MAJOR SEGRAVE LOWERS THE KILOMETRE RECORD.
After experiencing hard luck on the Southport Sands, when attacking the World’s Records with the new twelve-cylinder Sunbeam, Major H. 0. D. Segrave was successful in reducing the record time for the Flying Kilometre recently. The attempt was to have been made in the morning, but the presence of a haze interfered, but when the atmosphere cleared later on in the day, the Sunbeam showed a most surprising turn of speed. The first run in one direction was quite up to expectations, but when running in the opposite direction to get a mean speed required for World’s Records, the undulations on the
surface of the sand, caused the car to jump for a distance of about twenty yards, and it is supposed that the consequent ” revving ” of the engine was responsible for the partial failure of the supercharger, which gave out just as the kilometre mark was reached, thus preventing a reduction in the time for the mile.
The mean time for the flying kilometre was 14.6876 seconds, equal to 245.11 kilometres per hour, or 152.308 miles per hour. The world’s record was thus beaten by .139 seconds. Further attempts will probably be made after the car has been fitted with two superchargers.
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