If you’ve got a few hours to spare this weekend, the Lake Perkolilli team will be at the WA Hot Rod Show in Perth at the Claremont Showgrounds all weekend.
We have supported these guys in the past, visiting their last meeting.
A feature is Graeme Lockhart’s 1926 Ford Model T “Gow Job” which he has built specially for September. The old warhorse Cranston V8 Special also has had a facelift for the Red Dust Revival. They also have the only 1912 Cora motorcycle left in the world in the display of bikes which will be burning up the clay. ... See MoreSee Less
New shirts have just arrived through our merchandise sponsor, Tangibility. Will be up on their website soon. Only 50 initially, so may need to be quick, but will post again when ready for sale, and hopefully we will produce more soon. ... See MoreSee Less
Team member Barry Fitzsimmons on a quick trip to the UK and managed to catch up with our great engineer Paul Martin. Paul has been a real star for us, designing our “floating” canards and our ground breaking air brakes. ... See MoreSee Less
Great footage from Warby Motorsport of Spirit 2 going through its paces.
Warby Motorsport - Spirit 2 - The Fastest Team on Water Many thanks to the whole team @littleripperlifesaver for all of your help keeping Dave safe and awesome footage. 3 clips from our Mother's Day Runs. Hammering down and touching into the 240's Cheers Road Tech Marine - RTM Jaycar Electronics BEASTWEAR @certusAPAC @fundamentalmedia you guys keep us running ... See MoreSee Less
Wanneroo Rotary Club paid us a visit this past week. These great people are the salt of the earth and are a brilliant asset to our local community, and also great supporters of our project. We enjoyed a fun night with me giving an update on our car and showing off the progress we have made since their last visit a few years back. The Paul Conti Wines where a great hit and several pioneering families of our area attended. ... See MoreSee Less
We have just converted our drogue guns from using gas generators to compressed air fired units. Our SDR designed and built guns were perfect but we could not find suitably powered gas squibs to launch our deployment bolt from the gun to the desired distance behind our car. Our squibs were either way too powerful or too weak. Using compressed air and a Just Valves big bore electric solenoid, we now have this problem solved. We now also have the ability to turn the pressure up or down depending on race venue conditions. ... See MoreSee Less
A nice piece on whether the Budweiser Rocket Car went supersonic or not!A brief history of the Budweiser Rocket car and the controversy surrounding its claim to have gone supersonic. Sills and footage from unknown / uncredited so... ... See MoreSee Less
Pretty sure the rules state 4 wheels are required to set official records
Close but no cigar..
Great piece 🤙
I think the car was getting damn close to Mach 1 and the transonic shock waves were evidently causing the car to lift at the rear - super brave driver - but by ignoring the rules all credibility was lost 🤔
zero quality data, 3 wheels not 4, only 1 pass not a 2nd in the opposite direction within the hour and no sonic boom. Stan Barrett although extremely brave is a fraud by claiming the sound barrier. personally in my mind, Andy Green was the first. the SSC met all the rules criteria, driven per the rules with accurate timing and produced a sonic boom. it's a no brainer in my book.
Incredible run nonetheless
What do you think Rosco
No sonic boom?
They most certainly did something that's for sure, but the sound barrier? I doubt it.
Thanks for sharing my video - glad you enjoyed it!
They did something right, it's in the Smithsonian.
Well done Eric Teboul. Shame ANDRA would never let me run my rocket bike in the 80s!Frenchman Eric Teboul pictured at this year's Santa Pod Festival of Power event with his hydrogen peroxide rocket powered bike which has set numerous records on the drag strips. ... See MoreSee Less
must be an awesome experience sitting on the start line in near silence then pushing the red button..... would be great to see it side by side with something like Jay Uptons top fuel bike just to compare
Is that single rocket powered bike rossco.
Haven't been for a while but have seen side by side rocket car racing with Sammy Miller's Vanishing Point, and the Oxygen car some years ago at Santa Pod.. Have also seen Eric in action and I do find it incredible that he only dare use something like a quarter of the power. Imagination running your rocket bike and Eric's on the track at the same time, that would be some sight to see. 🙂
Sometimes Andra Suck! Just Sayna
Pure hydrogen peroxide is bloody dangerous though, worse than hydrazine.
