Recent visit from Paul Church and the TERRA Road Riders. Just to clarify, we do get a lot of requests to visit the car by groups, and these have to be fitted around our work schedule. These take team members time, so if you are not a 1000 mph club member or a sponsor, we ask for a donation. ... See MoreSee Less
On behalf of myself and the TERRA Road Riders group, we would very much like to thank Rosco, Barry and Chris and all involved in this project for allowing us to visit Aussie Invader 5R. All of you were most generous with your time and answered our questions with deep knowledge and patience (especially with the "dumb" questions). So, people if you can, please get behind this project and let's make it happen.
Our team got excited this week when our friends at Hardchrome Sales got their hands on some very special aluminum honing stones which were on back order from Sweden. Their guru honing man Hendry got straight on to the task of honing our first out of seven x 6 metre long tubes, which are our main propellant storage units. These seven tubes need to be professionally honed to work with our Hallite seals which will be fitted to our seven pistons. One piston in each tube will force under high pressure our fuel and oxidiser into our rocket engine. Imagine 7 big syringes with 600 psi pressure of N2 exerted on the pistons. A huge thank you to Nigel, Kurt, Matty, Hendry and all the mighty Hardchrome Sales crew, you guys are real pro's. ... See MoreSee Less
Good luck to the Bloodhound team. Be good to see the car run.Bloodhound is heading for South Africa!
The Bloodhound Land Speed Record project today announced plans to run the Bloodhound LSR car for the first time on its dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in October 2019.
The high speed trials in October will enable the Bloodhound LSR team to test the live video stream at high speeds, in preparation for the land speed record runs, currently scheduled for late 2020. ... See MoreSee Less
The best news that I have heard for a while. Good luck to all the Bloodhound team.
The game is afoot. Good luck to three teams in their respective challenges. Am sure Rosco and co would appreciate the attentions of some entrepreneurial cash injection as well !!
Good luck guys, I hope you hit your deadlines and make it to the Pan!
I lived in South.Africa and have been there. Flat it is but hot, and very uncompromising and although I want Aussie Invader to be the record holder sooner than later I do and must wish them well. My jet pilot Mate died on a similar flat pan as they are called over there.
Will be very interesting to watch their progress, should get a good look at the competition guys
Good luck team behind you 110% you can do it👍👍👍
Hope you get the chance to light Aussie Invaders rocket soon.
Whatever colour provides the most money to keep the project on track is gunna be the best. Good luck Rosco.
Of these I like the green best, though perhaps a few shades lighter. As long as the sponsor logos can be clearly seen. Also, paint costs extra mass. Maybe an aero-efficient "matt" colour like the Red Bull RB14 &RB15, or the current F1 Ferrari ??
Still love the blue version
G'day Rosco, and team. May I suggest an Australian green fading into a yellow stripe behind the cabin, before the natural metal?
I know the time through the sound barrier might not be long enough to make any difference, but was wondering if darker colours would absorb more heat into the structure and affect the car in some way, expansion for example.
All red, so it stands out from the ground, sky, and environment and can be literally seen going 1000 MPH. 😀
The green looks great.
EAGLES one half DOCKERS the other.....get all the members on board.....that would be say 100k...Have a flag made with all their names on it for $25 for example....
Where’s the blue
Yep Aussie Flag 👍
Go the RED it will go faster...😉😉
Purple looks fast!
Red goes faster!!! Blue and Yellow with an Eagles sponsorship emblem on the side of her!
I know a guy that paints all the fast stuff... 😎😁😎
Red with an Aussie flag draped over it 😉
Has always looked like giant Red Bull can to me 🤷♂️
Looks like Shinkansen Alpha X got inspiration from this vehicle.
Might not mean much in Aus. But look up Anne Summers. Definately the right shape if a bit erm....pointy 😂😂
Frank will say Ferrari red I like blue and the gold one!
Salt Lake City, UT—Pop the champagne! Rattle your salt shaker! It’s time to celebrate! The Utah State Legislature approved a $5 million appropriation to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats as part of the state budget. In the past few weeks, Utah legislators received upwa...
