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TO CHALLENGE FOR THE WORLD STANDING START RECORD
Following a suggestion made by Ray Wakefield of Speedrecord S A , Johan Jacobs who, with his jet powered Castrol Edge dragster, set both the outright South African Land Speed Record for the flying kilometre at 504 kph last year, and the Country's Kilometre Standing Start record, is now aiming to tackle the World Standing Start Mile record. This record was recently raised from an average of 97.693 m.p.h. (157.22 k.p.h.) to 98.09 mph. (157.86 k.p.h.) in England by Tony Moir, driving a 250cc racing Kart which meets worldwide rules for racing - no aero package or other streamlining aids were added. This is subject to ratification by the FIA.
Johan's monster has a little more power - 10 000 lbs of thrust in fact, and at a drag meeting last week posted a standing kilometre time of 9.4 seconds.
Although not FIA observed, this run was timed under South African drag racing rules and in fact is faster than the current official World Standing Start Kilo record set at an average of 377.834 k.p.h. in September 1972 by the car "Pollution Packer".
We hope that Johan will contest the World Standing Start Mile and Kilometre records concurrently, and if successful, will create a unique 'double'.
The World Flying Mile and Kilometre records were set concurrently by Andy Green in 1997 whilst establishing the World Outright Land Speed Record in Thrust SSC.
Speedrecord S A is pleased to be associated with Johan and his team in this venture
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