Great to have a visit from Senator Michaelia Cash, and thanks to MP Ian Goodenough for the introduction and your continued support for our project. We hope to make Australia proud. 👍 ... See MoreSee Less
Looking good mate, you and Sheryle have a wonderful Easter 🐣
Hope they brought their cheque books with them. Make a call to Bill Shorten to make sure you get $$$$ promises from both sides so you're not backing the wrong horse. Good luck Rosco and hope Aussie dollars help fuel your mission to keep Australia proud of its achievements.
did they stump up any money or are they being typical politicians pressing skin for a pre election photo op?
I'm guessing the latter.
It was great to catch up with an old friend today, Air Vice Marshall Neil Smith (retired) with his lovely wife Maria. Neil was one of our best RAAF supporters, a guy who helped us source our ATAR Mirage engines and get them operational. He dropped in from our East Coast to check on the progress of our Aussie Invader 5R and to have a beer. A brilliant man, and without his support we would have been waiting forever to complete Aussie Invader 2. ... See MoreSee Less
If you watch the short video until the end, you will see the world’s fastest U-turn. Estimated Craig was travelling at 675mph at the time. We believe this was caused by the shock wave travelling down the car and causing lift on the large rear wheel supports. With Craig sitting so far forward, he was unable to feel this starting to happen. We hope to overcome this with our “V” shaped underbelly and the driver sitting two thirds of the way back.My tribute to Craig Breedlove - a true hotrodder and metal maestro if ever there was one. Originally I used John Parr's "St Elmo's Fire" as the soundtrack bu... ... See MoreSee Less
Yes crosswinds wouldn’t have helped, but also that car would be going transonic and a large shockwave moving down the car would have also started to create lift.
Craig Breedlove may find possibly the only lake in a million miles (if ever the Earth was that big) in a desert to sink a land speed record car in water, or at over 600mph look at a track at an unusual angle. But looking for inspiration and a good example to the words "never give up because in the end you'll get there". What a legend! Respects!
There is something special about watching cars (& boats) travelling at speed - they are simply awe inspiring & the rooster tails are fascinating 👍🏻
There was also a cross wind on the run.
The story I heard (I don't know if it's true) is that a gust of wind hit the tail and flipped the car.
I believe there was also a misunderstanding of the magnitude of the cross wind according to the team
What happened to the car in later years? Clearly it was fast enough in these early runs.
I think some UK politicians have U Turned faster than that recently 😰
Plus you’ve got a tail on the fin to counteract any lift 👍
Tank System Update - Rosco and team member Barry Fitzsimmons met with Kurt and Steve from Hardchrome Sales and received a tour of their huge and impressive workshop. ”We have great confidence that the machining of the long aluminium tubes for the Propellant Module would not be a problem for them”, said Rosco. Earlier Rosco talked to Jamie and Dave at Hallite about seals, etc. for the end caps and pistons, as they are going to make a set of custom designed seals & guides for the tank system. Phill Pampling kindly offered to prepare the CAD drawings for the machining of these parts. ... See MoreSee Less
Such a beautiful car, I loved every minute working on her with the most amazing team
Fond childhood memories hanging with my Dad & Roscoe 💙🇦🇺❤
It will only pay for a fraction of the next conquest. What a machine. Be proud
Any news on who the buyer was yet?
Well done Rosco!
It should be 1 million if you compare it to exotic vehicles, wouldn't be surprised it cost that to develop
I thought you already sold this a year or so ago?
I remember unloading her at Pearce and watching her run tests on rubber 7.50-16's against a Macchi
She had the macchi beat at over 300 until it got airborne
Hell of a lot of good memories
Now there's an expensive addition to somebodys man cave...😄
A good price but sad to see.
Ian Warhurst / The Bloodhound Project (Bloodhound Land Speed Record) bought Bloodhoundssc Technical Centre for an undisclosed sum. It's gone to a great guy though, and looks like it is going to go much faster than the 200 mph or so it did at Newquay Aerodrome (limited by the English Electric Lightening tyres it was using).
Hopefully it comes back over west.
Dang; beat me by $454,500...
What did it cost to build
She still looks good after all these years, 1 month in the paint shop at Parens , with Mike what a Artist.
Thank you Ian Goodenough MP for your support. Our aim is to showcase our car to a wider audience, raise our projects profile and much needed funds to complete the car and mount our challenge.Rosco McGlashan of Mullaloo plans to showcase Australian innovation by displaying Aussie Invader 5 - his rocket powered car, at the upcoming World Expo in Dubai. Well done for promoting local Aussie ingenuity on the world stage! Aussie Invader - World Land Speed Record Challenger ... See MoreSee Less
brilliant news.just a shame they didn't let bloodhound ambassadors know i feel i've been kicked in the teeth.
