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Mark Butcher (left) with Richard Noble and a replica model of the new Bloodhound car.

Engineering students at Wakefield College’s Castleford Campus spent time in the fast lane recently when former world land speed record holder, Richard Noble OBE, came in to talk to them about careers in the Engineering Industry and his involvement in the latest project that will see the British Bloodhound SCC team aim to take the land speed record to over 1,000 mph.

Richard, who held the world land speed record between 1983 and 1997 in Thrust2 after clocking a speed of 634 mph, spoke extensively to both staff and students about the country’s need for engineers and plans for a world record attempt scheduled to take place in the next couple of years.

Mark Butcher, Programme Area Manager for Engineering and Motor Vehicles, said: “Richard was totally inspiring and captivated everyone in the room with his recollections of the immense scientific research and preparation involved in the building of the world’s fastest vehicles.

Everyone in the room was spellbound by the sheer knowledge, drive and commitment Richard possesses - he was truly inspiring for everyone involved.”

For more information on Richard’s latest project, please visit


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DATE: 15 April, 2013

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