When I saw on a Scottish news programme last night that this wonderful machine (or at least a mock-up of it) was to be on display at Glasgow's Transport Museum for three days, I just had to take a trip to see it.
But I post this picture in dedication and also deference to Martin (MJR) who uploaded a much superior photograph of it almost two years ago when it was on display at Farnborough.
For this is Bloodhound SSC, a British project, which it is hoped will be capable of travelling at a speed of 1,000 miles per hour and beat the present land speed record of 763.035 mph which was achieved on 15th October, 1997 by Andy Green, the only person ever to break the sound barrier on land, in Richard Noble's ThrustSSC.
You can read very much more about this project in the many pages of the official website here and you will note that if you are prepared to give a donation to the cause, you can also have the honour of having your name inscribed on the tail-fin of the car for its record-breaking attempt which is now planned for 2014 in South Africa.
For those interested in the mechanics of this beast, suffice to say that it has three engines - a Falcon rocket engine, a Rolls Royce Eurojet EJ200 jet engine and also a 800 bhp race engine whose sole purposes are to to power hydraulics and to start the other two engines and supply them with fuel. It is estimated that Bloodhound SSC will reach 1,000 mph in 42 seconds from a standing start.
Finally, the reason that this car is on display in Glasgow just now is that its wheels are to be manufactured by Castle Engineering in Scotland. Unfortunately, today was a very dull day and the car was on display inside a marquee so the lighting was less than good.
I shall add another picture as a workshop - one which shows at least one of the Scottish wheels!
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RhodieIke (11742) 2012-04-26 22:34
Hi John, Fantastic close up of this beast of a machine,the colours are superb and pin-sharp,excellent note about this amazing car and the speeds she can achieve, I met Andy Green when he use to buy all the de-funked pianos I could lay my hands on for a play shooting at on top of mountains with their fighter planes,great guy. Tfs,Cheers Iain.
Aruns (145) 2012-04-26 23:55
Hi John, very nice mix of colours! I hope it will achieve the 1000 mph! Thanks for the info on the mechanics.
macjake (57344) 2012-04-27 0:12
again, love the subject of transportation and machinery, can't go wrong with that.
I like the perspective, the long length seems to work out very well as it creates depth too.
and because of that long perspective, it looks monsterous!
See you around
timecapturer (49288) 2012-04-27 2:49
a clever crop and composition that is both compelling and effective. The sleek lines and the diagonals give the impression that this machine can go a little faster than my Ford Fiesta! Superb sharpness, colours and clarity in this beautiful image of an engineering wonder.
Have a great weekend - regards Brian.
MJR (3360) 2012-04-27 5:18
What can I say ! Flabbergasted ! A dedication for little ol' me ? Nooo...
This for all you say, or imply, is a real treat, spoilt only by factors outside your control, namely POV. Another trademark sharp and bright photo, with a near glass like sheen to it - just like I strive for, but don't always succeed. The yellowness you refer to in one of your forum threads is visible, but does not detract; it is after all a representation of what was, a car inside a yellowish tent ! So no problem there. The WS too is a stunner, making the car look ENORMOUS !
But tell me, have you signed up to the IK club, and have your name put on this illustrious vehicle ? You will get regular and frequent e-updates on its progress, and all sorts of fascinating insight into its design and build.
And then of course, is the potential for a TE meet in the Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape in 2013. That would be a spectacle indeed. Need to hire a LONG lens for that experience !
Hey ho, probably better watch it on TV: see more and spend less !
mesutilgim (85982) 2012-04-28 15:01
This capture (and entry) is also great ! Good layout and nice bright colors.
It's a pity that it didn't collect the points it absolutely deserves.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ikeharel (58817) 2012-05-15 9:09
Good evening John,
Saw this quite a while ago, just remember that decided to write about - sorry for the slightly dalyed critique:
An amazing machine, you describe it well in the note, I can imagine it almost taking a flight... roaring engin and like a flicker passes by.
Marvelous composition, excelent light and colors.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20776)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-26
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-26 16:37