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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Did you know that the World Record for a Tether Car is 214.36 miles an hour?

Did you know that Tether Cars are model racing cars powered by miniature internal combustion engines and tethered to a central post?

Did you know that Tether Cars unlike radio control cars, the driver has no remote control over the model's speed or steering?

Did you know that Tether cars are about 12–24 inches (30–61 cm) long, 3–4 inches (7.6–10 cm) wide, run on rubber tires 3–4 inches (7.6–10 cm) in diameter, have a cast metal body (usually magnesium and aluminum, but also fiberglass and wood bodies), and have robust gear drives?

Did you know that Tether cars were developed beginning in the 1920s–30s and still are built, raced and collected today?

Did you know that Tether Cars were first made by hobby craftsmen, tether cars were later produced in small numbers by commercial manufacturers such as Dooling Brothers (California), Dick McCoy (Duro-Matic Products), Garold Frymire (Fryco Engineering) BB Korn, and many others?

Did you know that examples of the early cars, made from 1930s to the 1960s, are avidly collected today and command prices in the thousands of dollars?

Did you know that the World Record for a Tether Car is  214.36 miles an hour?

Class Date Driver Speed
km/h mph
WMCR I (1.5cm³) December 9, 2006 Sweden Jan-Erik Falk 268.697 166.961
WMCR II (2.5cm³) May 31, 2008 Estonia Priit Hoyer 283.942 176.433
WMCR III (3.5cm³) August 13, 2004 Estonia Mart Sepp 293.375 182.295
WMCR IV (5cm³) July 1, 2012 Sweden Jan-Erik Falk 310.708 193.065
WMCR V (10cm³) March 29, 2009 Italy Gualtiero Picco 344.959 214.358

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