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Former land-speed record holder to speak in Cuyahoga Falls

By Gina Mace
Special to the Beacon Journal

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Cuyahoga Falls schools will host a science, math and engineering lesson for the community when former land-speed record-holder Richard Noble of Great Britain visits the high school at 7 tonight.

Noble held the record for about 14 years from 1983 to 1997, when British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green bested Noble’s 633 mph run by traveling 714 mph.

Green surpassed his own record a month later, posting a speed of 763 mph — a record he continues to hold.

Both drove cars with jet engines.

Noble and Green now are teaming up in an attempt to top 1,000 mph, using a supersonic car called the Bloodhound SSC. In addition to a jet engine, the car uses a rocket propulsion system.

The race for the record is expected to take place late in 2015.

Noble is project manager; Green will drive the car.

Along with the engineering team and the Royal Army team of mechanical and electrical engineers, the project includes an education team. It is using the Bloodhound’s design and construction to inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

They’ve created a website,, to help students and educators explore the world of science and technology through the Bloodhound SSC project. They also have experts available to answer questions.

Those who gather in the Cuyahoga Falls High School auditorium tonight will have the rare experience of hearing from and asking questions of Noble himself.

Noble’s talk is free and open to the public. The high school is located at 2300 Fourth Street.

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