Let’s face it, we love speed. We like to go that bit faster on motorways, hoping there are no police cars around. We doubtlessly rejoiced when Roman chariots raced around The Coliseum and we glowed with national pride when The Cutty Sark sailed from London to Melbourne in a record breaking 61 days, especially as she had lost the tea clipper race of 1872. This sail powered record persisted as the world welcomed the arrival of steam ships and the route was shortened due to the opening of the Suez Canal.
We were ecstatic when Donald Campbell added the land speed record to his water speed record in 1964. We marvelled at The Flying Scotsman reaching a speed of 100 m.p.h. in 1934 and that The Mallard zoomed from London to Edinburgh, a journey of 352 miles in just 8 hours achieving a top speed of 125 m.p.h. beating the 1936 German world record holder of the day. This summer at The Rio Olympics, we not only want to see Great Britain win gold medals but also see Olympic and world records broken. Continue reading →
Let’s face it, we are generally obsessed with speed. We’re fascinated with Usain Bolt’s recent world 100 metres record of 9.58 seconds. We are impressed by the latest fibre optic cable broadband that can download the average length film in less than 20 seconds or all the episodes of “Friends” in under 10 minutes.
We marvelled at the first Japanese high speed “bullet” train that travelled from Tokyo to Osaka at 130 m.p.h. and cut the journey time from 4hours to a little over 3 hours. We were proud when British Rail introduced the “125” trains in 1967 even though these trains travelled slightly slower than the famous Mallard which set the speed record for the fastest steam train in the world of 126 m.p.h. back in July 1938 which stands to this day. Continue reading →