How to approach this? There are so many shots and histories. Here’s a sample only of the pre-jet era.
Here is a restored “Stanley Steamer” (left) and wonderful archive photo of Fred Marriott in his “Rocket” Stanley Steamer at Daytona Beach, 1906 (right):
Ernest Arthur Douglas Eldridge’s Fiat Mefistofele reached 146.01 mph (234.97 km/h) in 1924. The British driver’s land speed record was the last one set on an open road:
This is the Sunbeam Tiger, in which Segrave set his first land record in 1926, reaching 152.33 mph (245.149 km/h):
However, his record was broken the very next month, by J.G. Parry-Thomas driving this car called Babs, achieving a speed of 171.02 mph (273.6 km/h). In a later record attempt in 1927, Parry-Thomas became the first driver killed while making a land speed record attempt:
In March 1929, Segrave set his final land speed record in Golden Arrow, again at Daytona Beach, reaching 231.45 mph (372.46 km/h):
The Campbell-Railton Blue Bird was Campbell’s final record attempt car, breaking the 300 mph (482.803 km/h) barrier at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in September 1935:
Tomorrow – the jet era.