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Help wanted: Speed Record Breaker

Trevor Slaughter is going to attempt to break the land speed record for vehicles with wheels.
Trevor Slaughter is going to attempt to break the land speed record for vehicles with wheels. Sarah Harvey

IF YOU have a penchant for turbine engines and fancy helping a bloke hit speeds of more than 458mph (733kmh) in a car, Trevor Slaughter wants you.

Mr Slaughter is going to attempt to break the land speed record for wheel-driven vehicles – not jet propulsion – and is hoping there might be a few RAAF officers in Ipswich willing to help him out.

An ex-RAAF member himself, Mr Slaughter will first attempt to break the 350mph (560kmh) barrier in a three-litre piston engine currently in his car as an introduction to land speed racing.

Once that is complete, and the reason why he is after some air force members, is that he will then attempt to break the all-time 458mph (733kmh) record with a T55 turbine engine.

The engine is the same as the ones used in Chinook helicopters.

“What I'd like to do is attract some of the fellow RAAF guys in as crew members,” Mr Slaughter said. “It need not necessarily be engine techs, but any Air Force guys that would like to become involved, retired or serving, I'd like to hear from them.”

He already has nine crew members who come from Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast every Tuesday night to work on the car at his home in New Beith near Greenbank.

Mr Slaughter has not counted the hours he and his crew have put into the car, which has a body made of fibre glass, carbon fibre and Kevlar, but work has been ongoing since 2006.

A former drag racer, he had tinkered with the idea of attempting a land speed record for about two decades.

A heart attack he suffered in 2006 gave him the impetus to give his dream a serious shot.

There are no set dates for the record attempts but the most likely place will be at South Australia's dry Lake Gairdner.

If you are interested in helping Mr Slaughter, email trevor@slaughtermotorsport.com


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