The first piece of underpass artwork that caught my attention was a mural in Woking, which summarised the destruction of Woking by the Martin Tripods in H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds". My eye was caught again this month whilst I was walking through Andover. Between Junction Road and the town centre there is an underpass that is adorned with pictures of vehicles that have previously held land speed records. The mural was too good to just pass by, so I had to stop and take some pictures.
Working from the dates and speeds that are shown on the mural I believe the vehicles depicted are those in the below table. However, it should be noted that some of the speeds detailed in the mural differ from those quoted on Wikipedia, also it seems that some records were measured over a mile and some over a kilometre, which gives some variability to the numbers. It is also interesting that the mural depicts a vehicle called “Goldenrod” from 1965, which going by Wikipedia was not a record holder as it was slower than “Green Monster” from 1964!
La Jamais Contente
Oeuf de Pâques
Ford 999 Racer
Benz No 3
200 hp (150 kW)
Sunbeam Slug (Mystery) 1000HP
Railton Mobil Special
Blue Bird CN7
The Blue Flame
So it seems that in the 100 years from 1898 to 1997 man increased his maximum land speed from 57.65 mph to an impressive 763.035 mph. So the question is, how much further can this record be pushed in the next 100 years? It seems that 1000 mph is only just around the corner!
|Blue Bird (1935) & Stanley Rocket (1906).|
|The Blue Flame (1970) & Goldenrod (1965).|
|Blue Bird CN7 (1964) & Benz No 3 (1914).|
|Golden Arrow (1929).|
|Green Monster (1964), Gardner-Serpollet Oeuf de Pâques (1902) & Blue Bird (1928).|
|Railton Mobil Special (1947) & La Jamais Contente (1899).|
|Sunbeam Slug (1927), Sunbeam 350HP (1925), Ford 999 Racer (1904) & Jeantaud Duc (1898).|
|Thrust 2 (1983) & Sunbeam (1925).|
|Thrust SSC (1997) & Unidentified!|
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