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News - May 2012

... an extract from FastFacts 85

Contents:

World Water Speed Record

    2012 Speed Racing Season underway
    Texas Mile
    Outright Speed Record News – on Land
    The Rush WSR - Colin Johns
    Dartagnan SP600 - Daniel Dehaemers
    K777 & K Infinity – Charles Morris/David Aldred
    Side-Car Hearse LSR

 


2012 Speed Racing Season underway

Rain at Lake Gairdner, Australia

The annual salt flats meeting organised by the Dry Lakes Racers Association at the end of the Australian summer had to be cancelled when tropical storms passed across much of the continent flooding part of the lakebed and making access impossible for the racers.

The rains were particularly bad in the east of this vast Country where towns were flooded and once again the ‘100 years deluge’ argument was used to describe the event. Flash flooding of city areas meant that normal transport was disrupted too. Lake Eyre, the venue for Donald Campbell’s bid with CN7 in 1963/4, was flooded this March for the fourth year in succession.

The event cancellation has recently become a postponement as the DLRA have made plans for a rain dated event to take place on Lake Gairdner from 28th May to 1st June 2012. Do check with the organisers before travelling to the rescheduled event as regular inspections will be held to confirm an acceptable surface exists before the meeting. Check out their website at www.dlra.org.au


Texas Mile

The Texas Mile event is now established at Chase Field, Beeville, Texas (having up to a year ago been held at Goliad Airpark) and the speeds are climbing at each event held. (The outright record speed set by a jet funny car, along with all other speed records for the earlier venue, have been frozen). In late March 2012 the Chase Field car record speed was raised to 257.7 mph. This is the average over the last 132 feet of the standing start mile track length. The vehicle was a 2006 Ford GT (the updated production version of the classic Ford GT40). Texan driver Sean Kennedy is hopeful that even more speed can be achieved at forthcoming meetings.

More in FastFacts 85


Outright Speed Record News – on Land

NAE – Ed Shadle has announced that the female driver of his jet car will now be motorcyclist Valerie Thompson. Leslie Porterfield has had to stand down from driving duties of the NAE jet car. Valerie will try to exceed the speeds achieved by Kitty O’Neil (in the SMI Motivator rocket ‘car’) when testing of the former F-104 Starfighter, now North American Eagle LSR car, resumes later this summer. This ladies speed record is expected to act as a spring board to allow Ed to challenge the Thrust SSC outright record in 2013. The team have been through the environmental assessment process with the BLM for a special permit to operate on a new course at Diamond Valley, Nevada and as this comes with a $35,000.00 BLM fee sum so the team are seeking contributions to meet this cost. Contributions can be made through the website. See www.landspeed.com

AI5R – Rosco McGlashan
Rosco and his team have launched their 1000mph club for corporate supporters ($1000Aus) as well as for individual members ($250 Aus). At the launch event a full size double sided display allowed people to see how the car will look. The build process continues in the workshop in Perth. When discussing locations for the attempt Bilpa Morea Pan in Queensland was named.
www.aussieinvader.com


The Rush WSR - Colin Johns

In a World Exclusive, Fast FACTS was the first publication to be given the opportunity to interview Colin at his workshop in New South Wales, Australia. The full story is in this issue.


Dartagnan SP600 - Daniel Dehaemers

Club Member Daniel is close to mounting his RR engine in the moulded lower hull of the boat he calls “Dartagnan SP600”. Dartagnan is the name he has used for his offshore boating activity and the significance of ‘SP600’ has still to be explained. As soon as the engine mounting is completed, Daniel will open a website (which has been planned for over twelve months) as he now feels that he has something to show the world. Daniel has invited Fast FACTS to visit his premises and to take pictures of the craft in construction. Information of this project has been on facebook but we look forward to the website.


K777 & K Infinity – Charles Morris/David Aldred

This team have used their website to invite pilots to come forward for the next jet powered boat to be constructed, which will challenge for the outright water speed record. Men and women have been asked to send in their details to perhaps take the controls, although we understand that Jim Noone remains a strong contender for the role. As the fastest living Briton on water and pilot of the K777 at Coniston last November, Club Member Jim is well placed to beat others to this job. The K777 boat will act as the test boat and pilot training craft whilst their outright contender is designed and built. The team have not announced where their testing will take place. There has been no news yet on the design of the new boat.
www.k777club.com


Side-Car Hearse LSR

rivalry between speed loving funeral directors who operate side-car hearses which deliver motorcycle riders who have died to their final resting place. Reverend Paul Sinclair rode his stock Suzuki Hyabusa motorcycle with side-car hearse along Elvington airfield to the latest speed title at 117.6 mph to take the title away from another Reverend, Ray Biddiss, riding a Triumph appears in the Guinness World Records listing at 114.1 mph.


 

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