Hobbyist Building World's Fastest Car Out of a Fighter Jet

Your hobby sucks compared to Ed Shadle's; in his free time, he's converting an old fighter jet into a land vehicle capable of going 1280kph.

Yep, 10 years ago he managed to buy a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter for $US25,000, and he and his buddies have spent the years since turning it into the world's fastest hot rod.

The goal is to break the land speed record last year, shooting for 1280kph. He's got competition from more professional and better-funded groups, but come on. We've got to pull for the most extreme garage tinkerer in the country. Kick some arse, Ed! [NY Times

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