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Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2020 8:02 pm    Post subject: 3.58 second 1/4 mile

http://www.draglist.com/stories/SOD%20Mar%202002/SOD-030402.htm

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Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2020 9:01 am    Post subject:

We had Rosco Mcglashan do a talk at a DLRA meeting a few years ago. He told us of his experiences with jet cars and rockets. He started out with rocket cars and they were incredably quick, setting unheard of ET's, but by normal drag race spectator standards, very boring to watch. So they swapped to jets and the rest was history, lots of flames and noise and happy crowds. But they never went as fast.

Also tells a very good story about a rocket propelled go-kart that he drove (piloted) in the States. Some guy (somebody will know his name) built this bloody thing but didn't have the guts (too much brains) to drive it. So Rosco's at his place one day and says he'll give it a go. The next thing they're out on a track somewhere, Rosco sittin in the kart and this guy standing a quarter of a mile away, to give him the nod when to shut off. Well old Rosco hits the go button, his eyes sink to the back of his head and before he's even had time to shut it off he's streaked past his mate. No times or speeds, but it must have been a hell of a ride.

Did a little searching and came up with this.
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Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2020 10:12 am    Post subject:

There was a cool rocket Kart in the motor museum in York W.A.,, lots of other quirky stuff too. For those in the great sandy state,
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Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2020 10:38 am    Post subject:

Franky wrote:
There was a cool rocket Kart in the motor museum in York W.A.,, lots of other quirky stuff too. For those in the great sandy state,


I'm pretty sure that was Rosco's. I used to surf with Rosco every now and then down at Mettams Pool. He's a goat boater and a crazy bastard, but we all already knew that!
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Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2020 8:06 pm    Post subject:

One of my mate's swears this is true....quite a few years ago, Terry Scully fitted a meteor jet motor in the back of an XP station wagon. This engine was held down with a couple of those lockdown truck chains.

He allegely ran it down Calder with no parachute and nothing to stop him but the factory XP brakes. The only safety device fitted was a kill switch.

Real thrill seekers stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2020 6:36 am    Post subject:

My old man told me a story about fitting a jet motor to an old Peugeot 505 (I think) and running it down the back of Homebush Bay in the 60's... though he is want to tell these kinds of stories, but I do have a photo around here somewhere of his channelled 34 coupe from back in the day... now where is it...
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Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2020 7:55 am    Post subject:

Talkin about this stuff reminds me about the Urban Myth and Darwin Award Winner, make me laugh every time I think about it;

Quote:
The Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded into the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The wreckage resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it was a car. The type of car was unidentifiable at the scene. The lab finally figured out what it was and what had happened.

It seems that a guy had somehow gotten hold of a JATO unit (Jet Assisted Take Off - actually a solid fuel rocket) that is used to give heavy military
transport planes an extra "push" for taking off from short airfields. He had driven his Chevy Impala out into the desert and found a long, straight stretch of road. Then he attached the JATO unit to his car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired off the JATO!

The facts as best as could be determined are that the operator of the 1967 Impala hit the JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from the crash site. This was established by the prominent scorched and melted asphalt at that location.

The JATO, if operating properly, would have reached maximum thrust within 5 seconds, causing the Chevy to reach speeds well in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional 20-25 seconds.

The driver, soon to be pilot, most likely would have experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog-fighting F-14 jocks under full afterburners, basically causing him to become insignificant for the remainder of the event. However, the automobile remained on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles (15-20 seconds) before the driver applied and completely melted the brakes, blowing the tires and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface, then becoming airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacting the cliff face at a height of 125 feet leaving a blackened crater 3 feet deep in the rock.

Most of the driver's remains were not recoverable; however, small fragments of bone, teeth and hair were extracted from the crater and fingernail and bone shards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion of the steering wheel.

Epilog:
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It has been calculated that this moron nearly reached Mach I, attaining a ground-speed of approximately 420 mph.


http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1995-04.html

http://www.urbanlegends.com/legends/The_Flying_Chevy_Impala.html
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Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2020 4:36 pm    Post subject:

Here's our twin Jumo turbojet powered work truck





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Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2020 5:57 pm    Post subject:

gregwapling wrote:
We had Rosco Mcglashan do a talk at a DLRA meeting a few years ago. He told us of his experiences with jet cars and rockets. He started out with rocket cars and they were incredably quick, setting unheard of ET's, but by normal drag race spectator standards, very boring to watch. So they swapped to jets and the rest was history, lots of flames and noise and happy crowds. But they never went as fast.

Also tells a very good story about a rocket propelled go-kart that he drove (piloted) in the States. Some guy (somebody will know his name) built this bloody thing but didn't have the guts (too much brains) to drive it. So Rosco's at his place one day and says he'll give it a go. The next thing they're out on a track somewhere, Rosco sittin in the kart and this guy standing a quarter of a mile away, to give him the nod when to shut off. Well old Rosco hits the go button, his eyes sink to the back of his head and before he's even had time to shut it off he's streaked past his mate. No times or speeds, but it must have been a hell of a ride.

Did a little searching and came up with this.


Ok, Roscos website is
http://www.aussieinvader.com
which appears to be down at the moment, however Ken Warbys site IS working
http://www.kenwarby.com and the link on Kens site is http://www.kenwarby.com/wlsr.htm
so go look them up.
Ive known Rosco for years now, first met him when I was helping Glen Davis build the twin V12 R/R engined land speed record attempt car.
From memory there were three of those hydrogen peroxide powered karts built, and Rosco was the only one to survive driving one of them.
Rosco also supplied the engine for the donut king jet van which is doing the rounds at the moment.
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Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2020 4:56 pm    Post subject:

JIMBOB wrote:
Here's our twin Jumo turbojet powered work truck




Jimbob are they off an Me262
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Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2020 3:23 pm    Post subject:

I read about the Darwin award jet car some time ago, Man if you had decided it was time, what a way to go.

Actually it would be more of a terror ride, totally out of control, you would probally die of fright before you hit anything.

The big problem our moron had was being a solid fuel rocket there is no way to shut it down, the fuel has be all burnt. Maybe that's the way he wanted it ?????
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Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2020 7:07 pm    Post subject:

Bcal wrote:

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Jimbob are they off an Me262


Correct. You really do know your aircraft, dont you

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Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2020 9:09 pm    Post subject:

JIMBOB wrote:
Bcal wrote:

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Jimbob are they off an Me262


Correct. You really do know your aircraft, dont you

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Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2020 9:19 pm    Post subject:

You can look up minature gas turbines on the web, they spin to 90000 RPM, and the enthusiasts that play with them have little test stands and everything to run them up.

fun, but....
My brother told me one guy hooked one up to his bicycle and made it go 120 Mph....

urban myth? perhaps, he said he saw it on TV....

If i figure out how much thrust they have, and how much air resistance a guy has on a bicycle, maybe it could be mathematically verified!
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Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2020 10:13 am    Post subject:

I saw that tv show, it didn't remind me it was that fast. You should have seen the looks he was getting as he rocketed down the street. People were looking into the sky for the plane.It had the real jet sound.

Those minature engines are for sale around $2,000

The announcer showed one in pieces and the fans looked very much like they were off a car turbo.
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