Crain News Service report
DETROIT (June 11, 2013) — No one seemed to know why the two brothers stopped talking, but their resulting rivalry led to some of the fastest cars ever built — two of which went more than 600 mph.
Over the years, Walt Arfons battled his half-brother Art on the Bonneville Salt Flats and at dragstrips across the country, but the pair rarely spoke over the course of one of the longest and most intense motorsport rivalries ever.
Land-speed pioneer Walt Arfons died June 4 at the age of 96. His brother Art died in 2007.
Walt was born in Muncie Ind., and moved to Akron at an early age, according to an article in the Akron Beacon Journal, which noted that after four years service in the U.S. Navy, Walt joined the family business at Arfons Mill and Hardware, an Akron Historic Landmark.
Walt and Art started out working together, building a three-wheeled dragster in their native rural Ohio in 1952. There was no fancy paint scheme on the car and it looked like they'd used leftover green paint of the John Deere hue. When Art drove it up to the line at the local drags, the starter said, "Bring that green monster up here."