The Need for Speed DCCC

Few people feel the need to travel four miles in four or
five seconds. On the ground. In a vehicle. But some do.
This article
tells us about the latest attempt on the
land speed record (the current record holder is held by the

British ThrustSSC Team
at about 763 mph).

I think I’ve talked about the North American Eagle
team before (or maybe not) but their attempt deserves
whatever publicity they can get. To a great extent, this is a
backyard DIY effort. They’ve had to
beg, borrow, or buy really cheap whatever they could get
towards this effort to reach 800 mph on land. Some would say
this is a foolhardy way of making an attempt. And they may be
right. But then, if you look at the first aircraft built by
the Wright brothers, you could probably make the same
assertion.

The question though, has to be why do this? Only these
guys can answer that but in the words of former US President
Theodore Roosevelt, as quoted on the ThrustSSC site:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points
out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of
deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to
the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred
with dust and sweat and blood. At best, he knows the
triumph of high achievement; if he fails, at least he fails
while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with
those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor
defeat.”

North American Eagle jet car

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One response to “The Need for Speed DCCC

  1. Bha, 800Mph cabapility is useless when you’re sitting in yet another trafic jam.