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    Sir Malcolm Campbell describes improvements to his car - he checks the changes with a mechanic.

    Full title reads: "Daytona. The new 'Bluebird' revealed - The new Napier-Lion engine has been increased by 50 h.p. - a new nose and improved streamlining - will give extra 10 mph - but added new risks for gallant Sir Malcolm Campbell!"

    Daytona, Florida, United States of America.

    Sir Malcolm Campbell seated in cockpit of car speaks to reporters.

    "We've got a new radiator on, and a new nose, which reduces her wind resistance quite considerably. And again we've got about another 50 horse power more power from the engines. Altogether we've got available nearly 1500. I don't know, of course, what speed the car will eventually achieve. It's impossible to say because everything will depend upon the condition of the beach and the state of the weather when the attempt is being made."

    Campbell and others look around the front of the car. Crowds of people look on from behind a rope, several of the women are wearing swimming costumes. Campbell bends down to look at the nose and one of the mechanics talks to him about it. Campbell is checking that the bolts on the new nose are properly fixed. Three men (Possibly holding microphones) are standing close to Campbell.

    (Natural sound track only - No commentary)

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:59:52:00 / 02:01:06:00
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    Sport & Leisure Historical Figures & Celebrities Science & Technology
    Land speed record Landspeed King of Speed Les parisiens aiment les moteurs ! Sir Malcolm Campbell Sir Malcolm Campbell Landspeed tragedies
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    "one of the mechanics talks to him" - that's Chief Mechanic Leo Villa.

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