Spirit of Speed for Collett

By Laura Hatton17 December 2014

Thrust 2 held the land speed record from 4th October 1983 with a speed of 633.468 mph

Thrust 2 held the land speed record from 4th October 1983 with a speed of 633.468 mph

Specialized transport company Collett and Sons, based in the UK, has helped relocate two of the world’s fastest cars at a museum in Coventry, UK.

The two cars included the world’s fastest car, the Thrust SSC and its predecessor Thrust 2. Thrust SSC broke the world land speed record in 1997 when it reached 763 mph in the Black Rock Desert. Thrust 2 held the land speed record from 4th October 1983 with a speed of 633.468 mph.

The two vehicles were moved from the museum’s Spirit of Speed Gallery at Coventry Transport Museum to the new Biffa Award Land Speed Record Gallery, which is set to open in early 2015. The move is part of an £8.5 million (US $5.4 million) redevelopment project at the museum.

The project was managed by MFH Construction Projects with principal contractor J Tomlinson. Thrust 2 was lifted over the rear gates of the museum onto a low loader, whilst the 10 tonne 16.4 metre long Thrust SSC was lifted over the gates and placed onto a seven-axle trailer.

The cars were then driven at walking pace around the outskirts of the building to their new location. On arrival they were lifted one at a time into position.

A spokesperson from MFH Construction Projects said, “We would like to thank Dave and his team for an outstanding job. We have undertaken various types of lifts as a company for over 40 years, and this one has to be high up in the list of our top 10, if not the best.”

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