Sir Malcolm Campbell, English sportsman and racer, 1933.
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Photograph showing Campbell (1885-1949) and his Rolls-Royce powered racing car the 'Bluebird' at Daytona Beach racetrack, Florida. Campbell was the holder of both land and water speed records from 1927 onwards. In 1935 he became the first man to break 300 mph on land reaching 301.1291 mph in Utah, USA. In 1939 he achieved his fastest speed on water with 141.74 mph. All his racing cars and speed boats were named 'Bluebird' after the symbol of unattainability in the play of that name by Maurice Maeterlinck.