On the 11th October 2016, the community of Mier together with Premier Sylvia Lucas, MEC Mac Jack, Andy Green and the rest of the Bloodhound team launched the 365 day countdown to the Bloodhound World Land Speed record attempt that will be held in October 2017.
MEC Mac Jack and Premier Sylvia Lucas praised the residence of Mier for the outstanding job they done in moving 16,000 tonnes of stone by hand, in hot dusty conditions, in preparation for the Bloodhound project.
Speaking at the launch, Premier Sylvia Lucas said “ local improvements were of paramount importance and local communities would continue to benefit in terms of employment and infrastructure enhancements. Bloodhound has made a huge difference in the lives of the people of Mier, not only in terms of employment but the excitement of building a vehicle capable of breaking the 1600 km/h per hour record, serves as an inspiration to an entire generation of youngsters, reigniting an interest in science and technology”.
Andy Green the World land speed record holder showed appreciation to the people of Hakskeenpan. He said, “Hakskeen Pan is as important to the process of setting a record as the engineering in the car. Without this place, without the support of the local community and Northern Cape Government, we would have nowhere to run BLOODHOUND SSC“. The Bloodhound team presented certificates of recognition to the community of Mier for the good work they have done in preparing for next year’s Bloodhound SSC World Record attempt.