Photographer's Note

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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