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  • Short Summary

    Campbell breaks the land speed record in his Napier Bluebird.

  • Description

    Item title reads: "If at first you don't succeed. Captain Campbell breaks all World's records in his Napier "Bluebird" covering a mile in 20.66 seconds."

    Pendine Sands, Wales

    M/S crowd around Bluebird including Campbell and his engineer,.

    Repeat shot, followed by L/S on sands on a wet day with Bluebird speeding left to right then right to left. The crowd mass around the car. L/S of sands, with the conditions looking drier, and the car races across again. M/S group of cars and the press. C/U of the official timekeepers vehicle. Repeat shot of Campbell and his engineer by the car, with crowds around.

    Note: record breaking run.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:16:00 / 01:41:36:00
    G 1370

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    "Campbell and his engineer" - that's his chief mechanic, Leo Villa.

    The record-breaking run referred to in the shots list took place on 4 February 1927.

  2. jamied says

    More footage of the record-breaking run exists in clip 2408.05.

  3. jamied says

    There's a little extra footage in clip 2408.07.

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