301.13 m.p.h for One Mile. 159.30 m.p.h. for One Hour
HISTORIC RECORDS ESTABLISHED BY SIR MALCOLM CAMPBELL AND G. E. T. EYSTON
Undoubtedly the most outstanding records of the year are those made at Bonneville Salt Flats, by Sir Malcolm Campbell on September 3 and by Capt. Eyston on September 6-18.
Sir Malcolm drove ” Bluebird ” over the measured mile at 304.33 m.p.h. in one direction, and returned down the course at 298.01 m.p.h., thus setting the World’s Flying Mile Record at. 301.13 m.p.h. More than that, Sir Malcolm is the first man in the world to exceed 300 m.p.h. on land, having attained at last the speed which has been his ambition since he first attacked the Land Speed Record with the old ” V12 ” Sunbeam in 1924. It is understood that Sir Malcolm has now promised Lady Campbell that he will retire from this class of recordbreaking, unless another country should produce a car that betters ” Bluebird’s ” figure. It is a tremendous tribute to Sir Malcolm’s skill and experience and to the abilities of Reid Railton who designed the car, that this historic record was established almost without a hitch. On the faster run a tyre burst at 280 m.p.h., but Sir Malcolm contrived to maintain a steady course. After all tyres had been changed the return run was safely completed, and at first an error in estimating the actual speed made it seem that an average of 300 m.p.h. had just been missed. The error was soon corrected and the historic news released to the world that a motor-car had covered a mile in 12 seconds !
” Bluebird ” is now so well known that a full description is quite undecessary. Built at Brooklands by Messrs. Thompson and Taylor Ltd., the giant car has a Schneider Trophy type, supercharged 12cylinder Rolls-Royce engine developing 2,300 h.p. and the complete machine weighs over 4 tons. That it established the record on its first runs at Utah is a great tribute to all concerned. ” Bluebird ” was actally built in 1927, when it had a Napier engine. Since then it has undergone very extensive modification on a number of different occasions, and each time it has set up a new Land Speed figure, with one exception only, when the car established 5 mile and 5 kilo record, at Verneuk Pan. It is, perhaps, significant that the present design retains rearwheel drive and an open cock-pit. This time ingenious air-brakes assisted Campbell to check speed after the 300 m.p.h. sprint, and, as before, the venture would have been quite impossible without the special tyres supplied by Dunlops. Always, after a record of this nature, there is someone who suggests that far too much is made of the achievement, in view of the proportionately much greater speeds attained by small-engined racing cars. The same thing invariably crops up in air-racing; indeed, has occurred just recently when Howard Hughes did 352.46 m.p.h. in a 1,000 h.p. landplane, against Delmotte’s 343.30 m.p.h. in a similar type of aeroplane of only 380 h.p. The matter was very nicely summed-up by ” The Aeroplane,” which said : ” If we were arguing about comparative etliciences . . . that would be a justifiable point to raise. But in talking about absolute speeds, regard less of conditions, the argument is useless and stupid.” Exactly the same applies to the ” Motor-car Speed Record ” (as the lay-press term it), what it feels like to drive at over 300 m.p.h. only Sir Malcolm can know, but those of us who have felt unusually daring and “he-manish” after driving at a mere 100 m.p.h. would do well to try and imagine how we would have felt had the car accelerated to three times that speed !
Summing up, it is significant that Sqd.-Ldr. Orlebar, himself experienced in ultra-high-speed-travel, said in his book ” Schneider Trophy ” at a time when Sir Malcolm had reached only 250 m.p.h., that he fully appreciated the colossal task of controlling a machine travelling at this rate on the ground, and suggested that ” Bluebird ” must have been very nearly air-borne at that speed. Turning to Eyston’s records, one’s greatest admiration is for the manner in which the front-drive, Rolls-Royce engined ” Speed-of-the-Wind ” was taken straight out to Utah, and, an experimental car running far from its ” base,” functioned perfectly at phenomenal speeds. The World’s Hour Record has always been one of the most coveted, calling as it does for sustained running at speeds which could scarcely be held for one-mile only, ten years ago. To average 159.3 m.p.h. for an hour on a vast, salt lake course calls for immense fitness of both car and driver, and such an achievement deserves the highest admiration. Coveted as the ” Hour has always been, it was only a few years ago that it was raised to a speed beyond the capabilities of normal racing cars, indeed, it seems only a short time ago that Thomas astonished the motoring world by ‘covering just over 110 miles in an hour on a Leyland Thomas. Now we have Eyston’s figure of over 159 miles.
As we close for press we learn that , Eyston, and his co-drivers, A. Denby and Chris Staniland, have broken the World’s 24-Hour Record at 140.19 m.p.h., collecting numerous other records during the run.
” Bluebird.” En e-Rolls-Royce ; Tyres-Dunlop ; FuelEsso Ethyl specialOil-Patent C,astrol ; Clutch lining-Ferodo •’ Brake linings-Ferodo ; Shock absorbers-T. B. Andre ; Steering-Burman ; Steering damper and wheel-T.T.N. & Bluemel ; Instruments, etc.-S. Smith 4t Sons ; Brake servoClayton-Dewandre ; Sparking plugs-K.L.G. ; Gears -David Brown ; Frame members-John Thompson; Finish-Belco ; Radiators-Serck ; Axles and shafts -Hadflelds steels ; Springs-Woodhead GlassTriplex ; Wheel dises-Cornercrofts ; CushionsMoseley ; Magnetos-B.T.H.; Axle-gears-E.N.V. ; Accumulators-Young.
“Speed of the Wind.” Engine-Rolls-Royce ; Tyres-Dunlop; FuelB.P. Ethyl ; Oil-Patent Castrol ; Brake linings Ferodo; Shock absorbers-Andre-Hartford; Steering-Adamant ; Wheel-Dover Wheel ; Instriunents-Jaeger ; Brakes-Lockheed brakes ; ; Gears-Armstrong, Siddeley pre-selector box ; Frame members-L. T. Delaney
Ltd. ; Radiator-Gallay • Axles-Miller-type drive shafts ; Springs-Herbert Terry ;_ Whee discs-Ewarts ; Cushions-Moseley; Magnetos-B.T.H. ; Axle gears-E.N.V. ; Accumulators-Lucas.