Synopsis:This programme looks back at the history of distance and speed record attempts and includes interviews with record holders. Includes footage of Thrust SSC.
Shotlist:Jet car being prepared for take-off. Takes off across desert. Richard Noble (World Land Speed Record Holder 1983-97) at Loch Ness reminiscing about water speed record attempt by John Cobb. Archive of preparations and record attempt and crash. B&w footage of speed record competitors. Henry Segrave and Lee Bible competing at Daytona Beach, Florida where Bible is killed. Intvw. David Tremayne. 10:05:57 Footage of Malcolm Campbell’s attempt to break 300mph land speed record. Intvw. Richard Noble. 1935 archive of Campbell’s world record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. 1938 footage of Cobb and George Easton breaking record at Bonneville Salt Flats. 10:08:46 Charles Lindbergh NY to Paris flight. Intvw. Bill Gunston (author and historian). Footage of pioneer airwomen including intvw. with Jean Batten after flight, crowds carrying her. 10:12:10 Archive Charles Chuck Yeager becoming first man to break sound barrier. 1964 – new land speed record by Craig Breedlove, Glenn Leesher (sp?) is killed. 10:14:56 Intvw. Richard “Rocketman” Brown (British Motorbike Speed Record Holder). Intvw. Andy Green (World Land Speed Record Holder). 1997 footage of his record. 10:19:11 1983 Noble’s speed record. Intvw. Glynne Bowsher (Mechanical Designer). Footage of Donald Campbell’s fatal crash. Intvw. Ken Warby (World Water Speed Record Holder). Footage of his record and preparations. 10:25:57 END