Over the last eight years, British couple, Carolynne Campbell (no relation to Donald) and David Knight have designed and built a rocket powered car in their back garden. Named Laffin Gas, it is ten times as powerful as a formula one racing car and can currently reach speeds of over 300mph. However, had it not been for Calne based company BIL, the rocket car may never have even made it to the test track.
Having spent more than £50,000 on design, development and build, Carolynne and David had overcome many problems, which involved redesigning or reinventing elements for the rocket powered car. There was one problem however that they could not solve alone, that of how to move the car safely and easily whilst in transit.
Carolynne and David developed and built a dolly system on which they installed homemade castors, but they were very hard to steer and unstable, no surprise considering the sheer length and size of the 300mph car. It quickly became evident that those wheels would not be sufficient to manoeuvre the car around so Carolynne contacted Tim Murrow, UK Sales Manager at BIL Group, the castors and materials handling experts. Together, they solved the problem and supplied castors that could carry the rocket car without the instability and poor manoeuvrability of the existing ones.
"The wheels are great – they glide along like silk. BIL came back with an offer to have their experts review the problem and sort it out for us – and at no charge. Brilliant! What a great company!" said Carolynne
Tim Murrow was very enthusiastic about the project from the start and alluded to an ongoing relationship between the Laffin Gas team and BIL:
"The rocket car is a fantastic project and BIL is proud to be a part of it. Our technical department thoroughly assessed the situation to make sure that Carolynne and David received the best possible castors."
When BIL Managing Director Mark Farrell heard about the project he was stunned that someone had been able to create a 300mph rocket car in their back garden but was eager to help:
"Every company would jump at a chance to contribute to such an amazing project and we certainly did. Not only were we delighted to help Carolynne and David by supplying some of our heavy duty, high quality castors but we have also offered future financial support to help the development of the car."
Working together to solve the problem of the castors, Carolynne, David and BIL Group are looking forward to hopefully making history with the Laffin Gas Car. Carolynne plans to smash the UK land speed record and possible hit an incredible 400mph during the course of next year. But now at least, with BIL on their side, they will not have to worry about getting the car where it needs to go.