On this day in history : 3rd September 1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell breaks his own land speed record by reaching 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville salt flats in Utah….

Sir Malcolm Campbell – Public domain

This record made Campbell the first to drive an automobile over 300mph – and it was the ninth time he had topped his own land speed record…. He had first set a record of 146.6mph eleven years before at Pennine Sands in Wales – and in 1932 had reached over 250mph…. On the 7th of March 1935 he topped 275mph – just six months before his record at the Bonneville salt flats…. All of his cars were named ‘Bluebird’….

Campbell also set four water speed records, topping at just under 142mph…. His son, Donald, was to follow in his tracks….becoming the first to reach 400mph…. Only to be killed in an accident in 1967….

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