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Supersonic car to take centre stage at NEC show

Published 17 October 2016

A 1000mph supersonic car will take pride of place at this year’s NEC classic motor show in November. The iconic Bloodhound SSC will be on stand of headline show sponsor Lancaster Insurance.

It’s all part of the insurer’s ‘best of British’ focus on its stand. Visitors will also be able to see a variety of classic models on the stand, each with their own unique story.

Bloodhound SSC is aiming to take its place in the landspeed record books alongside Thrust and Bluebird. It’s record-breaking run is scheduled to take place in South Africa in 2018 when it will target a speed of more than 1000mph.

Measuring 12.5 metres long and three metres in height, the car uses a Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine, a cluster of hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 to drive its rocket fuel pump.

Also on the stand will be two former police cars – a Morris Minor Panda car and an S-type Jaguar. There will also be a Jensen 541R and a Hudson Straight 8 Special, which is one of only two 1939 models made at the Acton plant before the factory was recommissioned as a munitions factory.

Richard Morley, Lancaster operations director at Lancaster Insurance, said, ‘Best of British’ allows us to celebrate cars through the ages and we’re incredibly excited and honoured to have Bloodhound on our stand.’

The specialist classic car insurer will also be auctioning the recently restored 1969 Morris Mini Super Deluxe at the show. In aid of Prostate Cancer UK, Margo, as she’s affectionately known, will be auctioned through Silverstone Auctions on Saturday ,12 November 2016, with all proceeds going to the charity. The Mini will be on the Silverstone Auctions stand at the event.

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