• Short Summary

    Malcolm Campbell increases the World Land Speed Record.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Daytona. Sir Malcolm Campbell's triumph - by raising World speed record to 272.108 miles per hour - puts Britain far ahead of all rivals - and for some time, too!"

    Daytona, Florida, United States of America (USA).

    Campbell's car 'The Bluebird' is rolled towards the starting line for a record attempt. Tyres are changed to slicks for the run and the engine is primed by mechanics.

    Crowds watch Blue Bird speed up and down the beach.

    Sir Malcolm Campbell stands with his crew of mechanics and talks to the camera about his joy at raising his World Land Speed record. He thanks his crew. The men shout 'three cheers for the skipper' and lift Campbell onto their shoulders.

    Quick CU of Campbell in Blue Bird. Shot of car on beach

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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:
    01:13:19:00 / 01:14:44:00

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    This record-breaking run took place on 22 February 1933.

    "He thanks his crew" - amongst the crew visible are Leo Villa and Harry Leech.

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  2. Unknown user says

    More footage from this event can be seen in clip 572.08.

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  3. Unknown user says

    Harry Leech, (mentioned in my earlier comment), was one of just 5 survivors of the R-101 airship disaster of 1930. He was also awarded the Albert Medal for rescuing another man from the burning wreckage.

    He's visible from 00:47 onwards, he's the man with the glasses next to Malcolm Campbell.

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