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Discussion in 'The BS Topic' started by bourbon_scotch, Dec 25, 2017.
Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new record at Daytona Beach of 272.46 mph in his “Bluebird.”
Those are (Y) rated tires for sure......lol dudes got some big balls.
Honours and awards
In recognition of his service during World War I, Campbell was appointed a Member of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire on 3 June 1919.
In 1931 on his return from Daytona where he set a land speed record of 245.736 mph (395.474 km/h), Campbell was given a civic welcome and a Mansion House banquet in London, and was knighted at Buckingham Palace by King George V on 21 February 1931.
He was awarded the Segrave Trophy in 1933 and 1939.
He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.
He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994.
In 2010 an English Heritage blue plaque commemorating Campbell and his son was installed at Canbury School, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, where Donald was born in March 1921 and the Campbell family lived until late 1922.
Oh.....to be born rich!
That is something I should have done, but never remembered to plan!!!
My machinist does some of those engines, he has some 300 & 400 MPH runs he built.
Of course those customers are no ?? asked guys, you need what, go buy 2 kind of guys!!!
I can imagine doing that, but I don't think they allow bicycles.
Definite speed freak. I think he died in a high speed boat run. There's old boat racers and there's bold boat racers but no old, bold boat racers.
Can't imagine the gyro forces of those huge wheels at 275.
He died after a series of strokes in 1948 in Reigate, Surrey, aged 63 years. He was one of the few land speed record holders of his era to die of natural causes, as so many had died in crashes. His versatile racing on different vehicles made him internationally famous.
It was his son (Donald) that died in a boat record attempt. Thanks for the link, gave me something to do in work this morning. Very interesting stuff. These guys were all nuts!
They think we are nuts now a days running 213 MPH in my car, in those days, they were certifiable!!!!!!!!!
1933 Bluebird 2500hp engine, 272.108mph
that just blows my mind they had engines with that much hp and the car looks like either a locomotive or the very first batmobile