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442 Bluebird. (1961)

Donald Campbell set a new World Land Speed Record of 403,10 mph (648.783 kph) in this car on the 17th July 1964

Bluebird cost £ 1 million to build and was powered by a Bristol-Siddeley Proteus 4,100 bhp gas turbine engine. The tail fin was a later addition, following a crash at Bonneville, Utah in 1960.

Lake Eyre, South Australia was then chosen because it was a desolate,flat, salt plain. However rain became one of a series of delays that dragged the record attempt on for two years. With the record finally achieved, Campbell returned to Water Speed Record Breaking.

Note the small model of The Golden Arrow alongside. The full sized car will appear later in this sequence

shot at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu 15.05.2010.

Ref 58-442

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Taken on May 15, 2010