We Brits have long felt the need for speed.

Man's quest to go faster is an innate desire that stems from our evolution. Faster to catch prey, faster to run away, faster to deliver information. Going quickly has always yielded an advantage.

Today we don’t have to worry about sabre-toothed tigers or chasing down dinner, but that need for speed is still hardwired into our brains.

Land speed records have pushed man and machine to the limits of physics. With Bloodhound SSC slowly getting ready for its 1,000mph run in 2020, let’s look back at some of the most iconic British attempts at the world land speed record.

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