Rosco you are a man on a mission and well respected by us all, fantastic!
We appreciated your time for the first day with family at the show and for sharing more insight combined and latest updates for the future. The young bloke is extatic to have met you and have a photo with the man and machine...he understands more than most. Cheers!
How do those wheels hang on at high speed. Saw one in the states at Niagara Falls that had a fairly deep pattern machined in. It was also a rocket powered car about 40 feet long with 3 wheels.
Are you selling scale models of the car. What will the cost be.
It’s obvious that the Bloodhound Team are dedicated and their workmanship superb, however sometimes that isn’t enough. First thing is the ethos behind the project, education. In itself a completely laudable goal, to educate and inspire. But does that vision drive the team. Do engineers leap out of bed in the morning and go “ I’m driven to educate and inspire”. Rosco probably pings out of the covers, because he has a simple goal, break that f*cking record. He inspires lots of people, but in a less formal way.
A clear vision, a clear goal. Bloodhounds message to me seems a bit woolly from the outset. Is it to be a university, or to break a record?
Think back in history to large cumbersome aviation projects that failed, the Bristol Brabazon, The Spruce Goose, the Saunders Roe Princess flying boat, even Concorde. Big teams, funding, but it wasn’t enough. There are lots more examples that either just became too complicated, or the world moved on. Small nimble entrepreneurs beat them to it.
Bert Rutan for instance. He turned the aviation world on its head by thinking small and keeping things simple. Rutan in my opinion is right up there with the Wright Brothers. Colin Chapman and Lotus is another example, keep it simple, add lightness. When he won Indy in 1966 with Graham Hill in the small, nimble, quick, rear engined Lotus, he consigned a whole generation of big, powerful but heavy front engined race cars to history overnight.
I think this is what might be what’s going on between Aussie Invader and Bloodhound. The whole Bloodhound project is top heavy with costs, and a lot of the team won’t be there if they don’t get paid on a Friday.
Rosco and his team a driven by passion, they don’t care about such mundane things like money, a beer at the end of the day and the knowledge that the project has moved forward is enough.
That’s a hard thing to beat with a corporate structure with everyone needing to be paid, holidays, benefits. For that you need management, client teams, accountants, a media department, sponsorship teams, HR department, meetings, pitches, committees, and all with no actual earned income. Sponsorship can be switched off like a tap with the arrival of a new marketing director, or ba set of corporate results. I know I ran an agency for twenty five years. The tail starts wagging the dog.
All Roscos guys need is a ham sandwich, a beer and an occasional pat on the back from the boss.
Keep pushing Rosco. You’re going to get there first.
It's about justifying grants and support from government and industry. The military have been heavily involved in it too and use it as a recruitment tool. Inspiration to the engineers of the future and hitting a thousand miles per hour on wheels. Very proud of the whole team.
Don't rush it Rosco Mcglashan, your safety is more important. Save the rushing until you put the pedal to get the metal fully prepared. 😃
Gives you time to get there first 🤙🤙
more time for you Aussie Invader - World Land Speed Record Challenger
Don’t forget to come and see us at the Hot Rod and Street Machine Spectacular this weekend in Perth.The Fastest Aussie On Earth
Australian Land Speed Record holder Rosco McGlashan is a man in a hurry and he’s at it again. His latest project, Aussie Invader 5R, is nearing completion after a decade of planning and construction with the aim of travelling at over 1000mph, or if you prefer, 1609km/h!
To get there he has created a rocket-powered land missile that measures up at 16m long and weighs over 9000kg when fully fuelled. The engine can create 62,000 pounds of thrust (which can be equated to 200,000hp) and he’ll need every one of them to break the sound barrier (770mph or 1238km/h at sea level) and carry on to crack that magic 1000mph mark.
If he can achieve that goal, he will smash the current world record held by the ThrustSSC team that currently stands at 763.035mph.
You can help Rosco make history and (sort of) go along for the ride by getting a Supersonic Selfie and having it printed on to the car. Go to www.supersonicselfie.com.
To find out more info on this amazing machine, check out the website aussieinvader.com/the-car.
