World land-speed record holder lauds NC community on preparation for another milestone attempt

Photo: Earl Coetzee

British fighter pilot and world land-speed record holder, Andy Green, has lauded the community of Mier in the Northern Cape for their work on preparing Hakskeen Pan for next year’s land-speed record attempt.

Today marks exactly one year until Green will attempt to break his own record, by going faster than 1 290 km/hr, in the Bloodhound supersonic car.

He was full of praise for the community of Mier, near the pan, who have been working since 2010, to prepare the pan for his attempt.

“Today is really about all of you, because you did this thing. You have cleared 20 km x over 1 km wide of surface to produce the best racing surface for straight-line racing anywhere in the world ever. No one has ever done what you have done,” he said as he addressed the community.

Premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, also applauded the community of Mier for the efforts.

Lucas elaborated on the importance of the work the 300 community members did, by clearing a 20 kilometre track and moving approximately 5 tons of rocks per person, using nothing but shovels and wheelbarrows.

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