'Bluebird', Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA, 1935.
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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.