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Perth's Rosco McGlashan is
already the fastest Aussie on
wheels; now he plans to go
where no-one has gone before
and blast his rocket-powered
car, Aussie Invader 5R, to
1600kmh and a place in history.
text norman burns « portrait tony mcdonough « images courtesy rosco mcglashan/mike annear
ROCKET t s a story worthy of a James Bond plot.
Dashing driver, in Moscow to buy MiG
jet engines for an attempt on the world
land speed record, is "kidnapped" by mysterious
forces. Driver smashes the windows of the kidnap-
per s vehicle and escapes Russia to resurface with a
new game plan -- to pilot an 8.5-tonne rocket-pro-
pelled steel bullet and smash the magical 1000mph
(1600kmh) barrier on wheels.
Not much fazes Perth s Rosco McGlashan,
58, (above) who has been chasing down -- and
vanquishing -- the demons of speed since he left
school at 12, boasting to his mates that one day he
would go faster than Englishman Donald Camp-
bell, who was visiting Australia with his record-
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setting Bluebird land speed racer. Lying that he
was 16, Rosco got a job in WA s North West
and began saving his pennies to chase a dream.
He eventually became a top drag racer and then
graduated to a jet-powered car, Aussie Invader II,
steering it to the Australian land speed record of
500mph (802kmh) in 1994.
The record still stands but Aussie Invader II
was written off in a spectacular crash during a
bid to break the world mark.
Today, Rosco doesn t even blink at the
thought of being strapped into Aussie Invader
5R, now taking shape in a Midland workshop,
and blasting across 27km of desert or lake-
bed to again have a crack at the world record
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