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This is the inside story of both obscure and high profile record breaking adventures in remote and inhospitable corners of the world, and the web of events that can only be put down to the ‘hand of fate’. Project Thrust, Virgin Atlantic, Pacific and Global Balloons, Earthwinds, Thrust SSC, Spirit of America, Rocket Motorcycle and Rocket Dragster, wheel driven record breakers, water speed boat and the HiFlyer Balloon are all here.

The personalities and places are brought to life by a unique selection of intimate and dramatic photos capturing the mishaps, adventures, and moments of glory on the path to dashed dreams and world records.


John emerges from Global Capsule

In between record breaking exploits, Ackroyd was involved in a variety of unlikely creations. He designed the “Enfield Electric” car which was built on a Greek Island, helped build “Frogeye” cars in a scrap-yard, restored Donald Campbell’s “Jetstar” boat, designed an airship to shuttle sheep across Africa, the astronauts’ toilet for a spaceship, and a sightseeing tethered balloon. All are featured in his book.

“Jet Blast” should be an inspiration for the budding engineers of the future.

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