Sir Malcolm Campbell in "Bluebird" racing automobile - Daytona Beach, Florida

Sir Malcolm Campbell in "Bluebird" racing automobile - Daytona Beach, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
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  • Sir Malcolm Campbell in "Bluebird" racing automobile - Daytona Beach, Florida

Image Number

  • RC10413


  • 1935

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General Note

  • The 30' body was built around 5 tons of machinery. Cam towers on the 2,227 cu. in. V-12 engine were formed into the hood fairing. The entire body and the tail fin were offset and the wheelbase on one side of the car was shorter than the other to compensate for the tremendous engine torque. An air scoop in the nose section added a ram effect, boosting air velocity into the big supercharger which forced the fuel mixture into a carburetor almost as large as a complete Volkswagen engine.
  • The incredible horsepower couldn't be transferred to the ground, bumps and ripples in the sand at Daytona Beach caused wheelspins and broadsides. Although clocked at 330 m.p.h., Campbell finally tied two runs together for a new record of 276.82 on March 7, 1935.

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

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Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 13733.

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