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Last summer, a British team traveled to the United States with a giant green steam-powered streamliner in an effort to break the longstanding top speed record for a steam car, which had previously been set at 127 miles per hour way back in 1906 by Fred Marriot in a Stanley Steamer. Long story short, the team set a new record with an official two-way average of 139.843 miles per hour.

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British Steam Car - Click above to watch the video after the break

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British Steam Car - Click above to watch the video after the break

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British Steam Car Challenge world speed record – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Finally, after much ado and a number of stalled attempts, the British Steam Car Challenge team has finally set the world record it has sought for so long. With an official two-way average of 139.843 miles per hour, the steam-powered streamliner really is the Fastest Kettle in the World. Congrats!

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Yesterday, the British Steam Car Challenge team issued a release indicating that today would likely (finally) be the day that Fred Marriott's hundred-year-old officially recognized top speed record of 127 miles per hour in a Stanley steam car would fall. Today's update: Check back tomorrow.

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Who knew a World Speed Record set all the way back in 1906 at the Daytona Beach Road Course would be such a tough nut to crack? We've been following the British Steam Car Challenge and its team of would-be record setters for the last couple of years, so the thought of waiting another month for the crew's first official record attempt should be no problem at all.

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We have good news and bad news to report regarding the British team that hopes to set a new land speed record for a steam-powered car. First, the bad: The car completely failed to operate during an important testing session that took place last week. The good: The record, which currently sits at 127.659 miles per hour, has been around since 1906, so we think their bid to establish a new mark is safe.

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Click above to watch a video of an early steam car run

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Click above to watch a video of the steam car in action

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