You’ll be able to meet Rosco and see that car at the Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular, June 16-17 at Claremont Showground. ... See MoreSee Less
I've seen the first car I think, in a yard rotting away in W.A. These deff need to in a place like this. Such an icon.
You must be getting old and forgetful Roscie. I thought it was 1994.
Roscoe, is that the day you set the water record as well???? You are the Man!!!!
Looks awesome Rosco...so many hours put into this machine...1024 kmh not bad from a car made by you and your team in a shed in Mullaloo!! And you still doing it good on you!! I was talking with Dobbo the other night and he said the new rocket car is gonna push around 40 G's is that right??
Wow. I would love to see this run at Lake Gairdner, Sth AUST.
Did they recognise you when you walked in?? Who’s the chick digging out the bin, She with you?😂
Thats got to be in the top 5 fastest one way miles in history, nothing to be ashamed of, and its a beautiful machine too.
That's an absolute classic rosco. Btw I've found an old car mag from 1990 with your story in it if wanna see it drop me a personal message ☺
Love this car!!! Such good times working on AI3
got lovely pics of my kids sitting in your car back when it was in your garage. hopfully it's the second fasted aussie car soon 💋
Great museum that one. Probably the best in Oz at the mo.
Australia's World Land Speed Challenger Rosco McGlashan and Australia's World Water Speed Challenger Dave Warby compare notes in the Spirit 2 Workshop 😀 old friends with many stories. ... See MoreSee Less
Great to catch up with David Warby and Spirit 2 whilst over in the East Coast.Australia's World Land Speed Challenger Rosco McGlashan and Australia's World Water Speed Challenger Dave Warby compare notes in the Spirit 2 Workshop 😀 old friends with many stories ... See MoreSee Less
On Thursday evening I was guest speaker at the annual dinner for the Aviation Engineering community within the Royal Australian Navy. This was held at HMAS Albatross in Nowra NSW. It was a great night and our project was well received by the engineers, pilots and officers. ... See MoreSee Less
Australian drivers punching above their weight, with wins in Formula 1 and Indy 500. Add to that David Warby’s world water speed record attempt soon, and we are a force to be reckoned with. ... See MoreSee Less
Project News Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 BLOODHOUND Project announces revised dates for 500mph runs in South Africa. Record Attempt in Quarter 4 2019 Two years’ worth of discussions with a major third party has led, this month, to a very significant development – one that will greatly enhance BLOODH...
Magnificent and it appears so stable. I wouldn't like to ski behind it though 😂. Well done and you are a credit to Aussie skill and determination. I wish you every success in your record attempt. Back to back records with Aussie Invader would be great because you guys have worked so hard for so many years both teams deserve to WIN ,🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁
Rosco's first phase of the build process is completed. Now they plan to show the car around to raise funds for the Record attempt. When they have enough funding is when they will plan a date for the attempt.
In the meantime, tell your friends and family how they can personally get involved supporters club and get your name on the car. The sooner that happens, the sooner they can light the wick.
This is one of the most amazing challenges going on anywhere on the planet today. Get behind Rosco and his team. Tell your work colleages and bosses to sponsor these guys and become a part of Australian history 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺
How did it go? Saw some impressive photo's. Was there much interest.....hope so. I keep sending your pic's all over the World. Hope you don't mind.
You wont need the poster on the side if you cut a hole in the container 🙂
Please light the wic soon anticipation is a bitch
When are you planning on making an attempt?
Reef Group driver Ross looks pretty happy too!
I'm following you guys cause faster is always cool !!
Good to see the car out and about. Did a couple of STEM presentations to Rossmoyne SHS covering Bloodhound, the Land Speed Record and Australia's part in that history. They where definitely excited to know that somewhere close by you where developing something the country could be proud off. Glad to see you are getting to work on developing the car and not fighting the bureaucracy.
Rosco good to catch up this afternoon at 3.40pm once more, last time 7 years back, we now have some feel of the goal, with you!!!!!
