim Buckmaster standing behind his streamlined motorcycle

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Bigelow, Ken (1951)

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Bryant, Barry (2009)

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Cass, Wayne (1948)

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Dean, Pete (1984)

Deneau, Gerald (2012)

Donaldson, John (1955)

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Fadave, Robert (1949)

Fancher, Floyd (1949)

Fernihough, Eric (1938)

Foster, Tony (2014)

Funk, Robert (1962)

Glover, Tom (1948)

Graham, Athol (1960)

Gullett, Cliff (2008)

Haller, Harvey (1953)

Herda, Bob (1969)

Jacobs, Johan (2006)

Johnson, Jim (1957)

Johnston, Bruce (1998)

Leasher, Glenn (1962)

Lockhart, Frank (1928)

Lombardi, Guy (2009)

Lubinsky, Larry (1969)

Lyons, Jerry (2012)

McGregor, Rulon (1949)

Magi, Renato (1951)

Meo, Vaifro (1984)

Owen, Dave (2008)

Parry-Thomas, J. G. (1927)

Partridge, Tim (2018)

Pendleton, Jackson (1949)

Robinson, Bob (1950)

Rosemeyer, Bernd (1938)

Schlegel, Nicholas (1947)

Somariba, Janos (1933)

Sproul, Charles (1955)

Stewart, Jack (1968)

Warner, Bill (2013)

Watts, Tommy (1980)

Werder, Wilbert (1949)

Wheeler, Sam (2016)

White, Nolan (2002)

Williams, Elwyn (1954)

Windman, Nathan (1934)

Wynja, Cornelius (1951)