An ambitious British project to recapture the outright World Land Speed record moved a step nearer to realisation on Monday (1 March) when the wraps came off the Blue Star Mark Five.
GV PAN Sir Malcolm Campbell in Bluebird attempting Land Speed Record at Utah Salt Lake flats in 1935 (9 shots)
GV Blue Star record car being carried onto garage forecourt
CU tail of Blue Star PAN DOWN TO Exhaust at rear of car
CU ALONG Streamlined body (2 shots)
SV Two mini cars drive alongside Blue Star to give size comparison
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SPORT: LAND SPEED RECORD
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Background: An ambitious British project to recapture the outright World Land Speed record moved a step nearer to realisation on Monday (1 March) when the wraps came off the Blue Star Mark Five.
Blue Star is 38 feet (11.6 metres) long - but has a frontal area of less than ten square feet (approx. 1 sq. metre). It was designed and built by David Gossling - a senior design engineer with Hawker Siddeley Dynamics Space Division at Stevenage, England.
Since the idea was first developed Blue Star has been revised several times - hence the Mark Five classification - to bring it in line with specifications for the outright "world's fastest" record. The vehicle will be powered by two turbines from the Blue Streak missile and will develop a 6,400 pound (approx. 3,000 metres) thrust. Its estimated top speed will be in excess of 750 miles per hour (1,207 k.p.h.) - sufficient to bring the record back to britain if the attempt scheduled for next summer is successful. British Land Speed record holder Tony Densham will be the driver.
The present holder of the World Land Speed Record is Gary Gabelich of the United States. His vehicle, The Blue Flame, was clocked at 630.33 miles per hour (approx. 1,000 k.p.h.) in October 1970.
The last time the record was held by Britain was in 1964, when the late Donald Campbell achieved 403 m.p.h. (approx. 650 k.p.h.) in his Bluebird-Proteus.