The Budweiser Rocket was a 3-wheeled land vehicle, generally resembling the 1970-era Blue Flame land speed record holding vehicle in appearance, powered by a hybrid liquid and solid-fuel rocket engine that has been claimed as being the first vehicle to have broken the sound barrier on land, driven by Stan Barrett and designed and built by William Fredrick. Neither the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme nor the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, the official speed record certifying bodies, recognise the record attempt, the speed purported to have been reached or that the vehicle ever attained supersonic speeds. As of 2004, the Budweiser Rocket is in the Talladega Superspeedway Museum, Alabama.
... While it has been claimed that the Budweiser Rocket did briefly break the sound barrier, it could not gain any official titles because standard ground speed record regulations measure an average speed over a ... and the deafening sonic waves from the combined liquid and solid-fuel rockets used to propel the vehicle ... Standing shock waves in the rocket exhaust produce continuous supersonic shock waves (a continuous "sonic boom") ...
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