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Courage, Patience, and Determination

Posted February 15, 2012 12:00 AM by dstrohl

After coming across the British Pathe newsreel on motor skiing recently, we dug around some more and found this newsreel on Donald Campbell setting the land-speed record in 1964 at Lake Eyre, piloting the Bluebird to 403.10 MPH. Note how massive those wheels are!

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02/16/2012 2:06 PM

I remember it like it was yesterday......

The large wheels were because they were driven and the centrifugal forces were less at the high speeds with a larger diameter wheel....probably tyre technology would not have allowed smaller wheels at that time (guessing !)

Look here for the driven wheel land speed records:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel-driven_land_speed_record

Many land speed records are jet driven and are therefore not shown on the above web link.....

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