• Short Summary

    Sir Malcolm Campbell shows off the improvements to Bluebird - we see the car without its body shell.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Brooklands. Introducing the new 'Bluebird' - and Sir Malcolm Campbell will tell you all about it."

    Brooklands, Surrey.

    The new version of Bluebird is wheel out by her crew. The body panels have been removed. Views of the car chassis and engine without the body panels.

    Sir Malcolm Campbell stands behind the car and answers the interviewers questions about the changes to the car. It has a new power unit. (Cut away to car to show Rolls Royce engine).

    C/U of various parts of the engine.

    Shot of interview, Campbell and Bluebird.

    Campbell says they will be ready for another record attempt next year. He praises the work. (Cut away to shot of car). He discusses the siting of the petrol tanks - one of them is under the driver's seat! He says the car is 'a credit to British engineering'. He discusses the system for accelerating through the gears. (C/U of the gears and crank shaft).

    Campbell climbs into the cockpit of the car shell. He discusses the car with his mechanic.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:56:00 / 01:37:27:00

Comments (1)

  1. James Thorne says

    This car was a significant rebuild of the Napier "Lion"-engined Blue Bird with which Sir Malcolm Campbell had broken the World Land Speed Record in 1931 (at 246.09mph) and again (and the 250mph barrier, at 253.91mph) in 1932.
    Now powered by a new supercharged 36.7 litre Rolls Royce "R" engine, Campbell used this evolution of the car to increase his own World Land Speed Record to 272.46mph at Daytona Beach on 22nd February 1933.
    Subsequent further modification enabled him eventually to take the car to over 300mph, setting the record at 301.47mph, at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1935.

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