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Author Topic: The Fastest Steam Car in the World - BBC 2, 7pm 18th Nov  (Read 1604 times)
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« on: November 18, 2009, 06:22:47 PM »

Documentary chronicling the attempts by Charles Burnett III and Don Wales to break land speed records in a steam-powered vehicle. Using the car they built in a shed in Hampshire, they made consecutive runs at Edwards Air Force Base in California over a measured mile and a kilometre

Shed power rules! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2009, 07:29:49 PM »

To my mind it's all a bit futile, A decent motorbike can out perform it.
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 07:39:12 PM »

Must confess, it wasn't exactly thrilling, and was quite expecting a Nissan Micra to overtake it - bet Frotter and Speccybloke could do better with a lard-powered version......... Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2009, 02:15:42 PM »

Didn't Howard Hughes go big into steam cars?
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2009, 03:50:56 PM »

Yes,

Howard Hughes sponsored a steam car in the 1930s.

http://www.maebrussell.com/Articles%20and%20Notes/Howard,%20The%20Amazing%20Mr.%20Hughes.html

Then there was the Paxton Phoenix steam car in the early 1950s built by McCulloch of chainsaw fame.   

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1953-paxton-phoenix-convertible-coupe.htm

Lear of Learjet fame sponsored one in the 1970s based on a steam turbine. In 1985 the Lear turbine had a go at the land speed record on th Bonneville salt flats.

http://www.steamcar.co.uk/lsr_history.html



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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2009, 04:24:28 PM »

Now that is a story Ken!
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2009, 09:39:42 PM »

The first fatality in a car accident involved a steam car  in Birr in 1869 and apparently afterwards the family gave up the steam car  idea.  It was unfortunate   because they probably  would have progressed the idea a lot more.    Charles Parsons was fifteen years old at the time and subsequently developed the steam turbine for boats.    The incident was famous for  the reply from her husband  when  he was asked about funeral arrangements.     He replied  "you killed her, you bury her".  She is buried in the Parsons family vault.       

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