Blue Bird V, Bluebird CN7 and Blue Bird Land Speed Record Breakers on display
Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird V Land Speed Record Breaker joins 2 Blue Bird record breakers on display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, after their showcasing at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Daytona Beach, Florida Blue Bird V record was 276.82 mph in February 1935. That September he went into record books as the 1st person to exceed 300 mph at 301.129 mph at Bonneville salt flats, Utah.
The iconic car joins Bluebird CN7, driven by Sir Malcom Campbell’s son, Donald who attained a land speed record of 403.10 mph at Lake Eyre, Australia in 1964. The other car was used by Sir Malcolm Campbell, the Sunbeam 350hp renamed Blue Bird to attain record speeds of 146.16 mph in 1924, and 150.766 mph in 1925 at Pendine Sands. Another acr on display is Major Henry Segrave’s Sunbeam 1000hp that recorded speed of 203.793 mph at Daytona Beach in 1927.
Beaulieu Commercial Director, Stephen Munn, said, “Beaulieu has been home to Donald Campbell’s Bluebird CN7 since the 1960s, so it is wonderful to finally see his father’s most famous Land Speed Record Breaker, the Blue Bird V, displayed alongside it in the museum. To see these legendary vehicles together is an unforgettable experience, and we hope that by having them on display, they will inspire a whole new young generation and reignite the interest in land speed record breaking.”