A very welcome sight today was receiving our new 2" fuel hose with stainless steel hose ends imported from Germany and expertly assembled by HDS Hoses in
Perth. HDS are the best hose builders in our state and specialize in Industrial, Earthmoving, Mining and Offshore hose assembly and Testing. Jason, Lisa and the professional HDS team have given our project a remarkable amount of support and we look forward to them joining us on our BIG Day. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you HDS team for your support
so when are you going for this record, but when you do i hope everything goes well for you.
Good luck Rosco
Small Steps to a Grand Finish ✌
Congratulations Rosco, every step is one step closer
Nice work my friend 🙂
Looking good Rosco.
lets get her rolling
When will you run for a record? I’ve been watching but so far you’ve not made a run.
That smile is like a kid with a birthday present. Well done Rosco McGlashan and team and to all the companies supporting you with magnificent work, supplies, parts etc It's going to be great to see you achieve your dream, you've certainly worked long and hard enough to deserve it 👍👍👍🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠
Thought that was ya new e v charger for it ,!! Ha ha
When is the big day mate? We’re all following closely, are you still aiming for in in west Aus
Thanks Rosco can’t wait to see this record 👍👍
My really good Friends in Rockingham told me they made the Steering wheel ??
i put my hand up to be the first pilot. xxx
What type of sealing face do they have?
HDS Henderson’s reliable and knowledgeable
Hey Rosco is it a suction or pressure line , what psi does it need to hold
Thats a "big hose " Rosco McGlashan ... I'm jealous 👍🏻👍🏻🧐🤣
Sad news, Peter Briggs - Entrepreneur, Car Collector dies at age 83
Prominent West Australian businessman and car collector, Peter Briggs, was born in the United Kingdom in February 1939, just months before war was declared. He and his family endured the London Blitz and after the war, migrated first to Canada and then to Australia, seeking a new life away from war-ravaged Europe.
The Briggs family arrived in Perth when Peter was eight years of age. School was not for him, and he left at age 15. He obtained an apprenticeship as a carpenter. He met Robin Villiers when he was 16 years of age. They married in 1962 and they were inseparable for 67 years.
Peter studied to become a builder and qualified as a quantity surveyor, working for the Public Works Department. From an early age he had an entrepreneurial streak and it wasn’t long before he left the confines of government and went out on his own as a property developer.
Since his early years in London, he had a passion for motor cars. As soon as he could afford his own wheels, he bought a 1948 Morris Minor lowlight convertible for £50. After he married, he bought his first MG sports car — an MG TF. He couldn’t stop at one, and his interest in the MG marque soon included an MGA 1600. He and a couple of friends formed the MG Car Club in Perth.
With what he described as “the exuberance of youth” he began racing at the old Caversham circuit in the Swan Valley. When he purchased motoring legend Norm Beechey’s 500 horsepower Monaro he was regularly at the front of the field. In 1971, he won the WA Touring Car Championship at Wanneroo Raceway.
After recovering from bankruptcy in 1972, he changed professions from property developer to mining entrepreneur. Peter moved his business interests from the low margins and intense competition in property development, to the resource industry which was booming. He transformed publicly listed companies into new entities. During his business career, he controlled more than 30 listed companies with interests ranging from oil and gas production in the USA, exploration and oil and gas drilling in the Middle East and Australia, and perhaps most successfully in the WA gold mining industry. He was instrumental in bringing into production the Marvel Loch, Pine Creek, Nevoria, Paringa and the Sons of Gwalia gold mines. At one time, he boasted that he was Australia’s second largest gold producer.
His success in the mining industry enabled him to indulge his passion for classic cars. He owned more than 200 cars in his lifetime. He drove his cars in rallies all over the world and with Robin navigating they won the Historic Monte Carlo Rally twice.
The town of York in the Avon Valley owes a great deal to Peter Briggs. The York Motor Museum was the brainchild of Peter Briggs and James Harwood. At the Concours d’Elegance of the Rolls-Royce Club in Kings Park, Perth in 1979, sports car dealer James Harwood suggested to Peter Briggs that York would be a great location for a car museum. They opened the museum with 15 cars in December 1979.
Peter was soon buying cars at international classic car auctions and shipping them to York. It was the finest collection of classic cars Australia had ever seen and motoring enthusiasts from all over the world came to York to view the collection.