It's good but the focus still needs to be on the 1000MPH as land speed records will come and go but it is always the 'firsts' that people will remember e.g. first to 100mph, first to break the sound barrier, first to go 1000mph etc
Richard Noble is certainly absent from the article!
Aussie Invader 5R - 10 years in the making, watch it all in 10 minutes! PLEASE SHARE.10 years in the making and soon to challenge for the World Land Speed Record, Aussie Invader 5R is a 52ft long rocket car currently under construction in Per... ... See MoreSee Less
10 years in the making and soon to challenge for the World Land Speed Record, Aussie Invader 5R is a 52ft long rocket car currently under construction in Perth, Western Australia. When finished it should be able to accelerate from 0 - 1000mph in just over 20 seconds. It's powered by a bi-propellant....
Some of the early shots bring back memories of all those years ago when it was steel tube and Di Candilo's best employee Peter Walsh and little Brendon always came around and offer some sound advice..lol
So its amazing to see the finished dream that Rosco had envisioned all those years ago.
So well done to Rosco and the team behind the man.. it looks great..
Great stuff Rosco and Aussie Invader Team, awesome effort to get this far, can't wait to see the finished product running down the track 👍👍
Keep going Rosco!!
Great job .. im interested in your thoughts about the Poms 1000mph build and there carbon fibre construction and most of all can you beat them??
Awesome video and a awesome effort by Rosco and the Aussie Invader Team.👍
Thanks for the insight into this awesome creation. My daughter is aiming for a career in engineering and you guys are showing her that anything is possible if you follow your passion. The ripple effect of your efforts are priceless. Thank you.
Good to see steady progress. We're back to planning out and financing the rest of the build I believe. Hope to see the results soon, as we have our mini education program poised for some car action.
This has been a huge job assembling this centre support of our propellant tanks framework. Very special thanks must go to Di Candilo Steel City, John D and Peter Walsh for supplying and laser cutting out the 6 leaf clovers which form the main structure of this support. Thanks must also go to Thomas Fabrication for the expert rolling of our tube seats and test circles, Brad Stacy for his brilliant welding work of this intricate construction, Baz Fitzsimmons for the great CAD design, and Air Liquide for the world’s best welding products, and of course the whole Aussie Invader Team for their input. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking forward to watching this.A documentary about age without limits 82, 86 and 76 are the ages of our three protagonists whose lives are revolving around the Bonneville Speedweek, a land speed… ... See MoreSee Less
If you are young, and watch these type of movie,, they,re inspirational. If like me, then its a little bit like looking into a mirror that shows a part of a single dimensional future. I,m 60, and I still ride a motorcycle,, either I have lots of years in front of me,, or it could end tomorrow,, but one should never give up doing what keeps you young.
In this update: Side door fitted; shop improvements; and celebrating our birthday boy! Today's Featured Sponsors Today Von Armstrong, Steve Wallace, David Martinson, Les Holm, Lars Pedersen, Marty Jackson, Zac Hopkins, Omar Chramosta, Chris Greene, Marty Jackson, and Keith Zanghi w
Thomas Fabrications in Bayswater, Perth, have just completed an extremely precise fabrication job for our rocket engine's propellant system. These folks did a first class job on the rolling and forming of our cylinders seats, millimetre perfect. Thank you Brian, Rin and the mighty Crew at Thomas Fabrication. ... See MoreSee Less
As if you aren't all already psyched enough, watch this great footage of Speed Week 2017 by the Street Machine guys.
Your efforts are very much appreciated Glenn Torrens and Simon Davidson
For those that haven't been before, you can learn a lot from watching this.
Later this year David Warby will be going after the world water speed record. He is trying to up the record held by his father, Ken Warby, who has held it for Australia for over 40 years. We wish him all the best.
We have had a few questions recently about our project and we have the answers on our website aussieinvader.com. For all our new supporters, who do not know how we got here, this is a good overview on my past, my machines and the 5R project. ... See MoreSee Less
Great article, Rosco. I still secretly hope you will race here and I will move heaven-and-earth to see it. Failing that, I need to win the lottery so Joe and I can reignite our "funship", not just a friendship. Miss you, You Bloody Legend. Hug the pretty one for us.
Like the go kart picture Rosco! Great support mechanic and handsome!
