It has just been confirmed that world land speed record breaker Richard Noble will be guest of honour at the launch of the ‘Made In Sleaford’ exhibition taking place next week.
Mr Noble held the world land speed record for a car with Thrust 2 and led the team behind the current supersonic record holder Thrust SSC.
He is now leading an engineering education project to break the 1,000mph barrier with the Bloodhound supersonic car in South Africa next year.
SHD Composites of Sleaford are a sponsor of the project and have provided carbon components for the car. Mr Noble will be paying a visit to the factory on Friday October 9 to thank the workforce in person for their contribution.
Co-founder of the company, Helen Doughty said: “We had confirmation that he is coming this morning.
“He will come to the factory and see the guys and then move on to launch a business networking event for the Made In Sleaford exhibition.”
She said that he would also learn about a new ambassador training programme being started by SHD in partnership with St George’s Academy where sixth formers will train with the Bloodhound team to be able to lead engineering education sessions with primary schools in the future getting youngsters to build K’Nex cars and other activities.
Students will be visiting the Made In Sleaford exhibition on the Friday to see a detailed cutaway model of the Bloodhound car at the National Centre for Craft and Design in town.
Mrs Doughty said: “It is all tying in very nicely. It’s lovely having Richard here as well and a good endorsement of all that is going on here with the training programme.”
On the Saturday the exhibition will open up to the general public. The show will be spread across Eastgate Green, Navigation Yard and in the NCCD. It will showcase Sleaford’s manufacturing and design heritage past and present, ranging from flour and seeds to local film producers Tin Hat Productions and their films, Fray Bentos and Our Shining Sword. There will be iconic Carlight caravans from the Carlight Heritage Collection, Bailey trailers and pianos by White and Sentance.
Organiser NKDC also wants to promote awareness of local employment opportunities in manufacturing with the two day event providing a platform for local businesses to show off all the fantastic things being designed and built on their doorstep.
There will be demonstrations and tasting sessions and a chance to enter the Bloodhound SSC Challenge.
A manufacturing and industrial heritage ‘Mint to Maltings’ tour is planned in conjunction with Sleafordian Coaches and will include a number of important heritage sites in the town, including the Romano British Mint and Bass Maltings, through Iron Age coinage, Medieval milling, navigable-trade, the enormity of the Edwardian Bass Maltings and through to contemporary, cutting-edge composites.