To be honest, it wasn’t much to listen to, a whirring whistling sound, gaining in intensity and pitch but not much else. A Colombo V12 it most certainly was not. But to my ears, it was the rarest, most special kind of music. For this was the sound of the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record car being fired up for the very first time.
Thank Frankel it's Friday: Hearing the heart of Bloodhound SSC roar for the first time
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.