VIDEO: Rainworth pupils go for the record books

Talented teenage engineers at a Rainworth school will today (Saturday 4th October) be following in the footsteps of legendary speed-merchant Donald Campbell when they try to break a land speed record.

But unlike the famed daredevil who broke both the land and water speed records in the 1960s, the youngsters at Joseph Whitaker School will be attempting to smash the world speed record for a rocket-powered model car.

The members of the young engineers club at the Warsop Lane school were less inspired by the Bluebird pilot, who lost his life in 1967 trying to retake the water speed record, than modern-day speed enthusiast Richard Noble, designer of the Bloodhound rocket car.

And after another school set the first land speed record for a model car in 2011, the budding engineers decided it was time to try and enter the record books.