Blue Bird V returns to Goodwood

| 14 Jun 2013

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird V – which broke the Land Speed Record in 1935 – will go on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 12-14 July.

The FoS has been locked in negotiations with the Daytona International Speedway to secure the car for the display – only the second time that it has left the famous American raceway.

The 276.2mph car will be displayed on Goodwood’s Cricket Pitch alongside the Bluebird CN7 of Sir Malcolm’s son, Donald, who raised the recored to 403.1mph at Lake Eyre in 1964. It will be the first time since the ’60s that the two have appeared together.

Joining the later cars is the Sunbeam V12, which achieved a record-breaking 146.16mph on the Pendine Sands, Wales in 1924, plus the 1000bhp Sunbeam Tiger.

The Sunbeam took Sir Henry Segrave to a speed of 203.79mph in 1927, making him the first man to travel at more than 200mph in a land vehicle. 

Joie Chitwood II, president of the Daytona International Speedway, said: “We are proud to have this treasured artefact make a special voyage across the Atlantic Ocean for display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

Tickets can be purchased on the event’s website.