Peter Briggs described York as a “shanty town” of decrepit buildings when he first visited — but he thought that the buildings had enormous potential if they could be restored. He quickly realised that the promotion of York as the quintessential Australian town was essential to making the museum a success. For the town to be successful it had to offer attractions, quality accommodation and fine meals. He then set about purchasing other buildings with the aim of making York the most significant inland tourism town in Western Australia.
His first major purchase was Settlers House. Country towns were in decline and hotels were closing all over the State. Settlers House became the first new inland hotel in Western Australia for decades and awakened the Avon Valley to the possibilities in tourism.
It didn’t take long for Peter Briggs and James Harwood to think about a motorsport event for York. Inspired by the “round-the-houses” race events which had been popular in Western Australia from the 1930s to the 1960s, they created the concept of the York Flying 50. At its peak, the event attracted 18,000 visitors to York. A club was created by the business partners to help run the event. The Vintage Sports Car Club is now one of the largest old car clubs in Western Australia and conducts events at Northam and Albany.
Northam was the next town to get the Briggs tourist treatment. He purchased the Shamrock Hotel and spent millions renovating it to a level unseen in the Avon Valley. The hotel won many awards and along with his other hotels, Settlers House and the York Hotel, it formed the basis of a new emphasis on quality accommodation across the Avon Valley.
Peter Briggs’ efforts with the York Motor Museum and stimulating tourism through the Avon Valley were rewarded in 1984 when the Museum won the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism when there was only one award category. In 2005, he was awarded the Sir David Brand Medal for his individual contribution to tourism in the State.
Peter also had a lifelong interest in yachting and his yacht named Hitchhiker with its distinctive red thumb on the spinnaker brought him international fame and was a feature on the local yachting scene for decades. Sailing for the Royal Perth Yacht Club, he represented Australia in the 1981 and 1983 Admirals Cup teams and won the World Two Ton Championships in Sardinia, Italy.
Australia’s America’s Cup win provided Peter with the opportunity to start a number of tourism businesses. He was a pioneer of boutique brewing in Australia. He funded the first boutique brewery in Australia at the Sail and Anchor Hotel in Fremantle, and the Matilda Bay Brewing Company and its acclaimed Redback beer. He was a major investor in the Dome chain of cafes which revolutionised fine coffee roasting and community cafes in Australia. He established his first Fremantle Motor Museum at the Rolly Tasker Building in North Fremantle during the America’s Cup defence year.
During the 1980s, Peter Briggs was a corporate high flyer, lunching at the Mediterranean Restaurant in Subiaco with Perth’s business elite and doing many deals. A tax scheme attracted the attention of the Taxation Department and although he mounted a stout defence, he was found guilty of tax avoidance. After serving time, he bounced back and continued to invest in new business enterprises.
While Peter enjoyed years of pleasure driving and rallying motor cars, his powerful Maybach III very nearly ended his life at Phillip Island in 1994. He crashed while racing at more than 160 km/h. The doctors debated whether to remove his leg, but after 10 hours of surgery and 14 screws and bolts they managed to piece him back together. Irrepressible, he drove at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK only four months after leaving hospital.
The crash spelt the end of his motor racing adventures but not his interest in classic cars. While his first love was MG sports cars, he also developed a passion for the Bentley marque. The sight of his supercharged Bentley thundering around the streets of York during the Flying 50 thrilled the crowds. Along with several like-minded individuals, he formed the Bentley Drivers’ Club of WA in 1998. He was the current president of the club when he passed away.
He enjoyed showing his cars as much as driving them. He was encouraged to open a new motor museum in Fremantle in December 2002 but his entrepreneurial enthusiasm was not a good fit with the conservative management of Victoria Quay and the museum closed five years later.
He always said that he was born to be an entrepreneur and it was not something that could be taught. In later years, Peter Briggs continued to pursue new business plans, eager to do new deals and make an impact on the business world. He regarded life as a great adventure and once called himself an “adventure capitalist”. He was an eternal optimist who refused to be constrained by negativity or people who would say that things couldn’t be done. For him, everything was possible. If a business deal failed, he would not give it a second thought and he would move on quickly to the next big idea.
He showed his cars at Concours events all over the world, winning awards at Pebble Beach in California, Villa d’Este in Italy, and New Delhi in India.
In 2017, the York Motor Museum was purchased by a consortium of York motoring enthusiasts, the Avon Valley Motor Museum Association. With the core display comprising cars from the Peter Briggs collection, the new ownership ensured that the museum would be a vital part of the local community for years to come. “I hope that my collection of fine cars gives as much pleasure to you as it does to me,” said Peter Briggs at the time.
