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> MOTORING MILESTONES 11, Campbell-O'Neal de Hand Segrave
paul barrett
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Throughout the 1920's and 1930's the World land speed record was a constantly moving target, with ever more powerful cars being made and more records attempted. Some attempts proved a success others were doomed to failure and fatality, one man not afraid was English American, Major Henry O'Neal de Hand Segrave and the other was Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Segrave and Campbell took it in turns to beat each other's record that started in Southport, Lancashire and ended in Florida's Daytona Beach. In 1928 Campbell has achieved over 200 M. P. H. in his Bluebird, within a few months this was exceeded by Ray Leech an American, in his Triplex Special.
Segrave not one to be left behind fought back with his Golden Arrow powered by a 23.9 litre Napier 12 cylinder Aero Engine. The body was aluminum constructed by Thrupp and Maberly.

On the 11th. March 1929 at Daytona Beach with a large crowd gatthered, Seagrave after two runs averaged nearly 232 M.P. H. When he returned to England he received a Knighthood and transferred his attention to water. He died in June 1930 when his boat, Miss England 2 struck an obstacle on Lake Windermere whilst traveling at high speed.
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