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Published 10 June 2013

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Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V to Return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to Join Other Campbell Land Speed Record Breakers for the Very First Time

In just five weeks time, this summer’s 20th anniversary Festival of Speed (12-14 July) will see a number of remarkable and rarely-seen Land Speed Record (LSR) vehicles gathered together at Goodwood – many for the very first time - as the world’s most popular motor sport and car culture event gets underway.

Bluebird V LSR

For the second time in its history, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V LSR car is crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Daytona International Speedway to the United Kingdom, to be displayed on the historic Goodwood Cricket Pitch at the 2013 Festival of Speed.

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V LSR vehicle set a land speed record of 276.82 mph in Daytona Beach, USA, in 1935.  It will be joined at the Festival of Speed by Donald Campbell’s (Sir Malcolm’s son) Bluebird CN7 LSR, being generously loaned to Goodwood by the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu,.  This will be the first time since the 1960s that the two legendary Campbell Bluebirds will have appeared together.  Sir Malcolm Campbell’s  350bhp Sunbeam V12  LSR racer (also from Beaulieu) will be displayed too, as will Henry Seagrave’s fiercesome 1927 LSR Sunbeam 1000bhp Tiger. 

World Center of Racing

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III says “We are proud to have this treasured artifact make a special voyage across the Atlantic Ocean for display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Bluebird V is an iconic vehicle of one of the greatest land speed record holders in history, Sir Malcolm Campbell, and we are honoured to have it represent the “World Center of Racing” at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

Goodwood Festival of Speed founder, the Earl of March, adds “I am really thrilled that the Daytona International Speedway is sending the amazing Bluebird V back to Goodwood, and I can’t wait to see it alongside the Bluebird CN7 for the very first time.”

The Bluebird V, which previously travelled to the United Kingdom for the 2004 Goodwood Festival of Speed, will depart the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building on Friday 7 June.  After a short trip to Charleston, South Carolina, the 28 foot, three inches (8.6 metres), 10,000-pound (4,535kg) Bluebird V will begin crossing the Atlantic Ocean on Friday 14 June, with a scheduled arrival date in England of Saturday 29 June, so fast on land, but slow on the sea..

Sir Malcolm Campbell first broke the land speed record in 1924 at 146.16 mph (235.22 km/h) at Pendine Sands in Wales, in the 350HP V12 Sunbeam.  He went on to break nine LSRs between 1924 and 1935, with three at Pendine Sands and five at Daytona Beach in the Sunbeam.

On 4 February 1927 Campbell set a new LSR at Pendine Sands, covering the Flying Kilometre (in an average of two runs) at 174.883 mph (281.447 km/h) and the Flying Mile in 174.224 mph (280.386 km/h), in the Napier-Campbell Blue Bird.  He set his final LSR at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on 3 September 1935, and he was the first person to drive a car at over 300 mph, averaging 301.337 mph (484.955 km/h) in two passes.

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