With further contributions from Andy Green and others. They said it couldn't be done. Sceptics warned that as a car approached 750 MPH the shock waves generated when it hit the sound barrier would either force it off the ground like an aeroplane or tear it apart. Richard Noble has been obsessed with speed since he was six years old. On 15th October 1997 Noble's Thrust SSC driven by Ice-cool RAF Squadron Leader Andy Green, smashed through the sound barrier to create the first supersonic land-speed record at 763 MPH. The Thrust SSC team had beaten the Americans thumbed its nose at the sceptics, and realised what seemed an impossible dream. It was a triumph for British engineering, technology and 'derring-do'. This is not a tale of unbroken success, but of disappointment and struggle too- of how Noble risked everything he had to keep the SSC project active; and of the entangled human emotions behind one of the greatest engineering achievements of the twentieth century. . 320 pages Fine condition book and jacket with signature on the title page and another, along with a best wished inscription on the flyleaf.