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Coleford, Gloucestershire, England
Specialists in Car, Bike, Truck, Bus and Train BOOKS , 
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 Established 1985.

Superb newly printed 10x8 inch (250x200mm) black and white photo of Malcolm Campbell and his team at Daytona Beach preparing to set off for a crack at the Land Speed record in 1935 with the Rolls Royce R Type engined car Bluebird. The attempt was successful and the record was raised to over 275mph.

This was the last time an outright land speed record was set on Ormand Beach, Daytona before all activity moved first to Boneville Salt flats at Wendover in Utah and then to Black Rock Desert.

Campbell is in the caockpit, his crew in the background and the tool cases that were brought over from England can be seen in the foreground (some of these still exist )

Malcolm Campbell was from a family of diamond mechants and made his own fortune in insurance before World War 1. He raced motorycles and cars at Brooklands before the war, the first BLUEBIRD if a long line was a Darraq Grand Prix car that he repainted blue overnight having been inspired by a play of the same name. After service in the Royal Flying Corps he raced extensively in the 1920s in Britain and europe with an assortament of different cars, assisted by one of his businesses being the importing of Bugatti sports and racing cars into Britain.
He raced in the British (RAC) Grand Prix at Brooklands in a Bugatti and later bought one of the Delage cars that had scored a resounding win in the event and scored many successes with that. He started record breaking with the 350HP Sunbeam re-christened BLUEBIRD and after three unofficial records finally got one in the bag at Pendine Beach in 1925, shortly afterwards topping that with the first official 150mph record. He built his own dedicated record car with a Napier Engine in 1926 and broke the record again with this, rebuilt it several times over the following 10 years, chaged to supercharged Napier engine then a Rolls Royce R Type motor. He was the first man past 250mph and 300mph, then took to speed boats and broke the water speed record three times, still holding it at 141 mph when he died in 1949. he was knighted as Sir Malcolm in the 1930s for his services to the presiege of the British Empire in his repeated record breaking. he was also a prolific author of many books some on motoring others on politics and he was a fervent supporter of Churchill's views in the 1930s that appeasing the Nazi's was a waste of time. During WW2 he worked as an inventor of various military gadgets.

His son Donald took up the cause and set many more water speed records in the 50s and 60s, the land speed record in 1964 but was killed in 1967 trying to top 300mph in his boat, also known, of course, as Bluebird.

This image was taken by local professional photographer Richard LeSesne and portrays the beautiful lines of the Bluebird itself in it's ultimate form.

The photo has been printed up in a commercial darkroom using the latest techniques. Please do not confuse out photo with inferior deskjet prints, they are all the real thing..



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