Sir Malcolm Campbell
, born on March 11
in Chiselhurst, Kent
- died December 31
, gained the world speed record on Land and on Water at various times during the 1920s
using vehicles called Bluebird. His son, Donald Campbell
, was killed, attempting to repeat his achievements thirty years later.
On September 3, 1935 Malcolm Campbell reached 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 MPH.
He also competed in Grand Prix motor racing on the continent, winning the 1927 and 1928 Grand Prix de Boulogne in France driving a Bugatti T39A.