In 1999 Richard Brown rode his rocket powered Gillette Mach 3 Challenger, which he
also designed and built, on the Bonneville Salt Flats to an officially timed one
way speed of 332.887mph peaking at 365mph. Unable to make a return run to secure
the outright record due to technical issues relating to the poor course conditions
Richard at least had the satisfaction of knowing that he had exceeded the highest
speed previously seen for a two wheeled vehicle and, in fact, it was to be another
seven years before anyone went faster still.
Using the experience gained from the Gillette Mach 3 Challenger Richard is now back
with another thrust powered two wheeled engineering speed project called Jet Reaction.
This time the design utilises a turboshaft helicopter engine converted to a pure
thrust turbojet complete with an afterburner.
The aim, however, remains the same, to return the Outright World Two Wheeled Land
Speed Record to Great Britain for the first time since 1937.
The speed to beat is now 376.363mph.
Follow Richard’s build up to the record challenge with Jet Reaction through our website,
on Facebook and Twitter as the final shakedown runs are undertaken in the UK prior
to the planned attempt at the Mike Cook Shootout land speed racing event on
the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah in September 2014.