Ab Jenkins

Race car driver, Deceased Person

1883 – 1956

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Who was Ab Jenkins?

David Abbott "Ab" Jenkins was the 24th mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah from 1940 to 1944 and was a professional race car driver. Jenkins' interest in motorsports began with racing motorcycles on dirt tracks and cross country. He then became interested in land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. He was instrumental in establishing Bonneville as a location for such events, and in attracting overseas drivers such as George Eyston and Sir Malcolm Campbell to compete there.

He drove the Duesenberg "Mormon Meteor" to a 24-hour average land speed record of 135 miles per hour in 1935. In 1940 Jenkins set the 24-hour record of a 161.180 mph average that lasted for 50 years.

He died on a visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Born
Jan 25, 1883
Spanish Fork
Spouses
Religion
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Aug 9, 1956

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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