Today, Surrey resident Randy Pierce, 64, and 25 other adventure junkies are building on that heritage inside the Plastec warehouse in Port Kells, where they're hoping to produce the world's fastest diesel streamliner car ever.

Built for bragging rights, the 30-foot-long body of the beast, powered with the brute energy equivalent to a thousand horses, looks like a sleek Sabre jet. Its steel frame and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic skin will contain a four-cylinder, 3.9-litre Cummins diesel engine, with a turbocharger and nitrous oxide injection, and will be equipped with disc brakes and two parachutes for stopping power.

"We expect we'll run the car to about 220 miles an hour and change, somewhere in that neighbourhood," Pierce says.

And that's just to set the landspeed record. After that, he adds, "we hope to go 330 miles an hour. That's what the car will do on the computer."

That's 531 kilometres an hour.

The Goldenhawk is named in tribute to the Royal Canadian Golden Hawks, in a nod to Pierce's one-time service as a public relations photographer with the airforce.