Another Attempt to Break the World Land Speed Record

UK – History will repeat itself on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, when Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE, will attempt to set speed records in his car Bluebird.

In 1924, Malcolm Campbell achieved his first World Land Speed Record of 146.16mph at Pendine Sands. This begun a long history of record breaking by the Campbell family.

Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and nephew of Donald Campbell CBE, started his record-breaking career in 1998 when he broke the UK Land Speed Record for an electric car.

Wales subsequently raised the electric record to 137mph at Pendine Sands in 2000 and in 2009 he broke the world speed record for a steam car at 148mph.

Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the speed record nine times in various Bluebird cars powered by both Napier and Rolls Royce engines. His records set at Pendine Sands were:

25 September 1924 – 146.16 mph
21 July 1925 – 150.766mph
4 February 1927 – 174.88mph.

He achieved 301.12mph in 1935 on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. His son, Donald, continued the record breaking tradition and broke the 400mph barrier in a turbine powered Bluebird. Don Wales holds a World Land Speed Record, two American National Records and eight UK records.

Report by Trendy Africa motoring, UK

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