Land speed record contender visits Barnstaple

Joseph Bulmer

Richard Noble OBE and his Bloodhound car at Petroc as part of major science event.

A land speed record guru and his new 1,000 miles-per-hour supersonic car will be among the attractions at a major scientific entertainment event at Petroc in Barnstaple on Thursday (December 8.)

Richard Noble OBE and his creation the Bloodhound – being readied for an attempt at breaking the 1,000mph barrier for the first time - will be at the free public event hosted by the college from 5.30pm.

There will also be an eye-catching explosive science show, interactive workshops and exhibitions - visitors can even experience driving at supersonic speed, in the Bloodhound driving simulator.

It is being organised by the college as part of its role as regional lead for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Visitors will get the chance to see the Bloodhound and talk to its creator, who will also be giving a presentation on his land speed record experiences.

Richard himself broke the record in 1983 when his attempt in America saw his Thrust2 car reached 633.468 mph.

In 1997 the Thrust SSC supersonic car developed by Richard Noble and driven by RAF fighter pilot Wing Commander Andy Green at Black Rock, Nevada, reached 763 mph and became the first car to officially break the sound barrier.

In the next year or two it is hoped the new rocket and jet-powered Bloodhound SSC will smash that record by breaching the magic 1,000 barrier.

All are welcome to attend tomorrow’s free event, but places are limited and must be booked in advance by emailing