23rd January 2006

 

LINCOLN GRADUATE AIMS TO SET NEW WORLD RECORD

 

A graduate from the University of Lincoln, who has been selected to take part in the British Steam Car Challenge, is hoping to become a world record breaker.

 

Annette Getty will attempt to set a ladies’ land speed record for steam powered vehicles while fellow driver Charles Burnett will attempt to set the ultimate record which unofficially stands at 145.607 mph.

 

Annette (26), who is originally from Burnley in Lancashire, studied Business Studies at the Cottingham Road Campus in Hull.

Whilst at university Annette was required to complete a placement year and joined high-tech engineering company PDS (CNC) Engineering Ltd. She also worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston as a Monitor for the prestigious international space school.

Annette’s father John Getty is a project manager and has worked on various world record attempts including the Thrust Supersonic Car land speed record.

Meeting Glynne Bowsher, Andy Green and the rest of the ThrustSSC team, and having the opportunity to watch the car take shape from the early days of that project, sparked Annette’s interest in record breaking.

She went on to become involved in the engineering of Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand’s ICO Global Round the World Balloon Global Challenger Project and several other record attempt endeavours.

She is currently engaged in high speed driving training as well as taking part in competitive motor sports events to prepare her for the Steam Car Challenge.

Work on the car is due to be completed some time in the spring ready for the world record attempt in South Africa later in the year.

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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