Speed king is top guest for engineer gala

Speakers at the Get Up To Speed event at the Golbal Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield (l-r) racing driver Russ Danzey, Nick Clegg MP, bobsleigh world champion Nicola Minichiello, world speed record breaker Richard Noble, Business &Education South Yorkshire chief executive, Jackie Freeborn, and Tata Steel Speciality's Mick Hood.
Speakers at the Get Up To Speed event at the Golbal Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield (l-r) racing driver Russ Danzey, Nick Clegg MP, bobsleigh world champion Nicola Minichiello, world speed record breaker Richard Noble, Business &Education South Yorkshire chief executive, Jackie Freeborn, and Tata Steel Speciality's Mick Hood.

A past holder of the land speed record will be the star speaker of Scarborough Engineering Week.

Richard Noble OBE held the land speed record between 1983 and 1997 and is the leading light of the Bloodhound project that will see the vehicle attempt a new record next year.

He will speak at an invitation-only dinner at the Spa about the car which has been in design for the past three years.

It will be powered by a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine bolted above a rocket to deliver a thrust of 47,000lb.

It is hoped that the project will inspire a new generation of engineers and many students have been invited through their schools and colleges, although the careers session on Monday October 15 between 4pm and 7pm is also open to adults looking at a career change.

Students are encouraged to take part in the Green Engineer Griffins’ Nest competition, an engineering product design challenge. Students can work on their own or as part of a small team to develop an innovative idea, product, service or business proposal to come up with “a prototype of a product to provide a renewable and sustainable green energy source for your laptop/ipad/xbox etc”.

North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP) said the format for the three-day event is: Monday October 15 - secondary schools and post-16 institutions 9am-3.30pm; Careers evening 4pm–7pm – an open event for the public; Tuesday October 16 -secondary schools and post-16 institutions 9am-3.30pm; Wednesday October 17-primary schools 9am–12.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services and Esk Valley Coaches are providing transport for the students to and from the Spa, where Plaxton and Bluebird Vehicles will have coaches on display.

If you wish to register or become involved, contact Rebecca McCleary at rebecca@nybep.org or call 07824 874215, or email t.knowlson@SIVLTD.com