The World's First Supersonic Driver
Wearing A Paul Newman Daytona
Rolex has an amazing history with land-speed kings, beginning with Sir Malcolm Campbell, who wore a Rolex while setting multiple land speed records back in the 1930s. Today, Rolex is a sponsor for the Bloodhound SSC with Andy Green driving, which is scheduled in 2017 to attempt to set a new land speed record at 1000MPH, which is 239 miles faster than Supersonic. But wait a minute!!?! Let's go back to 1979, and take a look at the man who was the very first to break the Supersonic sound barrier, and his name is Stan Barrett.
Stan Barrett is pictured above just after becoming the first man to break the sound barrier on land. He actually went 739.666 Miles Per Hour in the Budweiser rocket car in 1979.
Some other famous Rolex wearing speed demons were also present to witness his achievement, including Chuck Yeager, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, and William J. "Pete" Knight, who to this day holds the all-time speed record for level flight, when he flew an X-15 at Mach 6.7. If you look at the photo of Stan Barrett at the top of this story above, you will notice he is wearing two Rolex watches!!
One Rolex is a Pepsi GMT-Master and the second was a special gift of a Paul Newman Daytona, which was actually given to Stan Barrett by his good friend Paul Newman to wear on the record setting run. Paul Newman (pictured below wearing his famous exotic dial Rolex Daytona) gave Stan the Rolex Daytona, but refused to attend, because he didn't want to see one of his best friends killed in a rocket car.
Stan was Paul Newman's stunt double for many years, and he also was a stunt double for Burt Reynolds, and other famous stars of from that era. Ironically, I learned of this story from another famous Rolex wearer, and good pal of mine, David Concannon who is a famous explorer himself. He mentioned that Stan Barrett still wears his Pepsi GMT-Master today, and in the future I hope to interview Stan about his amazing career achievements.
Hal Needham is pictured above sporting his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. Hal is former stuntman and movie director. He can be seen in the videos below.
The video above offers an amazing overview of Stan Barrett's achievement, and continues on to cover Andy Green's incredible accomplishments with the Thrust SSC.
Singer Michael Bublé is pictured below wearing the all-new Rolex Speed King.