The constant in his life was the love for his family. Peter Briggs is survived by his wife Robin, his two daughters Heidi and Jodie, and four grandchildren.
Peter Briggs will be remembered as a proud West Australian, fearless businessman, one of Australia’s greatest car collectors and a pioneer of the tourism industry. ... See MoreSee Less
I had the pleasure of meeting Peter on a number of occasions in different places. He was always just a genuinely nice guy
He was a lovely man. I was fortunate enough to drive a few of his cars, and to be custodian of his ‘58 Corvette for a short time. He will be missed
Hoping to visit the town of York and the motor museum next february. A great legacy for W.A.
Richard Summergreene the legacy remains. We'll get there one day.
sad news rip
A life well lived.
Might be interesting to visit Margy the York Motor Museum.
A great loss.
Green Toyota Corona on the left. Dad had one late 60's, early 70's. Said it was the worse car he ever had, always breaking down.
Sad news: man who got rich stealing the labour of other dies!
Mark Trouchet 😭
R I P Peter.
Today we received a shipment of our wheel bearing metal treatment product from our friends at SMT2 in Brisbane. This company produces many space age products, some that achieve better fuel consumption with fewer nasty emissions. The product which we have proven to be a world beater is their Synthetic Metal Treatment. We used this brilliant product on both our previous LSR cars Aussie Invaders 2 and 3 knowing that a wheel bearing failure at over 1000 km/h could end our record chasing days in a possible catastrophic high speed accident. Our rocket powered Aussie Invader 5R car is using a quad bearing set produced exclusively by SKF Australia for our 1000 MPH mission. Their 7020ACD/P4AQBCA bearings were selected for their ability to spin up from static to 10,000 rpm in 21 seconds. Obviously we need to know that we are using the best possible products on earth.
Thank you extremely Peter, Susan and the mighty SMT2 crew and all our friends at SKF Bearings. ... See MoreSee Less
Thats great, keep at it the project is really coming together .
I swear by SMT2, it's the duck's guts.
Thank you for your support SMT2
Awesome product..go go Rosco 😊
This caught my eye today…Richard Noble's record breaking fascination was inspired by the sight of John Cobb's ill fated jet powered water speed record contender Crusader, now with the 70th anniversary of Cobb's demise in sight it seems appropriate that Richard should turn his attention to speed on water -
Check out the project website at - thrustwsh.com/ ... See MoreSee Less
I'm hoping young Warby breaks his dads record. Was the most awesome inspiring sight I have ever seen Watching Ken Warby do it on Blowering Dam in NSW.
Here we go again. He couldn't get Bloodhound over the line, even with the millions of pounds pumped into it by multiple companies and private donations. Trying to pump the same story, and pull on everybody's heart strings with the education component and pushing STEM again. I was involved in delivering a number of in-school education presentations both here in Oz and in the UK. Somebody should tell him it's not just delivering the dream, there's also delivering the success, something he fell well short of.
I hope it does not turn into another Bloodhound for him, endlessly delayed with no true end in sight.
Looks like a water version of one of your cars mate
Should be drumming up cash to get bloodhound over the line instead.
KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid. Bloodhound was just too complicated as a project. The whole education angle was admirable, but it lost focus. It looks like this project might head the same way.
I spent ten years on the bloodhoundssc project and would like to thank Richard and the team for giving me the opportunity to do things and achieve goals I would never had had the chance to do , if I hadn’t got involved . Plus making lots of great friends in the way 😄
How about he finishes the Bloodhound first.
A 4 point hull, really? 🙄
Drum up the cash and buy Bloodhound back first, unfinished business comes first Richard.
Four-pointers are a proven configuration. I see nothing about this boat which suggests to me it won't work .
That just open set up website 48 age
We were excited to learn that our great friends and sponsors of aerospace quality aluminium products CALM Aluminium have now re-located one of their best reps to work from Western Australia. Calm Aluminium have been a lifeline to our project with the supply and sponsorship of all of our high grade aluminium products used in the construction of our wheels, air-brakes, rocket interface, canards, Orbital Propellant module tubes, brake mountings, tail fin, just to mention the major jobs. We caught up with John Langridge and his lovely wife Karen last week to give them a guided tour of our Aussie Invader and show them where a large chunk of their profits have disappeared to over the past years by supporting us. Thank you CALM ALUMINIUM for your MEGA SUPPORT and if anyone of our loyal followers requires quality aluminium for your specialist project, please don't hesitate to call CALM ALIMINIUM and tell em' Rosco sent you! ... See MoreSee Less
Looking awesome guys.