Bob visited the Hereford Group Training Association on Wednesday 29th January 2014 in order to see the 1,000 mph Land Speed Record Show Car “Bloodhound” on display at their training centre in Holmer Road. It is the centre piece of a schools initiative promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and was on show for two weeks until the end of January. Over 1,200 pupils visited the exhibition. The exhibition included a scale model in glass fibre and personnel ran various projects for the visiting students which included a simulator driving the vehicle at the track in South Africa with simulated speeds of up to 1,050 mph.
Bob was greeted and shown around by the Managing Director, Mr Philip Round. It was an absolutely fascinating tour and Bob was delighted to have had the opportunity to see “Bloodhound” and to learn more about the complexities and the time and work involved in attempting a Land Speed Record in excess of 1,000 mph. As Philip pointed out, it requires a Formula 1 engine to drive the fuel pump of the main engines.