World Land Speed records

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  1. Geedee

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    Whats happening with attempts on the world Land speed record ?

    Anybody have any views on this record, anybody any news?

    I understand that Steve Fosset (RIP) had brought Craig Breedloves car with a view to attempting to regain the title for the US and also there is now a contender from Australia.

    Any news on the F104 that was being prepped for this record ?

    Will the magic 1000 mph figure be reached ?
     
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    Thinking about a different kind of land speed record, the TGV and its 500+ Kph was it? What will be left if it should derail? :shock:
     
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    A sizeable hole in the fence....followed by a sizeable hole in another fence...and another ...and another....and a mass influx of 'collectables' on E-bay !:lol:

    Hopefully it only runs at those speeds away from built up areas, on fairly straight sections of track, so short of a 'bogie' malfunction or something on the track, this shouldnt happen.
     
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    I talked with the crew chief of the F-104. Personally I don't think they have a chance in hell. Unless huge amounts of cash was ultimately injected into the design, it was garage engineering all the way. Some Boeing techs were supplying support when I talked with the guy, but their cash limited their ability to make huge technological changes that I would have envisioned for success (carbon fiber structure, modified cockpit windscreen, uprated engine, better aerodynamics for the wheel assembly, and perhaps some more sophisticated surface control computers. The whole thing at the time that I saw it looked like it was more likely to fly than stay on the ground. Literally think of an F-104, minus wings. Everything else was stock, including tail plane assembly. Rear wheels were very crude aluminum tubing. All I could imagine at 750+mph was the whole thing going airborne ending in disaster and tragedy for the pilot.

    But what do I know...
     
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    The Au's are now making there new car that is rocket powered.They are looking at 1000mpr in the mile.
     
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