How many record breakers are in running order?

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How many record breakers are in running order?

Post by mtskull » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:54 am

Having asked this question on the Bluebird K3 thread, It occurred to me that this could be a wider topic for discussion. So here it is:

How many outright land and water speed record breaking machines are currently in running order?

There's K3, of course, and (theoretically) Slo-mo-shun IV (although she hasn't run since 2001).
Of the cars, there are "Babs" and "Mephistopheles" for starters.

Anyone know of any others?
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Re: How many record breakers are in running order?

Post by sheppane » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:36 am

mtskull wrote:Having asked this question on the Bluebird K3 thread, It occurred to me that this could be a wider topic for discussion. So here it is:

How many outright land and water speed record breaking machines are currently in running order?

There's K3, of course, and (theoretically) Slo-mo-shun IV (although she hasn't run since 2001).
Of the cars, there are "Babs" and "Mephistopheles" for starters.

Anyone know of any others?
The 1924 Rene' Thomas Delage, the 1926 Seagrave Sunbeam, and thats about it. No doubt you could de-inhibit the Avon and the Spey's in Thrust II and SSC and perhaps Hustler could run again, with a little effort. K7 should in due course. Spirit Of Australia could be, I would have thought, brought back to working order.
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Re: How many record breakers are in running order?

Post by Dominic Owen » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:17 am

Although more challenger than holder, the last time I saw it the Renault R45 was still going as well.

What happened to the 350hp Sunbeam? The last I heard it was in perfect running order.

Don't get me started on the mechanically-neglected examples in the NMM.... Flawlessly shiney & static is a complete insult to everyone who worked tirelessly to make them loud & fast!
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Post by sheppane » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:20 pm

What happened to the 350hp Sunbeam? The last I heard it was in perfect running order.

It put a rod through the side a few years ago, and is costing quite a lot to rebuild.

Don't get me started on the mechanically-neglected examples in the NMM....

The trouble is, they have no money to bring them back to running order, the 1000hp Sunbeam has been out of commission for decades, Golden Arrow is sans an engine, CN7 needs a complete refit with abilities required more areospace standards, that expertise does not exist at the NMM. Next project for the BPP and their friends in industry. Tyres would be a major problem, but if there was a will, there would be a way.
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Post by Renegadenemo » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:21 pm

Next project for the BPP and their friends in industry. Tyres would be a major problem, but if there was a will, there would be a way.
We offered to strip and rebuild CN7 at no cost to the museum but she had to come back to running order - that was the deal - what's the use of rebuilding something then not seeing that it works properly? They got all wobbly at that point and started wibbling about this committee and that committee so we took the FAAM's request to build a bureaucracy-free Barracuda instead.
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Re: How many record breakers are in running order?

Post by Mike Bull » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:20 pm

Quite; I mean, our Barracuda/Baccaruda/Baddacooda/Scraparuda will never fly, but by 'eck it had better know the feel of a running engine again, just because!

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Post by sheppane » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:29 am

Renegadenemo wrote:
Next project for the BPP and their friends in industry. Tyres would be a major problem, but if there was a will, there would be a way.
We offered to strip and rebuild CN7 at no cost to the museum but she had to come back to running order - that was the deal - what's the use of rebuilding something then not seeing that it works properly? They got all wobbly at that point and started wibbling about this committee and that committee so we took the FAAM's request to build a bureaucracy-free Barracuda instead.
When they see the work on K7, it will be worth going back to the NMM about CN7.
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Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:27 pm

When they see the work on K7, it will be worth going back to the NMM about CN7.
It'll be worth asking the question but the chances of them doing it our way are slim, I suspect. never say never, though.
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Re: How many record breakers are in running order?

Post by Dominic Owen » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:57 pm

sheppane wrote:What happened to the 350hp Sunbeam? The last I heard it was in perfect running order.

It put a rod through the side a few years ago, and is costing quite a lot to rebuild.
OUCH! :shock: It's not as though that was a production engine either. That's one engine rebuild even I would think twice about taking on!

Now I'm forced to think about it, "The last I heard..." does probably equate to a little more than a few years ago. It's getting scarey how quickly they roll by these days!
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Re: How many record breakers are in running order?

Post by polo » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:26 pm

Miss England is in a museum in London minus engine but looks in decent shape, Miss Great Britain is in the National Maritime museum, again, looking good but missing all her running gear.
CN7 has a bent frame due to a low flying incident when the driver hit the wrong pedal! I have no doubt that the BBP team could fix her but then you get to the tyres which were specially built by Dunlops. The building no longer exists nor does the machines to make the tyres which were specially built for the CN7 project. The existing tyres are cracking and I was told by the NMM that she can only be moved on a trolley because of this. I found all this out when a person tried to 'con' a lot of people into building a WWSR boat and stated he had permission to run the car at the same time. I knew otherwise and the last time I heard the boys in blue wanted to speak to him re a lot off missing cash.I did get the loaned Land Rover back though!
The Railton Mobil Special is in a very delicate state and if she ran she would be dust in a short time.
I can confirm a Miss America is running and does 'shows' in America, I have some photos somewhere and will try and locate them and post a couple.
Hustler is suposed to be running and had been repaired. There were rumours a long time ago that she would have another go at the record. There was a long and bitter court battle re her ownership and Taylor lost.

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