Jaymic’s first encounter
with Alternative Fuels happened in the late seventies. As a bit of fun they designed
and built a human powered vehicle (HPV) capable of 55mph, “The Poppy Flyer”.
With this machine Jaymic attempted to beat the World Record for human powered
speed. Unfortunately they were beaten into second place by 0.2 of a second over
the quarter mile at Pomona Raceway in California by a team from NASA with sponsorship
to the tune of $500,000. So, although disappointed it was still a real achievement,
especially as the European speed record went to Jaymic, which it still holds today.
The body of the first Poppy Flyer was built from polycarbonate and media publicity
bought work form the likes of Colmans (an enclosure for their new baby food line)
and Hartwell Atomic Energy (a 20th scale model of a nuclear reactor core).