Full steam ahead

Published on September 7th, 2009

Their kettle probably wasn’t boiling during their last few attempts but the British Steam Car Challenge has finally broken the world mark for the fastest steam-powered vehicle with their super-sized kettle that hit 225.06km/h.

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Piloting the steamer was Charles Burnett III. On the first run, he took it easy and yet managed to reach a speed of 219.04km/h. During the second round however, Burnett went for bust and peaked at 243.15km/h.

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Once all the paperwork has been done and the run officially verified, the previous record of 204.39km/h, set by a certain Fred Marriot more than a century ago in 1906, should have boiled over (pun intended).

Once again, we extend our heartiest congratulations to the team that has worked so hard for the last 10 years to steam their dream. Ok, we’re done with the puns.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Chris Ison

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