The Isle of Man Post Office has issued an unusual sheet of stamps to celebrate the BLOODHOUND Project and its connections to the Isle of Man. The sheet, which was launched during a recent visit to the island by members of the BLOODHOUND Team, includes disappearing ink.
The stamps commemorate the Project’s links to the Isle of Man. Important elements of the Car are being designed and made in the island, including a regulator created by Swagelok which will play a crucial role in the fuel system.
To reflect the incredible levels of engineering excellence involved in the Project, the sheet features three special print finishes: metallic ink, varnish and thermochromic ink, which disappears when heated to reveal a technical drawing of the Car. Designed by Isle of Man Advertising & PR and featuring two stamps, the sheet costs £4.50.
BLOODHOUND visits the Isle of Man
Members of the BLOODHOUND team recently visited the island to inspire the next generation of Manx engineers, meeting schoolchildren and telling them about the Project.
It is hoped the trip, organised by the Isle of Man Engineering and Manufacturing Sector and the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development, will inspire more youngsters to consider engineering as a career and take advantage of opportunities created by the private and public sectors in partnership.
Inspired to create
Maxine Cannon, general manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with the BLOODHOUND team to highlight this ambitious project to break a world record. It is a marvellous example of British ingenuity and engineering excellence, and we’re particularly proud that components made and designed right here in the Isle of Man are part of the adventure.
“This exciting application of technology should prove inspirational to youngsters and encourage them to consider a career in engineering, and that is certainly the aim of the visit in September. The Isle of Man has a strong and busy engineering sector and private firms are working with government to bring in more young people to the profession.
“Given the ‘hi-tech’ nature of the BLOODHOUND Project we felt it was only fitting to apply some extra printing techniques to the miniature sheet, including thermochromic ink which adds a very different element to this stamp issue.”
Tony Parraman, BLOODHOUND’s head of sponsor liaison, added: ‘The BLOODHOUND Project aims to set a new World Land Speed Record which will go in to the history books. The Isle of Man stamp collection will be part of recording that history. Stamps are collected across the world and are a record of our past in miniature, and it is a great honour to have the Car as part of the Isle of Man Post Office’s collection.”
How to order the BLOODHOUND stamps
The sheet of stamps “BLOODHOUND SSC - The Adventure Takes Shape” can be ordered from www.iompost.com/Bloodhound