Richard Noble

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the man who broke the British land speed records, Richard Noble. His thirst for speed began when he was six years old and saw John Cobb's jet boat Crusader. Then, in the 1970s, he built his own jet-propelled car in his garage at home. He called it Thrust One, and wrote it off at over 200 miles per hour. Nine years later, he broke the land speed record with Thrust Two, reaching speeds greater than a Boeing 747. Last year he watched as his team, with Andy Green behind the wheel, broke the sound barrier.

Now firmly established alongside other champions of speed like John Cobb and Malcolm and Donald Campbell, Richard Noble chooses his Desert Island Discs.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: The Dambusters March by The Central Band of the RAF
Book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Luxury: Guitar

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Fri 20 Feb 1998 09:05


Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestRichard Noble

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