1. Benz No 3, 1914
The first British land speed record holder was a man named Lydston Hornsted. Using a Benz No 3 he clocked 124.09mph at Brooklands in 1914. Not bad for a Mercedes-Benz dealer from London.
2. Benz No 3, 1914
The Benz No 3 produced 197bhp from an in-line four-cylinder engine and had seen victory in hillclimb events before Hornsted’s record run.
3. Sunbeam 350HP, 1925
1925 saw a Brit become the first to breach the 150mph barrier. Malcolm Campbell was the man at the wheel of the record breaking Sunbeam.
4. Sunbeam 350HP, 1925
The Sunbeam 350HP he used featured an 18.3-litre V12 aero engine. But something it didn’t have was a seatbelt.
5. Sunbeam 1000HP, 1927
Sunbeam returned to the headlines in 1927 when one of its cars became the first in the world to reach over 200mph.
6. Sunbeam 1000HP, 1927
Called the Sunbeam 1000HP, Henry Segrave reached 203.79mph thanks to a pair of 22.4-litre V12 aero engines.
7. Bluebird, 1932
Segrave and Campbell battled for the title of 'fastest man on land' for years, but it was Campbell who got to 250mph first. His iconic Bluebird car set the record at 253.97mph in 1932.
8. Bluebird, 1935
Three years later Campbell became the first person to drive at over 300mph in his latest 36.7-litre Bluebird.
9. Bluebird, 1964
After some controversy over the rules, and the nullification of Spirit of America’s run, it was another Campbell-Bluebird combination in 1964 that ticked the record over 400mph.
10. Bluebird, 1964
However, it wasn’t Malcolm Campbell that set the record. The Bluebird CN7 was piloted by his son, Donald, who reached 403.10mph.
11. Thrust 2, 1983
The land speed record then fell into American hands for 19 years. That was until Richard Noble in Thrust 2 reached 634.051mph.
12. Thrust 2, 1983
Thrust 2 surpassed the previous record that had stood for 13 years. Quite the achievement.
13. Thrust SSC, 1997
The record would remain with the British thanks to RAF pilot Andy Green who took Thrust SSC to 713.990mph in 1997.
14. Thrust SSC, 1997
713mph was mighty impressive, but shy of the car's supersonic target. Another run one month later yielded 760.343mph. That’s faster than the speed of sound.
15. Bloodhound, 2020?
Andy Green will be back in the hot seat for another record attempt as Bloodhound SSC aims to become the first car to breach 1,000mph in 2018.
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