This magisterial book, by one of the world’s foremost automotive historians, tells Reid Railton’s personal and professional story in superb detail and fascinating depth, with special focus on Reid’s unique insights — amounting to genius — and technical accomplishments.
Cobb’s 1947 record of 394 mph still stood in 1963 but it was soon broken by Donald Campbell in the wheel-driven Proteus Bluebird. Then entered the jet-powered contenders Goldenrod, Spirit of America, Green Monster, Blue Flame, Thrust 2 and finally Andrew Green in Thrust SSC which saw the record standing at 763 mph at the end of the century.
This book chronicles the fascinating subject of the World Land Speed Record, dating between the post-war period 1947 and 1997. The period thus effectively embraces John Cobb’s immediate post-war efforts in the 400-mph shattering Railton to Richard Nobles Thrust SSC. After much research, we have carefully selected articles and reports covering both the attempts and technical appraisals of the cars as reported within the pages of Autocar and Motor and then from 1988 the combined Autocar & Motor, and present these chronologically within the pages of this publication.
No man has ever shaped the destiny of his chosen sport more than “Big Daddy”, both in technical innovation and sheer professionalism. ‘Champion Garlits’ mixes archive footage of the many milestones of Don’s career with an extensive interview with the man himself, in his Museum of Drag Racing. The triumphs, the disasters, the highs and lows of this champion of the drag strip are all recalled. Don was the first man to run a 250 mph terminal speed standing quarter, and on another occasion he tripped the lights near to this terminal speed backwards! These and many other highlights of a remarkable career are included in this action-packed programme.
This book chronicles the fascinating subject of the World Land Speed Record, dating between the post-war period 1926 and 1939 through a selection of articles and reports covering both the attempts and technical appraisals of the cars as reported within the pages of Autocar and Motor and then from 1988 the combined Autocar & Motor, and present these chronologically within the pages of this publication.
The early ’70s were a pivotal time for rear engine dragsters. "Slingshots" were front engine fire-breathing diggers where the driver sat just three feet behind the motor. This set-up proved to be very dangerous, so in 1970 at Lions Drag Strip "Big Daddy" Don Garlits vowed, after a horrific transmission explosion in his slingshot Wynns Charger, that he would formulate a design that would put the fuel motor behind him. The emergence of the rear-engine dragster rekindled the interest in Top Fuel Eliminator class. Legendary championship drivers like TV Tommy Ivo, Tony Nancy, Gary Beck, Don Prudhomme, Jerry Ruth, Carl Olson, Tom McEwen, Shirley Muldowney, James Warren, Jeb Allen, Herm Peterson, Steve Carbone and many more, are all portrayed in sensational fire-and-smoke belching action at the race track.
The development, construction and operation of the last wheel-driven land speed record-breaking car that the UK produced, and how the tragic demise of Donald Campbell precluded it from reaching its full potential. It is also the personal story of one of the design team, how he became involved, and his incredible experiences in doing so. With many previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and illustrations, this is a unique account of a legendary feat of British engineering.
The remarkable story of the Speed Kings, Henry Segrave, Malcolm Campbell and John Cobb, a group of men who achieved international notoriety as they pursued their common goal: to travel faster than anyone had ever done and claim the coveted Land Speed Record.