Articles tagged CRAIG BREEDLOVE

Page 116 of September 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 116, September 2014

A record worth its salt

Fifty years ago Donald Campbell’s outdated Bluebird defied the jet age by setting a new Land Speed Record. The scene remains one of the most inhospitable places in the world Writer James Nicholls It is 50 years since Donald Campbell broke the world land speed record on Lake Eyre in South Australia with his gas-turbine car Bluebird. On July 17 1964 he recorded the incredible speed of 403.100mph in...

Page 46 of December 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, December 1993

Back to Black Rock

On 4 October 1983, Richard Noble blasted Thrust 2, a Rolls-Royce Avon powered jet-car, across the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA to set a new Land Speed Record at 633.468 mph, a figure which remains unbeaten to this day. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their accomplishment, and to meet the man who hopes to challenge the record some time next year, Noble and the rest of the Project Thrust...

Page 26 of July 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, July 1994

Outrunning

Outrunning sound Why land speed record holder Noble is building Thrust SSC to challenge Mdaren in a race to the Sound Barrier on land and why he won't be at the himself this time Richard Noble has some new bedtime reading. Not for him something by Salman Rushdie, Gilly Cooper or Alan Clark. Just before he turns in each night, he prefers a line or two from the Lockheed SR-7l flight manual. Yes,...

Page 34 of November 1963 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, November 1963

The Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint

A beautifully-appointed, smooth-running, extremely handsome Italian saloon with impeccable handling and controls. The Alfa Romeo catalogue names the 2600 as the car long-awaited by discerning buyers. Motor Sport certainly has waited a very long time indeed to report on any Alfa Romeo, although I believe we did road-test a 22/90 model in 1927. That the 2600 sprint saloon is a motor car well worth...

Page 100 of March 2008 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, March 2008

Art and his designs

When it came to setting Land Speed Records, no one did it quite like the late Art Arfons By Richard Heseltine He’d faced down danger before but this was different: not only Plan A but Plans B, C, and D had been exhausted. The right rear rubber had detonated just past the final Bonneville speed trap. Art Arfons was scorching the salt at over 500mph, strapped into a home-built car in which his...

Page 60 of December 1963 archive issue thumbnail Page 60, December 1963

The "Circus Act"

Sir, I read with interest your editorial in the August edition entitled "Variety in Modern Motor Racing," particularly the last few lines. We have in Melbourne, as you know, a world class circuit at Sandown Park. They have several good meetings during the year and crowds of 20,000 to 30,000 are not uncommon. All enthusiasts look forward to these meetings and they are widely advertised. Despite...

Page 14 of January 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, January 2007

LSR Attempt fossett in bid to top 800mph

1997 challenger to be revised for 2007 record run Serial adventurer Steve Fossett has announced his intention to break the Land Speed Record in 2007 after buying Craig Breedlove’s unsuccessful ’97 Spirit of America LSRV jet car. The American’s aim is to beat current record holder Andy Green’s best of 763mph, set in 1997 aboard Thrust SSC, by at least 40mph. The balloonist and Le Mans occasional...

Page 78 of November 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 78, November 2001

Bluebird CN7

When future Champ Car designer and B.A.R. technical director Malcolm Oastler was growing up in Australia, Donald Campbell's record-breaking attempts caught his attention and admiration You can't ignore a car like Donald Campbell's Bluebird — it's so striking. It's so different from the earlier record cars, which in comparison were just trucks with big engines in them, whereas Bluebird was a new...

Page 17 of December 1965 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, December 1965

Matters of the moment

1965 To commence this, the last issue of 1965, it is appropriate to look back on a year of satisfactory motoring fulfilment. Politicians may prate of universal speed-limits and provide far from adequate roads but specialised motoring continues to thrive. An exciting last-season of the 1.5-litre G.P. Formula ended in the Honda victory in Mexico, GT, Club and, indeed, every form of racing has been...

Page 50 of May 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, May 1981

Speed

Some personal landmarks I do not remember when I became obsessed with speed, but it must have been at a very early age, and I have no idea why. It was not due to family influence or environmental influence, but speed and racing attracted me long before my parents bought me my first pedal cycle. I had already found a lock-up garage within walking distance of my home in which two lads were...

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