• Short Summary

    Sir Malcolm Campbell achieves a new land speed record of 281 mph.

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

    Titles read: "Cheating death - Sir Malcolm Campbell has miraculous escape in record-breaking attempt at Daytona beach" (super over shot of Campbell in his car).

    WS. Mechanics working on "Bluebird" MS. Mechanics at work on "Blue bird". MS. Sir Malcolm being lifted into his car. MS & LS. Mechanic cleaning the sand from the bottom of Sir Malcolm's shoes to prevent slipping. WS. Crowd. LS. Mechanics starting the "Bluebird". LS. "Bluebird" pulling away.

    WS. "Bluebird" during a run. MS. Men pretending to watch the speed run. WS. The "Bluebird" during a run (which failed due to the poor condition of the beach. The bumpy surface caused the bonnet to fly off and shredded the cars tyres, but we don't see any of this) LS. Crowds surrounding the "Bluebird". CU. Exhaust outlets MS. Sir Malcolm leaning against the "Bluebird".

    Intertitle: "Two days later - Sir Malcolm succeeds in making new land speed record" (super over shot of "Bluebird" making a its record breaking run achieving 281 mph. MS. Sir Malcolm Campbell by the wheel of the "Bluebird" explaining the damage caused to the tyres during the record breaking drive during which the car came off the ground. At the end he stands.

    CU. Sir Malcolm Campbell and his wife she congratulates him and he in turn thanks her. MS. Pan along the line of mechanics and engineers behind the record breaking performance. Sir Malcolm thanks them and acknowledges their work and when he finishes they hoist him onto their shoulders.

    It is possible that some of the unseen footage of the damage to the cars tyres referred to in the commentary can be found in UN 51 I and UN 55 M.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:01:31:00 / 01:04:14:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Note that there's a loss of vision in the clip between 01:15 and 01:31.

    "over shot of "Bluebird" making a its record breaking run achieving 281 mph" - the Land Speed Record is worked out by taking the average speed from two runs, so whilst one of Campbell's runs was indeed 281mph, his average speed from the two runs, (and therefore the Land Speed Record achieved), was 276.81mph.

    The record-breaking run took place on 7 March 1935.

    "Sir Malcolm Campbell and his wife" - her name is Dorothy.

    "line of mechanics and engineers" - amongst the men seen are Leo Villa and Harry Leech.

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