Love reading the updates mate.
Robyn RobertsonRobyn have a read of this
Great read, thank you and good luck.
Nice story Rosco and Boris Viskovic. Well worth a read and thanks for sharing.
I watched the documentary on foxtel earlier this week. Fascinating project and so much work has gone into this feat. Probably a question you are asked all the time, but when do you think you'll be aiming to do the high speed runs?
Great to have a visit from Lieutenant Sal Malone who is a Seahawk chopper instructor for our Navy, based in Nowra NSW. Sal is very interested in our car, project and team and was in town to pay us a visit and check on the progress of our exciting mission. She looked at home in the driver's seat and had to be forcefully removed. I was fortunate to have Sal instruct me in a Seahawk simulator in Nowra a couple of months ago, and with her fine tuition, I was able to land a Seahawk on a moving ship! It was a fantastic experience. ... See MoreSee Less
Landing a seahawk on a moving ship...the same as riding a motorbike through traffic on one wheel I suspect!
Cool, she's in the right job then 😉
Rosco is she going to be the driver for the womens record
Sign her up as the driver!
Be good to get the ADF to add some sponsorship, as they do in the US
I love the project Rossco and though I have only been a selfie supporter I like the way you present and inform us. I scratch my head how it can be so hard for you to raise the necessary support.
I’ll bet that anyone that has had the privilege of sitting in that drivers seat would need forceful removal. Keep up the great work.
Mark commenced his electronics and systems engineering career in the Royal Navy and subsequently, Royal Australian Navy. Working as an Aircraft Avionics Engineer for close to 20 years. Following his resignation in 2004, Mark moved into the motorsport sector. This culminated in achieving a career amb...
We have talked about that the Aussie Invader project and the Thrust SSC / Bloundhound guys being good friends from way back. I came across these photos of when Richard Noble and Andy Green came to my house for a BBQ in December 1998. Andy took great interest in Aussie Invader 3, the car he had made redundant, with his 763mph record! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
The Impossible Engineering episode about Aussie Invader 5R (series 4, episode 8), has been showing in the UK on Yesterday TV. You should be able to watch it on demand on their UKTV player. ... See MoreSee Less
An excellent programme Rosco! You have put so much hard work into it over the years! You deserve to get some serious MPH! We are going for 800-900mph this year with our own 'model' rocket car! youtu.be/ao00g35bfcQ
Such a stunning looking machine.
Cant wait 2 c this run u got this rossco go kick sum ass mate
Thank you so much for being a part of the Starlight Christmas Party! Captain Starlight, all the kids, dad's and mum's I'm sure will be following watching the Aussie Invader and be cheering Rosco on in 2020!
Man, I want to see that fire up. Are you planning on USA or here at Lake Gairdner?
Awesome looking vehicle. It's all up to you guys now. American eagle has gone, bloodhound has gone as well now. Just goes to show that simple always stays the course. Not saying your car is simple, of course it isn't but in comparison to bloodhound which is so so complicated under the skin. I think that was it's downfall, complexity equals dollars. No pressure now guys! Oh if you need a long course I know a place in South Africa that's ready to go 😭😭
My team and I have been through many highs and lows in land speed record racing, people forget there is a human element to these projects. I am sure Andy, Richard and the team are hurting. This is perfectly summed up by a speech made by Theodore Roosevelt....
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Rosco. Great words and meaningful indeed. We need people of your character and respect in this world.
Wishing you and the crew a Safe and Happy Christmas and may the English crew find a supporter or two in the New Year.
Thank you Sir... we live to inspire!
A great quote too 😢
You are a warm and generous man Roscoe 👏👏
The World's Fastest Indian is a 2005 film that tells the life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years re-building a 1920 Indian motorcycle — a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Directed and written by Roger Donaldson.
Roscoe I hear bloodhound ssc is now for sale as well
Beautiful words Rosco. You know their struggle and all the highs and lows. Let’s pray a light goes on somewhere and they can fire up again. 💖🙏😍🙏
Respect. Thanks Roscoe
Thanks - that's very kind, and very welcome.
This is why we are called the Aussie battlers. Keep up the great work Aussie Invader team. Your day will come!!
Thanks Roscoe. Good luck with the car.
