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The British steam car performs its basic operational trial April 1, 2009, at former World War II Royal Air Force Base Thorney Island in England. Steam heated by liquid petroleum powered the car. The car was brought to Edwards Air Force Base, California, to use the lake bed as a natural environment to test the car's technology. (Courtesy photo)

Steam car attempts to break record on lake bed

A British steam car is displayed at Edwards July 15, 2009. The car later broke the land speed record on a six-mile stretch of one of the lake beds here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heather Anhalt)

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