Bluebird Racing Car 1935

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    Sir Malcolm Campbell poses for the cameras in front of his new Bluebird racing car at the Brooklands race track, 1935.

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    "It was just over 80 years ago to the day that Sir Malcolm Campbell drove his beloved car known as Blue Bird straight into the record books. He became the first human being to reach 300mph behind the wheel of an automobile, that is if you want to consider the Blue Bird an automobile. This old girl was built with one thing in mind, speed and a whole lot of it."

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    Wow!!! Great looking car.
     
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    Sir

    Malcolm Campbell (bio)

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    Circa 1935

    Campbell died after a series of strokes in 1948 in Reigate, Surrey, aged 63. He was one of the few land speed record holders of his era to die of natural causes, for so many had died in crashes.

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    Campbell's grave at St Nicholas' Church in Chislehurst
     
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    From what I can find it was 900 horsepower, and had 12 cylinders
     
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    Bluebird, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA, 1935.
    UNITED STATES - AUGUST 06: Snapshot photograph of Sir Malcolm Campbell's (1885-1948) car 'Bluebird'. All Campbell's racing cars and boats were painted blue and named 'Bluebird'. This was the second car to be so named. It had already set a number of land speed records at Daytona, Florida, before refitting with a Rolls Royce R-type 2500 hp engine. Campbell drove the car at Bonneville to set a new land speed record of 301.13 mph on 3 September 1935. Campbell developed a passion for speed at an early age. He began racing bicycles before moving on to successfully race motorbikes, cars, aeroplanes and speedboats. He set a number of land speed records in the 1920s and 1930s. His son Donald became the first person to establish both land and water speed records in the same year. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
     
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    That's a lot of horsepower 2500 HP I must have looked up the wrong car.
     
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    The first car may have been 900HP. They were all named bluebird.
     
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    Yes I think that is the case
     
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    I recall all those cars running on the Bonneville Salt Flats when I was a kid, all going for the world land speed record. I wonder why that stopped. Don't tell me a family of endangered burrowing owls moved in.
     
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