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Sir Malcolm Campbell

(1885-1948), Racing motorist; holder of land and water speed records

Sitter in 8 portraits
Born in Kent, Campbell won gold medals in the London to Lands End motorcycle trials, 1906-08. In 1910 he began racing at Brooklands in cars he called 'The Flapper'. After the 1914-18 War, in which he served in the Royal Flying Corps, Campbell won over 400 motor-racing trophies, including the 200-mile race at Brooklands in 1927 and 1928. He set up a series of world speed records in motor and hydro-plane racing, driving the Campbell-Napier Blue Bird designed by Amherst-Villiers. At Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in 1935, he was the first motorist to exceed 300 mph, and in 1939 he established the water-speed record of 141.7 mph. His son Donald followed him as 'Speed King' of the twentieth century.

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Sir Malcolm Campbell, by H.A. Stermann - NPG 4195

Sir Malcolm Campbell

by H.A. Stermann
resin and bronze life-mask, circa 1935
NPG 4195

Sir Malcolm Campbell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19209

Sir Malcolm Campbell

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 January 1931
NPG x19209

Sir Malcolm Campbell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19210

Sir Malcolm Campbell

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 January 1931
NPG x19210

Sir Malcolm Campbell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19211

Sir Malcolm Campbell

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 January 1931
NPG x19211

Sir Malcolm Campbell, by Reuben Saidman, for  Daily Herald - NPG x88290

Sir Malcolm Campbell

by Reuben Saidman, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 June 1937
NPG x88290

Sir Malcolm Campbell, by Unknown photographer - NPG x27589

Sir Malcolm Campbell

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1940s
NPG x27589

Sir Malcolm Campbell, by David Jagger - NPG D42940

Sir Malcolm Campbell

by David Jagger
brush and black ink with white heightening, published 1926
NPG D42940

Sir Malcolm Campbell, by Fred Roe - NPG D43180a

Sir Malcolm Campbell

by Fred Roe
print, 1928
NPG D43180a

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