Go Rosco good luck with everything, Love Bet ,( Chrises) Mum
Hi Rosco, looking good....the car I mean. Oh you too.😀
Need a diecast of your car 😍
Luv to catch up with you as well Rosco cheers mate
So many people are rightly asking us when we are going to run, it’s just too early to say. This whole project has been about moving forward any way we can. As many land speed racers know, stating a timeline to run is plagued with danger. Bloodhound was originally going to run in 2013, we were hoping to be where we are a lot sooner too. Money is the key to our rocket development, without that we don’t have a usable car. Exposure will raise our profile and sponsors. Please help spread the word and be part of it with your selfie on the car! www.supersonicselfie.com... See MoreSee Less
I reckon contact LEGO it will be a great seller in Australia 🇦🇺 and you will get a royalty too.
Lol, next time they ask when it’s going to run, shake the donation tin in their faces 🤣
We will all be here waiting. It's been fascinating watching this car grow into the awesome machine it is.
if exposure were the key, that would have been proven a very long time ago. it seems to me that these funding decisions come from an individual, or a few at most. history demonstrates the fact that in looking back on past funding decisions, there was a compelling reason that supported the transfer of funds, the pursuit of the land speed record is not one of those compelling reasons, nor was being included in any history books. we might ask, what are the compelling reasons a funding decision maker will have to spend the money? sponsoring is a dubious title, if it is not a business decision, then as Pat Bently said, "they are just chasing the cosmetics of doing business". food for thought.
Myself and Mark Read who has worked with me for 9 years on this project. He’s was leaving for Singapore in 2 hours, but managed to share the moment we had the car in place, for its 1st public outing in a few days time. ... See MoreSee Less
Thats so awesome Rosco, amazing effort and you have a great team mate to have 9 years together.
Racing is hard work, the results on "sunday" are literally a fraction of what goes on for weeks, months or even years before.
Good luck legend!
My word, that looks incredible. What a beauty. Great to see the car in the open at last. Now, let’s see you light the rocket. When do you think that might be?
Well done. Didn't realise its size when I saw It in the workshop a while ago. I am looking forward to seeing it all painted up on the weekend.🇦🇺️🇦🇺️🇦🇺️🇦🇺️🇦🇺️😎😎😎
Stuart Rowland it’s pretty massive.
Well done chaps. Looking forward to seeing it run.
A great selfless effort on the project Mark. See you in Singapore 😜
Our neighbour Rosco. Great work. Norma & Rob✌️
Looking good fellas!
Can’t wait to see the videos when you do a run 👍
What a legend... Paul Ferraro from Parins who painted our car is seen here doing some touch up work before its first major outing at the Motor Pavilion Show in Perth from 3rd-6th May. Learn more at www.motorpav.com.au. ... See MoreSee Less
I watched him every week when he captained the Hull Vikings back here in the UK. Greeting him home when he won his sixth world title too. A true gent, the greatest speedway rider ever, and an absolute legend!
watched him and Chum Taylor have many exciting battles at Claremont Speedway during the 70's.
Never got to see him race live but saw him in many highlights packages that were on over the weekends. Truly the best. RIP.
Part of my childhood, dear old dad taking me to Wembly to see the speedway world championship final . Can't remember the year ,but Ivan won. RIP great man.
R.I.P. Ivan. I loved watching you race at Plough Lane and enjoying the occasional social (through friends) many years ago.
Evil Ivan ... great to watch .. RIP
I was only reading about Ivan a few weeks ago. My Dad and I always watched the Speedway on TV in the 1970s in the UK. Great racer. 😢
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord may perpetual light shine on him and may he rest in peace. Amen
Never saw him race but knew he was a legend of the sport. RIP.
Rip ivan. I grew uo watching him in NZ in the english off season.
Lloyd Ross, sad day to lose an icon
I grew up with that star of Speedway. RIP
Hard as nails , heart of gold .
He will always be the King of Speedway in my eyes!! RIP King Ivan,
I didn't see the ATO logo on the side Rosco. lol. Bet you loved Four Corners this week. Onwards and upwards mate. Can't wait for that record to be yours.
When is thing going to run?
Early signs say bloodhound will be ready to be tested October desert ready test speeds estimated 500 mile an hour the race is on!!!
Great to see Aussie companies sharing the vision.
what is the 111 with the rabbit ?
