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PostSubject: Proud to be British..............   Mon 12 Sep 2016, 11:29 am

............. roll on Oct 2017!!

Check out the fuel pump!!


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PostSubject: Re: Proud to be British..............   Mon 12 Sep 2016, 3:13 pm

Too bad it's not going to roll at Bonneville!

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PostSubject: Re: Proud to be British..............   Mon 12 Sep 2016, 11:07 pm

Apparently, salt is not a suitable surface on which to run a metal wheeled car John, as it's too harsh on the titanium wheels needed for such high speeds.

Blackrock??

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"surely BLOODHOUND will return to the Black Rock Desert? Sadly, no. A lack of rain over the last decade, together with increasingly heavy use for the playa surface (principly by the annual Burning Man festival) has left the Black Rock surface in poor condition. It is bumpy, crumbly, rutted and uneven for much of its 140+ square mile surface and is not currently a suitable surface on which to run a car like BLOODHOUND"

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PostSubject: Re: Proud to be British..............   Tue 13 Sep 2016, 12:01 pm

Seems like some of the old land sped runs were on Daytona Beach. Probably too crowded in this day and age to try these kind of speeds.
Wonder why salt would be detrimental for titanium wheels?
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PostSubject: Re: Proud to be British..............   Tue 13 Sep 2016, 1:46 pm

With speeds they're after so high, a not-the-most-smooth salt surface isn't stable or hard enuf either. I lost interest after they went from piston engines powering wheels to "rocket cars." To me these are more like high tech planes without full wings. Further, the cost and complexity moved their creation from single men or small groups working at small places, to big budget team systems. Hardly the stuff of the common people. Auto racing in general has grown into similar practices, losing the "man with a dream" aspect where one could take credit for all the work himself. Such is the evolution of progress in this complex world.
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