Thanks Darren, we are doing just that, we have a digital artist, turning this shot into a limited edition, signed print, watch this space!
Looks incredible guys, keep up the good work
How close are we..and by we i mean the people waiting for decades now for a new land speed record over the Brits amazing machine ..How close is this beautiful car of yours to actually getting out there and doing this thing ?.It looks much like the Spirit of America car from way back by the way...Real beauty...Is there a projected date or ball park date ?
I can't wait till the day this rig gets a crack at the record. Go Rosco!
Sell the pic as posters to raise some money, might not be much but it all helps
Would love to see it race xx
Low flying Rossco.
Well here's a Brit who wants Rosco to succeed, because he is one of the good old boys.
Any chance of a free test run😎
Whens the run
ChristineBrent Mitchell please show the old boy
I might as well Foxtrot Oscar back home.
Onya Clint 🙂
Can’t wait 😊
How much steering movement can you get with the front wheel?
Looks like you joined a coppertop battery with Red bull.
Rosco was a very special guest at the Starlight Express Room at Perth Children's Hospital today, sitting for the kids and accomplished artist, Elle Campbell, as part of The Lester Prize. He even managed a moment with Captain Starlight sharing what it's like to drive the Aussie Invader! #fastestaussieonearth #rocketman #captainstarlight #sweetcharity Starlight Children's Foundation Australia... See MoreSee Less
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.
Spirit of Australia 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
The toughest most dangerous record. Aerodynamics and hydrodynamics to contend with. Brave guy.
Bennington J Garrott
Stupid music, we'd rather hear the boat.
Kevin Von Burgess of Arizona is building a new J-85 boat for an attempt on the Water Speed Record. Instead of the traditional approach of two runs in opposite directions through the flying kilometer, they plan to make one-way runs where the boat accelerates for 2,000 feet then is timed through a 500-foot trap. Given what happened to Craig Arfons and the advances in timing technology since the record was set in 1978, I have no heartburn with a new approach.
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
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!
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.
Close but no cigar..
Incredible run nonetheless
They did something right, it's in the Smithsonian.
Pretty sure the rules state 4 wheels are required to set official records
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.
Sometimes Andra Suck! Just Sayna
Pure hydrogen peroxide is bloody dangerous though, worse than hydrazine.
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. 🙂
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
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.
Great progress Rosco. 👍
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.
Hit it up Rosco.
Looking good mate, you and Sheryle have a wonderful Easter 🐣
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
I think some UK politicians have U Turned faster than that recently 😰
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!
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.
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.
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.
Plus you’ve got a tail on the fin to counteract any lift 👍
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.
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
Fond childhood memories hanging with my Dad & Roscoe 💙🇦🇺❤
Such a beautiful car, I loved every minute working on her with the most amazing team
Any news on who the buyer was yet?
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
Hopefully it comes back over west.
She still looks good after all these years, 1 month in the paint shop at Parens , with Mike what a Artist.
Dang; beat me by $454,500...
Well done Rosco!
I thought you already sold this a year or so ago?
It should be 1 million if you compare it to exotic vehicles, wouldn't be surprised it cost that to develop
It will only pay for a fraction of the next conquest. What a machine. Be proud
A good price but sad to see.
Now there's an expensive addition to somebodys man cave...😄
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).
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
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!
Can’t wait to follow it more
brilliant news.just a shame they didn't let bloodhound ambassadors know i feel i've been kicked in the teeth.
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....
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.👍
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..
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.
Keep going Rosco!!
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 👍👍
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.
Spirit of Australia 2 - The Fastest Team on Water SHE LIVES!!!! Thanks to Gary @ Jaycar/ RTM and Bryce @ DCRA we can now start with confidence and we are good to go for the 23rd of February at Taree. Come and join us for some kerosene fuelled fun. If all goes well we may have something extra special planned. 😀 ... See MoreSee Less
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
Like the go kart picture Rosco! Great support mechanic and handsome!
Robyn RobertsonRobyn have a read of this
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.
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
Rosco is she going to be the driver for the womens record
Landing a seahawk on a moving ship...the same as riding a motorbike through traffic on one wheel I suspect!
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...