You guys really are an aussie inspiration of never say die attitude . .. I grew up down the road from rosco and really hope you guys get the record you deserve it. Great to see people sponsor real dreams!
Go you good thing !
Great stuff. We should all support the companies that support this great Aussie effort!
Coming together beautifully!
Can we still get our names on the car?
Wow, professional workmanship and supporters!
It’s ok , but where do you put the luggage ??
It looks fast just sitting there.
Well done mate looks good
Looks great Ros, coming along nicely
Rad guys so cool 😎😎😎
Will your team be able to achieve what spirit of America couldn't. Get ready boys the Brits are coming good luck everyone..........
Strange Inheritance More than 20 years after legendary drag racer Mickey Thompson was gunned down, his son Danny Thompson inherited the “Challenger II” and is driven to capture the world land speed record in his dad’s old car.
In 2016, Danny clocked an average speed of 406.7 mph driving 'Challenger II', just a hair faster than his father’s time back in 1960, and making him one of only a dozen racers to break 400 mph in a piston-powered car. fxn.ws/2GtBjJy... See MoreSee Less
Awesome article and the entire Spirit of Australia II Team wish Rosco all the best. We know the dedication it takes to build a world speed record challenge on a limited budget. As for the Grim Reaper comment we are going to kick his butt and nail a new record in the next few months. I am confident Rosco is going to do the same and then Australia will hold both Land AND water speed records !!!! Dedication, Determination and Passion cannot be bought!!!!
It's a great article but... Blood hound is not sloshing with cash. Yes they have sponsorship and a borowed engine but Richard noble and his team have moved heaven and earth to raise funds this effort, it's not free. I'm really looking forward to seeing these cars run. While of course I'd love bloodhound to get the record I will be rooting for Rosco and his team, the under dogs!
Rosco, looking forward to you succeeding in your pursuit, I'll come watch you achieve your goal live, where ever that may be, I believe lake gairdener is to short for your new machine from what I've read. Good luck once again!!!!
Can not wait for both of them to be finished, up and running and gunning for the record.
Watching Thrust SSC videos, to this day, still gives me goose bumps, just incredible.
I've followed you guys since the project began so let's hope the Aussie can bring home the bacon!!!!!
Great article, thanks for sharing and good luck to both teams.
Excellent article Rosco. I would love to be there when the time comes.
Great video about Spirit of Australia. I used to race jet cars with Ken and his team, and count him as a great friend and inspiration.This video shows the history from Ken Warby's early days through today. Not many people realise just how "built in the backyard" Kens boat was. This video wi... ... See MoreSee Less
One of the great all time land speed record images of Thrust SSC, with a brave Andy Green driving, approaching the speed of sound. You can clearly see the sound waves compressing and start to hit themselves, and that is what creates the sonic boom you hear as you go through the speed of sound. ... See MoreSee Less
I all so have this photo I got it for the man who took this photo i was there that day what a historic day
That has got to be my favorite car picture of all time! And Andy Green is one cool customer behind the wheel. And, he's not done yet!
I have a lot of time for the fact that Aussie Invader and Bloodhound have respect for each other. I hope both teams have a chance to run the cars competitively and both manage to break the current record and the sound barrier decisively....then there'll be some real competition!
Once machined a set of disc brakes for a project called thrust ssc back in 93/94, years later discovered this was the job.
Love the image - can't wait to see aussie invader's go rosco
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Good luck. Hope all goes well. I can only imagine the time, effort, and $$ that has gone into this so far. Don't take any notice of any naysayers. I have an afinity for jet engines...the sound, the smell of jet A1, the smooth raw acceleration (especially on afterburner).
I saw your dad doing a demonstration run in Perth, please do it again, it was awesome.
And also today, Fountain is going for the V-hull record aiming 200mph in the US 🙂
Mate following your Dad since I was a kid now your turn i wish you every success onya mate.
Best of Luck. You will definitely need it. WWSR is the most challenging of all.
Excellent progress. Very disappointing for you about Melbourne but on the bright side, there is nothing like a fast approaching deadline to get all the jobs done. Progress is a line through a list. Good work.