Articles tagged John Ackroyd

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 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 17 of February 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, February 1994

Breaking the barrier: Breaking new ground

McLaren Advanced Vehicles' contender to go through the Sound Barrier on landwill break all sorts of new ground in the technological war of distance against time What is the Sound Barrier? Well, it's one of those intangibles that may or may not exist, a hypothetical barrier of shockwaves that surrounds an object travelling near the speed of sound. The real question is: What is the speed of sound?...

Page 55 of August 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 55, August 1992

For Sale, One Careful Owner

Richard Noble wants Thrust 2 to stay in the UK. That's why a Coventry museum is looking for the money to buy one Land Speed Record-holding jetcar, never raced or rallied... By record car displays standards, the one featuring Thrust 2 at the Museum of British Road Transport in Coventry thoroughly befits the car. On October 4 1983, on Nevada's Black Rock Desert, Noble drove it to the current record...

Page 41 of January 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 41, January 1992

Australia bids for the record

If Rosco McGlashan has his way, his Thrust-like Aussie Invader will deprive Richard Noble of his outright land speed record Tucked away behind the pit straight grandstands in Adelaide lurked a car more powerful than anything on the race track, yet which remained utterly silent throughout the Australian GP meeting. Only its owner was making any noise, and the ebullient Rosco McGlashan is aware...

Page 48 of August 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, August 1994

"Invader is rolling"

Short, powerfully built, laconic, 43 year-old McGlashan has been drag racing since he was a teenager. "When I was . . . oh, I don't know, 11 or 12 I suppose . . . a couple of mates and I found some tubing somewhere, got hold of a motor, got it running and built ourselves a hot rod. "Much to my parents' disgust, I didn't even make it to high school. They thought I was crazy." Early in his career...

Page 16 of January 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 16, January 1998

Letters from readers

Come join the club… Sir, I read with great interest your editorial in the last issue of Motor Sport in which you make an appeal on behalf of Richard Noble's ThrustSSC team. As a member of the Mach One Club, I have been following the team's efforts in raising budget to build, test and transport the car to its ultimate success at Black Rock. I presume that I have been contributing a small part to...

Page 134 of December 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 134, December 2013

Lunch With... Richard Noble

A chance encounter watching John Cobb inspired a love of speed record breaking. Now he heads the team that’s aiming for 1000mph "For Britain, and for the hell of it.” Just after he had finally become the fastest man on earth, Richard Noble was asked why he’d done it. Why, in pursuing his life’s goal, had he remained single-mindedly determined despite years of frustration, disappointment,...

Page 55 of November 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 55, November 1983

Project Thrust: persistence rewarded

Nine years of endeavour, frustration, patience and heartbreak finally ended for Richard Noble on Tuesday, October 4th — when he piloted the 34,000 hp jetcar Thrust 2 to a. new mile land speed record of 633.468 : mph. For Noble, the latest in a highly distinguished line of British speed kings, the success was the culmination of a dream that had begun as long ago as 1952 when, as a six-year-old, he...

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