1935 Blue Bird V - Land Speed Record 484.5 km/h
Sir Malcolm Campbell has set a land speed record back in 1935 with Blue Bird V. The vehicle is currently on on display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
Sir Malcolm Campbell set a land speed record of 445 km/h (276.82) mph in the Blue Bird V at Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, in February 1935 and then went on to become the first person to exceed 300 mph when he achieved a record 484.5 km/h (301.129 mph) in it at Bonneville salt flats, Utah, in September of the same year.
"Beaulieu has been home to Donald Campbell's Bluebird CN7 since the 1960s, so it is wonderful to finally see his father's most famous Land Speed Record Breaker, the Blue Bird V, displayed alongside it in the museum. To see these legendary vehicles together is an unforgettable experience, and we hope that by having them on display, they will inspire a whole new young generation and reignite the interest in land speed record breaking.", commented Beaulieu Commercial Director, Stephen Munn.
This incredible Blue Bird display will only be on show for a few months, as the Blue Bird V will be making its return journey across the Atlantic at the end of November, so do not miss this amazing opportunity to view these three Blue Birds together.
The current land speed record is held by Andy Green, who reached the amazing 1227.99 km/h (763.035 mph = Mach 1.016) with Thrust SSC (picture below) – powered by two Rolls-Royce Sprey turbofan engines with power output of 110,000HP (82 MW) and netthrust of 223 kN.