Sir Malcolm Campbell, English sportsman and racer, 1935.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Sir Malcolm Campbell, English sportsman and racer, 1935.

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Campbell (1885-1949) in the cockpit of the 'Bluebird' waiting for the whistle to go, at Daytona Beach, 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 1939 he achieved his fastest speed on water with 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.
 

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