Richard Noble OBE
Project Director, Bloodhound SSC
Richard Noble was holder of the land speed record between 1983 and 1997.
He specialises in developing high-risk ventures. Obviously not all of them can be successful, but the Thrust2 programme which brought the World Land Speed Record back to Britain in 1983 and the Thrust Super Sonic Car first-ever supersonic land speed record programme are the best-known.
Richard's other projects include the ARV Super2 light aircraft (available either factory-built or as a kit, an affordable aircraft for private owners), the Atlantic Sprinter (an attempt to develop a high-speed research vessel to achieve the Blue Riband accolade for crossing the Atlantic Ocean), Programme Funding (an original television funding company), the Farnborough F1 aircraft (the first distributed travel air taxi aircraft) and, currently, the Bloodhound SSC project.
These projects all started very small and, being original in concept, attracted only very limited resource.
They have always tended to be innovative - and that puts them against the odds and against the system.
But above all, these projects are difficult, and for Richard giving up is never an option.