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« on: August 22, 2017, 04:00:25 AM »

David Tremayne, a name familiar to many here, has quietly been planning an attempt on the UK Land Speed Record (currently a little over 301 mph for the official two-way record).  He is using his own Duo StayGold jet car.

Apart from all the usual problems with a low-budget effort, he (and others) also have to contend with the lack of real estate here in the UK.  It's impossible to find somewhere to accelerate to 300+mph, run through a timed mile, and stop safely, so shorter distances are recognised.

Here is what happened on a recent test run:

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 04:29:52 AM »

The National British Speed Records started at the beginning of the 20th Century with the 1 mile and the 1 kilometre for the flying start distances. After the fickle nature of the beaches had forced World Speed Record contenders from Britain over to the USA (Ormond/Daytona then Bonneville) and then later to Australia the governing body introduced two extra distances the flying start 500 metres and the flying start 1/4 mile. On a 3 kilometre (1.9 mile) runway this allows both wheeldriven teams and jet car teams the space to slow down. What has been shown on the V-Box video with this posting is a run that 'used' just 1.25 kilometre of the 3 km runway at Elvington near York.   
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 06:13:32 AM »

Oh horrible.
What happened ?.
Hope hes ok ?.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 08:04:58 AM »

He's totally fine, a little bruised but fine.
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 11:08:22 PM »

Wow, that is a terrible result for a test run. It looks like as soon as he shut down power, the car veered too much to the left to stay upright. Was that a result of power off or what? I am sorry for the team, but glad the driver will be OK.

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2017, 12:24:28 AM »

Did the chute pull the back end of the car up into the air?
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2017, 12:56:40 AM »

Looked like a chute issue to me too.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2017, 01:26:04 PM »

Reminiscent of Roland Pratt's crash:  
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