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Now, I have some good news...

posted 2 Jan 2011 12:29 by Thomoco .   [ updated 12 Apr 2012 13:41 ]
...and some bad news!


 First, the good news...

We have the full backing of all the necessary bodies in order for us to undertake the setting of the Land Speed Record for a 100% Wooden Bicycle.

Now, the bad news...

When James and I started this journey, we didn't realise that setting a land speed record involves certain unavoidable costs. We thought that we could knock up a wooden bike and run it down the road, follow along in a car, check the speedo and hey presto... we've just set a land speed record!



Well, it's not as simple as that, we need to do things properly and... officially!!!

BBC News...


We have designed and built a 100% wooden bike on which we intend to set a land speed record.

To enable this vision to become reality we need you to sponsor us today and help us cover the necessary cost involved in making that record official.

So many thanks to all the people below who have donated to this scheme...

rammed-earth.org - skjenergy.com - energymonitoringservices.com - anvil-trading.com - wayofthemonkey.co.uk - totobobo.com - starfishlimited.co.uk - international-paints.co.uk - bostik.co.uk - bamnuttall.co.uk - stevewrightphotography.co.uk - timbernorwich.co.uk - uksealants.co.uk - cimdisplay.co.uk - lathams.co.uk - busseys.co.uk - readersheds.co.uk - workshopshed.com - woodworkersuk.co.uk – Swen Design – BicycleBusiness – team rEDdOG –

Ben Anderson –Stuart Anderson – Timo Anttila – Suneil Basu – David Beacham – Krzysztof Borowiak – Sam Bryan – Ben Bullen – Andrew Charalambous – Jane Claridge – Richard Claridge – Bella Codd – Faith Codd – Matthew Codd – Philippa Codd – David Coleman – Kas Coleman – Brian Conder – Merlin Crossingham – Nina Dar – Eugene Efremov – Bridget Elahcene – Jemila Elahcene – Chris Emerson –Nerissa Emerson – Oscar Emerson – Ruben Emerson – Yasmin Emerson – Vincent Ersanilli – Dom Ford – Alan Fortune – Christopher Fry – Tony Gibbins – The Ginger Prince – Andy Goldstein – Mark Goodwin – Bobby Gould – Scott Gow – Geoffrey Grindon – Claire Harding  - Ruth Harper – Timothy Harris – Chris Harrould – Felix Hewison-Carter – James Hewison-Carter – Maxwell Hewison-Carter – Terry Hill – Michael Janzen – Nick Jones – Urszula Kardasinska – John Kelly – Hugh Knowles – Dorota Kostopoulou – Scott Lewis – Carsten Lohmann – Hans-Henning Lundberg – Machiajelly – Félix Maltais – Ella Marbrook – Jos Marbrook – Paul Merrett – Thomas Moody-Stuart – Ciaran Mooney – Dave Morton – Marie Morton – Stephen Mott – Gerd Müller – Nathan Nelson – Robin Neve – Laila Noort – Rogier Noort – Paul O'Brien – Shelley O'Neill – Ian Palmer – Roger Perry –Iwan Plüss – Adrian Pomilio – punkysticks – Michael Ryan – Nick Stone – Adam Sykes – Kristopher Tavender – Richard Thoday – Alexander Tidswell – Celia Thompson – Harry Thompson –Jessica Thompson – Joseph Thompson – Pebbles Thompson – Philip Thompson – Russell Thompson – Tony the flying Pig – Helen Tully – Joseph Tully – Kathleen Tully – Mike Waddingham – Nick Walmsley – James Watchorn – Austin White – Paul White – Peter Wilson – Mark Winter – Craig Wood – Frederik Wulff –



This is the first Speed Record we have attempted so we have been allocated a mentor from the Speed Record Club to guide us through the very specific rules and regulations. He has advised us to have a working budget of £7,500 to enable us to complete our task successfully. The only difference between setting a speed record in a Jet Car and a Wooden Bicycle is after all... Petrol.

You are not alone in assuming that it probably won't actually cost as much as we have been told but the budget needs to be in place to cover additional costs that may occur through bad weather etc that can make speed record attempts take several days or even weeks to complete. If we get lucky and manage to set the record in a day then that would be great for us and the remaining funds will be going to our chosen charity ShelterBox.Org

It all adds up...


Public Donations, please help us by donating a pound/dollar or two into our donation pot. We have some considerable costs coming our way: venue location, insurance, timing equipment and the chaps who know how to use them, travel, van hire, overnight accommodation if the weather is not on our side and cups of tea and bacon sandwiches for all the volunteers we are going to need!

Corporate sponsorship, if you would like to get your company to support the SplinterBike then now's your chance. This project is being filmed for a documentary by TopBox Media and will inevitably be on our TV screens in the very near future, so your company's involvement will be wisely placed - all the official pictures of the bike will be widely published.

There's lots of scope to get some great exposure, let me know if you would like to get involved...
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