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Britain falls in love with the motorcar 
The fastest car in the world
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The Railton Mobil Special Land Speed Record Car

The Railton Mobil Special Land Speed Record Car | © Thinktank Trust | Come and see it in the Move It gallery at Thinktank

John Cobb broke the Land Speed Record in this car three times. His final record set in 1947 was 394.20 miles per hour.
Cobb set his first record in a speed duel with fellow Englishman Captain George Eyston. It took place in the summer of 1938 on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.
Eyston reclaimed the record the next day in his car Thunderbolt. Cobb regained the record in 1939, and improved it in 1947.
This car is one of the high points in Britain’s love affair with the motorcar... 
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Who was John Cobb?
John Rhodes Cobb (1900-1952)
Donald Campbell’s Bluebird Land Speed Record Car can be seen at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire


Who broke John Cobb’s record?

Watch the car breaking the land speed record in 1947

Watch the car breaking the land speed record in 1947

Car designer Reid Railton talks about why John Cobb wanted to break the record

Listen to car designer Reid Railton talking about John Cobb
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