1938 World Water Speed Record

Speed : On Salt and Water

The only other man to drive an automobile more than 300 miles an hour is Sir Malcolm Campbell, also a Briton. In 1935, after setting the record at 301.129, Sir Malcolm gave in to his wife's plea that he quit risking his neck. But the bug bit him again, and he determined to become the fastest speedboat pilot.

Last week Campbell drove Bluebird over Lake Hallwyl, near Lucerne, Switzerland, at an average of 130.91 miles an hour — 1.41 faster than his own world's water record.

(Reprinted from Newsweek, September 26, 1938)


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