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Donald Campbell set a new World Land Speed Record of 403.10mph/648.73kph in this car on 17 July 1964.
Bluebird cost £1 million to make and was powered by a Bristol-Siddeley Proteus 4,100hp gas turbine engine. The tail fin was a late addition, after a disastrous crash at Bonneville, Utah in 1960. Lake Eyre, South Australia was then chosen because it was a desolate, flat, salt plain. However, untypical rain became one of a series of frustrating delays that dragged the record attempt on for two years. When the record was finally attained, Campbell returned to water speed record breaking.
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