If a Kiwi can do it an Aussie can too. Burt also quoted Theodore Roosevelt
Sad day indeed. We loved these guys and they always helped us when we needed it. Let’s hope that when we break the current record, the British public and the powers that be resurrect the project to try and take the record back. #bloodhoundssc ... See MoreSee Less
We approached the project differently, as there has never been a history in Australia of land speed record racing like the British. Our government, didn’t help us one bit, and in this climate, no government can be seen to put money into a project, without a social payback. What the goverment and MPs missed in Australia is the inspiration of the next generation and feel good factor and pride that comes with national achievement. Without getting too politcal, governments are all about polls and quick return, not long term strategy, that will build a better country. We have had to work on a volunteering and donations basis, picking up sponsors that see the wider picture, when we can. It makes it a lot slower process to build a car, but means we hold our destiny in our own hands. The climate of uncertainty with Brexit, meant companies in the UK didn’t want to commit to unnecessary expenditure.
Ken Warby the current water speed record holder built his boat the same way as us. He’s held the water speed record for 40 years and his son David, is now looking to break the record.
It is a very sad day. We have been working with and for them with model rocket cars. We are going for the sound barrier and beyond with our 'model' rocket cars. We are going to continue in memory of this and push to promote engineering!
Perhaps the Football Association could ask each club to cough up a few hundred thousand each ..... job done!
Has anyone else in the U.K. seen the B.B.C. interview today with Andy Green? Very interesting!
Pioneers, explorers & forward thinking people have always had funding / sponsorship difficulties. The fact that Bloodhound SSC have not pushed through the other side despite their high budget & manpower is a credit to Aussie Invader 5R & the team of amazing volunteers, sponsors & supporters who are still afloat & progressing. Maybe some or even one of Bloodhound SSCs sponsors might still be able to achieve their original goal by supporting Aussie Invader 5R as this is an advanced build.
Hope this can get going again, been following for past couple of years. Such a shame to see all the effort and countless hours go to waste.
Thanks for the kind words Roscoe -you're a good sport - so no pressure then its down to you to get the record 😜😜
I'm just stunned that this project could get so bloody close to reality and fall at the 11th hour ffs?....
After all the time, effort and money already contributed there's a comparative bargain right there for an astute company/ individual to get worldwide exposure when the current barrier is broken?
Aren’t there technologically advancements from projects like this? Bet data recordings for test runs and when the LSR is broken I bet information from that could be handy.
Surely there is someone out there who is cashed up enough that is interested in this . What about Richard Branson it would look good with the Virgin logo on it. I think this is the sort of competition that needs Redbull behind it to get attention.
Call me the eternal optimist if you will and I will accept such comments with good grace, but I think Bloodhound WILL ultimately run and get the record. Think about it - the car is ready, the desert is ready, the team are ready. I have never been one to give in on anything in my entire life, regardless of what is thrown at me and I think the team are of the same attitude. It would, however, be an absolute tragedy if the ten years of intense work put in by so many gifted Engineers and Designers did not see their ultimate goal achieved! Let's pray for the Christmas present that would be someone coming forward to make this happen. Having Bloodhound vie for the record with Aussie Invader in the "Ashes" of the World Land Speed Record would be quite something, wouldn't it?
Is there a crowd fund?
Somebody needs to call Sir Richard Branson, put in a co-pilot seat and can be a part of the adventure.
Is there a crowd fund?
Sorry to sound silly but the craft is running yer and done a few test runs I saw so why £25 million needed could you put on here what u will need for that amount of money 💰 for thanks
Very very sad. The AMAZING thing is that today is exactly 10 years since the launch meeting of the project - the first meeting of the 1K Club in Bristol - Sunday 7/12/2008. I have a picture of myself with Richard Noble.
Go Aussie invader. I have been keeping up with both teams thanks to Phil Richardson. I can see why the bloodhound failed at 25,000,000 pounds and some of the salarys being paid. Aussie invader the record is yours I hope this happens soon before the interest in your project gets lost.
Gutted. Have been following this with my young lad, he was getting really hooked into the engineering side of things. The work they were doing with the schools was exceptional.
Ah well. Just have to get him following that damn Australian mob 😛
Twenty five million pounds???? Seriously this ain’t a crowd funding exercise....😂😂
Best of luck Aussies
As a Brit this pisses me off more than I can tell you. Not because we might loose this race, but because of what it says about our country.
Aussie Invader. You now have my full attention and support
Very sad to hear. But you are such a gentleman. Wanting them to be able to get back in the race. Shows that you Land Speed racers want a challenge like us Drag and Power boat racers. My hat off to you Sir.