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stuckgear
14th May 2012, 11:32
The Spirit of America: Land speed hero Craig Breedlove, 75, returns to smash 800 miles per hour barrier | Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143888/The-Spirit-America-Land-speed-hero-Craig-Breedlove-75-returns-smash-800-miles-hour-barrier.html)


Craig Breedlove wants to retake the land speed record for America again, 48 years after he was the first to push past 400 miles an hour in a car he designed himself.
The five-time land speed record holder would also become the first man ever to achieve terrestrial velocities of 500 and 600 miles per hour.
It was an achievement that made him a household hero in the Sixties the Beach Boys even dedicated a song to him, Spirit of America, after his feat in August 1963.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/05/13/article-0-131320CE000005DC-733_634x418.jpg
American hero: Craig Breedlove, 75, who broke three land speed records in the Sixties, intends to take the title back for the U.S. by building a team to reach 800 miles per hour


Mr Breedlove, now 75, is putting together an ace team to try and reach 800 miles per hour, using his life-long knowledge of high-speed engineering.
The British currently hold the speed record at 763 miles per hour.
While it might not actually be the 75 year-old in the driving seat when the 800 miles per hour record is hopefully set, his formidable spirit will be clutching at the wheel.

Cheerio
14th May 2012, 12:38
Best of luck to him. I always was an Art Arfons fan though.........

http://www.speedace.info/speedace_images/Art_Arfons_and_Green_Monster.jpg

Cacophonix
14th May 2012, 14:16
Good to see Mr Breedlove back in the fray. I am keeping fingers crossed for these guys to mind you.

Bloodhound SSC (http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/)

Caco

TWT
14th May 2012, 15:09
That picture of Art Arfons reminds me of Dick Dastardly

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G-CPTN
14th May 2012, 15:13
Reading his name immediately brought Spirit of America to my mind.

onetrack
14th May 2012, 15:17
Just hold your hosses there for a couple of seconds, Mr Breedlove! In the RH corner, we have a heavyweight contender, just itching to knock you right out of your socks, with a 1000MPH target!!

Give a big hand here folks, to the little Aussie Battler - one under-funded, but deee-termined contender! - MR ROSCO McGLASHAN!! - with the Aussie Invader 5R!!

Aussie Invader 5R - Australia's World Land Speed Record Challenger for the Race to 1000 MPH (http://www.aussieinvader.com/)

Noah Zark.
14th May 2012, 17:03
onetrack,
That's wunnerful, I love the technology, and the nads on these guys for having a go! But, what I want to know is, with the Aussie Invader, who the kinnel's going to be steering it, because after accelerating from 0 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h) in about 20 seconds! the guy who was in the driving seat when it started is going to be coming out of a spare rivet hole somewhere in the back like tomato ketchup! :ok:

SpringHeeledJack
14th May 2012, 17:22
That picture of Art Arfons reminds me of Dick Dastardly

Strangely enough I watched an episode of "Whacky Races" this very morning at the behest of a junior citizen. I still fancy Penelope Pitstop :}

These land speed record chaps have my admiration, as one wrong thing and unless you have a very sensitive ejection seat it's all over bar the shouting. I always thought that the lack of kudos given to the Thrust SSC team for their wonderful achievement a few years ago was shameful, especially in the UK.



SHJ

TWT
14th May 2012, 18:32
If ever there was a case for completely replacing the human with a computer to drive the thing,then this is THE perfect application.But no press would be interested if there wasn't a human 'hero'.

Noah Zark.
14th May 2012, 20:43
I have just seen a 'yoof' going past in his Turbo-Nutter Bastard Escort with an exhaust tail-pipe just slightly larger than Art's motor in post #2! :ok:

B Fraser
14th May 2012, 23:45
Above all, I wish all of the competitors safety as well as luck however with Richard Noble and the team knocking on the door of 1000 mph, the rest of you may as well go home.

