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Archive: July 2012

Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 2: Jet Propulsion 1960s-1980s Most beautiful streamlined shapes in the Sixties (of course) Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 1: The Pioneers The Thrilling Story Of The Land Speed Record and The Fastest Men On Earth The Fearsome Scale of Phobos …superimposed over a European city Suddenly… Giraffe! (Funny Pics) All the cute, and the crazy, of giraffe’s [...]

Ransom E. Olds on the Olds Pirate Racing Car

Photo: Wikipedia Zoom! Dark Roasted Blend has a fantastic collection of men fulfilling their need for speed. Take a look at their neat gallery of Land Speed Record Vehicles: Link [...]

Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 2: Jet Propulsion 1960s-1980s

“QUANTUM SHOT” #786 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Need for Speed: The Fastest Men On Earth & Their “Rocket” Vehicles, 1960s-1980s In Part One of our look at land speed record vehicles here at Dark Roasted Blend, we featured the pioneers who steadily pushed top speeds [...]

Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part One: The Pioneers

“QUANTUM SHOT” #785 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams The Thrilling Story Of The Land Speed Record and The Fastest Men On Earth  Today we have a look at just a few of the amazing vehicles that have broken or attempted to break land speed records, since [...]

Presidents and Their Cars

Jason Torchinsky of Jalopink wrote ten statements about American Presidents and automobiles. Only five of them are true. Can you figure out which ones? Check out the answers at the link: 1. The first President to serve at a time when there was an American-built automobile was Thomas Jefferson. 2. The first car a President ever rode [...]

Land Speed Record Bid Could Make Space Flight Safer

By developing new rocket technology on the land scientists hope to help aid in safer space travel. It sounds counter intuitive, however the group making the bid for the land speed record thinks it could lead to a breakthrough in safer space travel. So says Daniel Jubb, who is the founder of military rocket motor [...]

How Fast Can You Go on a… Lawnmower?

When you think land-speed records, you usually think Lamborghini or Ferrari. You think Bonneville Salt Flats and Frank Lockhart and rocket-powered super cars that go 500 mph, or even 763 mph, as Andy Green did in 1997. What you don’t think of, however, is a man named Bob Cleveland, who holds the land speed record on [...]

Autonomous Robotic Race Car

(YouTube Link) Stanford University’s robotics lab has built autonomous cars for several years. Recently, it established a land speed record for a robot car — 140 mph in an Audi TT-S nicknamed “Shelly”. But their next goal is even more ambitious: to have Shelly race the twisted dirt road that leads up to Pike’s Peak. Chris [...]