TOP GEAR: Yandina’s Stuart Hooper with his world record-breaking Velocette at Lake Gairdner in South Australia.
TOP GEAR: Yandina’s Stuart Hooper with his world record-breaking Velocette at Lake Gairdner in South Australia. Contributed

Hooper ready for crack at land-speed record

IT'S not the speed of light, but it's a sight faster than most of us would dream of travelling.

Yandina man Stuart Hooper is off to have a crack at improving the world land-speed record he holds.

Recorded in miles per hour, Mr Hooper was hoping to reach a staggering 200mph when he and his trusty team head to Lake Gairdner, South Australia, in two weeks.

The salt lake, one of the largest in Australia, will provide the setting for Mr Hooper's tilt, although the retired automotive expert was keeping a lid on expectations.

"I already hold a couple of world records but I'm just trying to push it up a bit," he said.

"We'll be happy if we get close (to 200mph)."

After cracking the 183mph mark last year, Mr Hooper said any improvement on that figure would be a huge achievement.

To keep updated on Mr Hooper's progress, keep an eye on worldsfastestvelocette.com.

 


What Ballina really needs to help save boaties' lives

Premium Content What Ballina really needs to help save boaties' lives

Death of renowned Ballina sailor on the bar highlights the dangers

Explained: What’s happening with holiday letting rules

Premium Content Explained: What’s happening with holiday letting rules

Rules come into effect in one area sooner than a neighbouring LGA

David Bowie reworked famous song at Northern NSW property

Premium Content David Bowie reworked famous song at Northern NSW property

A luxury property with an impressive musical secret is on the market