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Published 22 August 2012
Exciting news this week – the original Bluebird K3 Land Speed Record hydroplane powerboat will make its Goodwood debut at this year’s Revival. Commissioned in 1937 by Sir Malcolm Campbell to rival the Americans' efforts in the fight for the world water speed record, the Rolls Royce aero-engined monster set three world water speed records. The first was on Lake Maggiore in September 1937, then later twice raising her own record – the fastest speed being 130.91 mph in 1938. Although K3 will not be on water at the Revival, do make your way over to the entrance of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Concours, where the hydroplane’s flame-spitting V12 engine will thunder into life several times a day.
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