BARC Easter Meeting Brooklands April 1938
Reid Railton’s (1895-1977) stunning Land Speed Record car with temporarily exposed wheel tops made its public debut outside the Thomson & Taylor showroom at Brooklands. Known as the Railton Special, it was powered by two old in-line Napier Lion W12 aircraft engines donated by sportswoman, oil millionairess, and tattooed lesbian Marion Carstairs, a close friend of Malcolm Campbell, and sourced from her speedboat Estelle V. The Special broke the World Land Speed Record twice before the war leaving it at 369.70 mph as set by John Cobb at Bonneville, Utah, on August 23, 1939.

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