Land speed record attempts

October 15th, 1997:

Both Thrust SSC and Thrust2 are displayed at the Coventry Transport Museum.

There’s just been a new drive on November 18th, 2019, by the same driver in Bloodhound LSR – reaching 628 mph in testing:

Here’s the women’s record run, August 27th, 2019:

10 comments for “Land speed record attempts

  1. November 20, 2019 at 13:10

    Oh, forgot to mention the driver – he was Royal Air Force fighter pilot Wing Commander Andy Green.

  2. dearieme
    November 20, 2019 at 13:25

    One you’ve got aeroplanes land speed records are silly nonsense. Record attempts for submarines would make sense though they might lack excitement for spectators.

    • November 20, 2019 at 15:11

      Apollo 11 set a cracking pace as well on its return journey.

  3. james wilson
    November 21, 2019 at 08:33

    My first impression too was, why? But it makes more sense than Everest.
    What really make no sense is that there are separate records for women piloting machines.

    • November 21, 2019 at 08:43

      You’ve just triggered a post, also Dearieme. On the C Class. Today or tomorrow.

  4. November 21, 2019 at 09:19

    They’re not actually cars are they? Cars are powered by internal combustion engines, not rockets or turbojets or warp drives. So who cares how fast these silly contraptions are?

    What’s the world land speed record for an actual car?

    Sorry, but this has triggered my inner curmudgeon.

  5. Robert the Biker
    November 22, 2019 at 18:09

    OK, fine, lets stop wasting money on the Olympics, who cares a toss how fast you can run when there’ll be a bus along any minute! If only cars with IC engines count (about 480 mph now) then so do only piston engine planes (funnily enough, not a lot faster. People do it because they can! Because being the fastest man on earth is actually more important than being the whiniest tosser at the next climate bullshit rally.

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