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The Stanley Steam Car

In 1906, the fastest car in the world was a specially equipped Stanley Steam Car known as the “Rocket.” Race car driver Fred Marriott officially earned the Rocket its affectionate title at the Ormond tournament in Florida in 1906. The Marriott-manned Rocket won the Dewar trophy, and set multiple world speed records, one of which (one mile completed at 127.66 miles per hour) would last until 1910. Despite being surpassed by non-steam-powered cars within just a few years, the record would last nearly 100 years as the world speed record for a steam-powered vehicle.