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Land speed records – the cars and their drivers

Since we first strapped wheels to an engine we have been dreaming of going faster and faster - see some of the drivers and their cars that broke the land speed record.

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Since the first car was invented by Karl Benz back in 1885 we have been dreaming of pushing the limits of what they can do. The fastest production car in the world is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, but that pales in comparison to those drivers who have striven to break the land speed record.

Here we have a look as some of these pioneering speed demons and the incredible cars that broke records.

1

La Jamais Contente – 65.792 mph

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Driver: Camille Jenatzy (Belgium)

Date: 17 Jan 1899

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Ford 999 Racer – 91.37 mph

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Date: 12 Jan 1904

Driver: Henry Ford (USA)

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The Stanley Rocket – 127.66 mph

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Date: 26 Jan 1906

Driver: Fred Marriot (USA)

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The FIAT Mephistopheles – 145.89 mph

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Date: 12 Jul 1924

Driver: Ernest Eldridge (GBR)

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Sunbeam 350HP – 150.87 mph

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© MacGregor/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Date: 25 Sep 1924

Driver: Malcolm Campbell (GBR)

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Babs – 170 mph

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© E. Bacon/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Date: 28 Apr 1926

Driver: Parry Thomas (GBR)

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Blue Bird – 174.88 mph

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Date: 4 Feb 1927

Driver: Malcolm Campbell

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The Mystery (aka Sunbeam 1000 hp) – 203.79 mph

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Date: 29 Mar 1927

Driver: Henry Segrave (GBR)

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The Golden Arrow – 231.446 mph

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Date: 11 Mar 1929

Driver: Henry Segrave (GBR)

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Blue Bird – 253.97 mph

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© Central Press/Getty Images

Date: 24 Feb 1932

Driver: Malcolm Campbell (GBR)

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Thunderbolt – 311.42 mph

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© Davies/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Date: 19 Nov 1937

Driver: George Eyston (GBR)

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The Railton – 350.2 mph

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Date: 15 Sep 1938

Driver: John Cobb (GBR)

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The Spirit of America – 407.447 mph

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© National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Date: 5 Aug 1963

Driver: Craig Breedlove (USA)

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The Green Monster – 434.03 mph

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Date: 5 Oct 1964

Driver: Art Arfons (USA)

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The Spirit of America – Sonic 1 – 555.485 mph

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Date: 2 Nov 1965

Driver: Craig Breedlove (USA)

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The Blue Flame – 630.478 mph

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Date: 23 Oct 1970

Driver: Gary Gabelich (USA)

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Thrust2 – 634.051 mph

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© National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Date: 4 Oct 1983

Driver: Richard Noble (GBR)

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Thrust SSC – 760.343 mph

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© David Madison/Getty Images

Date: 15 Oct 1997

Driver: Andy Green (GBR)

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