Sir Malcolm Campbell, English sportsman and racer, 1929.
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Photograph showing Campbell (1885-1949) sitting in his racing car the 'Bluebird' at the South African Dustpan preparing to break a speed record. Campbell was the holder of both the land and water speed records from 1927 onwards. In 1935 he became the first man to break 300 mph on land with 301.1291 mph. In 1939 he achieved his fastest speed on water reaching 141.74 mph. He called all his racing cars and speed boats 'Bluebird' after the symbol of unattainability in the play of that name by Maurice Maeterlinck.