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Post by rob565uk » Fri Mar 06, 2015 7:50 pm

They must have learned that from the BBP Workshop ;-)

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:54 pm

News of more landmark Bloodhound progress here ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31845234

In the Comments section beneath the item are the usual negative and poorly-thought-through remarks, but Brits with hearts don't feel this way, thank God, and the car's already becoming almost as well-known as ThrustSSC 8-)

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Post by Mike Bull » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:37 am

I think I'd argue that Bloodhound is far better known even than the car it is following, or the record that it holds; the PR from BSSC has been relentless, and widespread. They've talked an incredible job- I do hope they can follow it through with deeds to match!
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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:56 am

Yes, Mike - good point. The educational aspect of the Bloodhound endeavour has projected it into places that traditionally-structured speed-record bids simply don't even scratch. In terms of scale and reach, the whole thing eclipses everything that has gone before.

A massive awareness blitz. It's a lot to live up to. Who would bet against it working, though. Not I.

They seem to have left everyone else behind now, lagging in their wake. Barring an unexpected slip I can't see any other team beating them to the record.

And if they accomplish that, I imagine that will effectively pull the ladder up.

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Post by Mike Bull » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:55 pm

quicksilver-wsr wrote:They seem to have left everyone else behind now, lagging in their wake. Barring an unexpected slip I can't see any other team beating them to the record.
I'd hope that Rosco might get himself into the books before BSSC really steals everyone's show- first man to an 800mph record perhaps.
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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:29 pm

I don't know Rosco at all, but I have kept up with his newsletters and website updates for the past few years.

According to an update on the website quite some time ago, it was going to be necessary to sell the previous car to raise the funds needed to complete the new one. That hasn't happened, and nor did a crowdfunding plan to raise the money to build the tailfin.

My sense for some time (the past 12 months) has been that the funding isn't there to get it done. At least not currently. That's no reason to give up, of course, and Rosco is pressing on, but it seems to me that it would take a big change of fortune for him to get a record before Richard's team does. You never know how it's going to play out, though. Fortunes do change.

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Post by rob565uk » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:41 pm

I too would like to see Rosco gain a record. Nobody can doubt his sheer courage, drive and tenacity. I believe he has huge popular appeal, so maybe he should make another attempt at crowdfunding?

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Post by Mike Bull » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:45 pm

Meanwhile, Ye Olde Skills are going on in the name of giving BSSC a tail fin...
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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:48 pm

Speaking of tailfins ...

Rob, I fully agree that Rosco deserves a shot at the record.

With the tailfin crowdfunding plan - as was - I don't know if it was actually launched but failed to raise the necessary, or whether it simply didn't happen in the first place.

It was announced, and then there was no follow-up news.

Here is a link to the web-page about selling the previous car, published almost exactly a year ago today:
http://www.aussieinvader.com/latest-new ... -museum-wa

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Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:19 am

Meanwhile, Ye Olde Skills are going on in the name of giving BSSC a tail fin...
It's often said that the lathe is the 'king of tools' but I disagree. The English Wheel better deserves that title due to the black-art-witchcraft needed to get a good result from it and it's great to see it being used amongst all the cutting-edge engineering going into BSSC. Some things will never change and nor should they.
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