• Short Summary

    Britain's Donald Campbell - holder of the world water speed record tested the air-brakes designed for his 4-ton car 'Bluebird' at Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, May 25, in preparation for his attempt on the whorl land speed record in September on Boneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA.

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    Britain's Donald Campbell - holder of the world water speed record tested the air-brakes designed for his 4-ton car 'Bluebird' at Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, May 25, in preparation for his attempt on the whorl land speed record in September on Boneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA. When he pulls up after this record attempt, air brakes built like aircraft flaps will take 100 mile per hour off the car's speed. From 400 mph downwards Campbell will depend on wheel disc-brakes like any ordinary motorist.

    Seated in a skeleton cockpit for a "mock-up" test of the air-brakes, Donald Campbell said (SOF):
    Campbell tested the "feel" of the brakes as the disc turned at 2,600 revolutions per minute - approximately 425 mph - it burned red-hot with the sparks as his foot was applied to the pedal. Temperature at the surface of the brake pads reached 2,200 degrees fahrenheit. There was no trace of brake fade.

    The brake builders have had to provide a stopping power for Donal Campbell's right foot equivalent to that exerted by 63 drivers of ten-ton lorries all braking simultaneously at 30 mph.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA323TVEBX60GIWRSV24N11ZYD0
    Media URN:
    VLVA323TVEBX60GIWRSV24N11ZYD0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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