Richard should have been knighted for his first record and had a corner of St Paul's Cathedral set aside for his eternal rest after cracking the sound barrier. Why this country has failed to deliver the recognition he so richly deserves is a travesty. Pictures speak louder than words so we'll have to make do with this.

http://www.carsandtuning.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/thrust-ssc_5.jpg
http://www.carsandtuning.org/thrust-ssc/thrust-ssc_5.jpg

onetrack
15th May 2012, 02:05
the guy who was in the driving seat when it started is going to be coming out of a spare rivet hole somewhere in the back like tomato ketchup

Noah - Yes, that's definitely a "challenging area" in the planning, no doubt. I guess Rosco will be studying the work of John Stapp and others in great detail.

However, it does appear that extreme G-forces undesirable results, are limited in transient form;

Wikipedia: Toleration of g-force also depends on its duration. Shock is a short-term transient exitiation and is often measured as an acceleration. Very short duration shocks of 100 g have been survivable in racing car crashes

Besides, these type of blokes only believe in one thing; Great results only come from taking great risks!

stuckgear
15th May 2012, 08:16
Richard should have been knighted for his first record and had a corner of St Paul's Cathedral set aside for his eternal rest after cracking the sound barrier. Why this country has failed to deliver the recognition he so richly deserves is a travesty. Pictures speak louder than words so we'll have to make do with this.




have to agree with you. these days knighthoods are more closely related to high profile corporate collapses !

it looks like you have posted a pic of my wife driving.

Windy Militant
15th May 2012, 09:25
as one wrong thing and unless you have a very sensitive ejection seat it's all over bar the shouting
See here as regards to ejector seats!
Cisco BHTV Episode 13 (http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/bloodhound_tv/episode_13_-_ejector_seat.cfm)
I wonder if the American Eagle still has a downward firing seat seeing as its a Starfighter fuselage. :uhoh:

Best of luck to all the contenders and smooth runs for all of them!

MagnusP
15th May 2012, 09:59
It may be the brain fade of advancing years, but I make it about 2.25m/s2 or under a quarter g.

1609km/h is (roughly) 450m/s

s=0.5*a*t*t

450=0.5*a*20*20

Gives a=2.25 m/s2

Not ketchup territory.

B Fraser
15th May 2012, 11:28
Acceleration is change in speed divided by time

To reach 447 meters per second in 20 seconds is an average acceleration of 22.4 meters per second squared or a smidge over 2g.

:8

MagnusP
15th May 2012, 11:32
Ooops, brain fade indeed. s is distance, not speed. My bad.

Noah Zark.
15th May 2012, 16:50
All much too technicrackle for me! Can we settle at tomato-ketchup-ish? :)

B Fraser
15th May 2012, 17:34
Ok, imagine that you were in the car attempting the record while putting ketchup on your chips. The sauce would miss the plate and end up all over your shirt.

Got it ? Good -oh ! :ok:

I wonder if a bottle of ketchup were to travel close to the speed of light, would it ever reach its sell by date ?

hellsbrink
15th May 2012, 19:16
Do you use a conveyor belt for testing the theory, B. Fraser?

Noah Zark.
15th May 2012, 20:02
Ok, imagine that you were in the car attempting the record while putting ketchup on your chips. takes me back to my original post, WHO would be driving the car? :ok:

onetrack
16th May 2012, 15:17
Noah - Rosco has steered them all on every record attempt, and I see no reason why he wouldn't be steering the latest missile.

Noah Zark.
16th May 2012, 16:39
Onetrack,
I think you may possibly be missing the point - HOW can Mr. Rosco steer the thing whilst he is busy putting ketchup on his chips?

Cacophonix
17th May 2012, 09:35
Talking of gongs or titles, didn't Andy Green get an OBE for his efforts in guiding Thrust through the sound barrier although the muted reception he received when he returned from the States said more about the UK than anything else.

Yesteryear people like Malcolm Campbell were feted as heroes while today non entity celebrities represent the new vacuous norm. Tis a shame really!

Caco

Windy Militant
17th May 2012, 11:07
You'd think that for being involved in two LSRs Mr Noble should be a Sir by now.

The attitude of this country is summed up by the company that approached him after the fact and asked to have their logos plastered all over the car. The reply was, as they didn't sponsor the team when they were struggling for cash, the people who had sponsored them would get the glory and they could shove it!

Still they're only mechanicals and don't deserve being treated like proper people.
Look at Sir Frank Whittle they only gave in and knighted him when the embarressment of the rest of the world honouring him got too much.