Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird V returns to the UK, with other land speed record breakers, for the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Speed
12 July 2013

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V, which broke the land speed record in 1935, has returned to the UK after its last visit in 2004.  

The Bluebird, which departed on Friday 7 June, arrived in England on 29 June. It is currently on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as part of the event's 20th anniversary celebrations.

Goodwood Festival of Speed founder, the Earl of March. said he was thrilled that the vehicle was sent over.  

The Bluebird, which reached 276.82mph at Daytona Beach, USA, is joined by Donald Campbell’s Bluebird CN7. It is the first time the two record breakers have been together since the 1960s.

Joining the Bluebirds is Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 350bhp Sunbeam V12 LSR racer, from the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, and Henry Seagrave’s 1927 LSR Sunbeam 1000bhp Tiger. The Tiger is currently stored in Utah, USA.

The Bluebird V is currently based at the Daytona International Speedway. The Speedway’s president, Joie Chitwood III, called the iconic vehicle’s creator “one of the greatest land speed record holders in history".

He added: "We are honoured to have it represent the 'World Centre of Racing' at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed”.  

Piers Irvine

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