301.128 MPH - BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, 3 SEPTEMBER 1935
Sir Malcolm Campbell powered his 2,300hp, Rolls Royce R, V12 supercharged Campbell-Railton Blue Bird across the Bonneville Salt Flats to a World Record Breaking speed of 301.128mph - the fastest man in the world.
The simple dream of going fast had taken Sir Malcolm around the world and back. Over the course of a decade he had taken that dream to a blistering climax in the searing heat of the Bonneville Salt Flats, but that dream had come true; he had done it. Sir Malcolm had secured his place, not just in the World Speed Records, but in popular culture too - he was world famous.
THE ORIGINAL SPEED MASTER
Car brands and auto-part companies clamoured for Sir Malcolm's endorsements, ladies flocked to his side and men wanted to be him. But the most significant moment in all of the events that transpired on that 3rd day of September in 1935, belonged to a small spectator. Donald Campbell, Sir Malcolm’s only son, had travelled to Utah with him to witness this new World Record attempt. Seeing his Dad wrestle that magnificence of cutting edge engineering to such ludicrously fast speeds, was something that would set off a whole new chapter of speed chasing in the decades to follow.
In honour of Malcolm's achievement, the Bonneville has been limited to 301 pieces, celebrating the incredible speed that he achieved on that glorious day in Utah.
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