Golden Arrow

 

(1929)

Date Location Driver Driver Country Vehicle Power Speed over
1 Km
Speed over
1 Mile
Comments
March 11, 1929 Daytona Beach, USA Henry Segrave Great Britain Irving-Napier Golden Arrow
Napier Lion W-12 Cylinder
IC 231.56 mph (372.66 km/h) 231.36 mph (372.34 km/h)  

Golden Arrow was a land speed record racer. Built for Major Henry Segrave to take the LSR from Ray Keech, Golden Arrow was one of the first streamlined land speed racers, with a pointed nose and tight cowling. Power was provided by a 23.9 litre (1462 ci) W12 Napier Lion VIIA aeroengine, specially prepared by Napiers and originally intended for the Schneider Trophy, producing 925 hp (690 kW) at 3300 rpm. The Thrupp and Maberly aluminium bodywork was designed by ex-Sunbeam engineer J.S. Irving, and featured ice chests in the sides through which coolant ran and a telescopic sight on the cowl to help avoid running diagonally.

In March 1929, Segrave went to Daytona, and after a sole practice run, on 11 March, in front of 120,000 spectators, set a new flying mile at 231.45 mph (372.46 km/h), easily beating Keech's old speed of 207.55 mph (334.00 km/h). Two days later, Lee Bible's White Triplex crashed and killed a photographer, leading Segrave to quit land speed racing briefly, only to be killed attempting a water speed record the next year. Golden Arrow never ran again. She is now on display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, England.

 

BLUEBIRD CAR MAKES APPEARANCE


Goodwood, Sussex
LS Pan as the record-breaking speed car "Bluebird", famously driven by Donald Campbell, moves off down the track followed by Land Rover. MS Pan, Bluebird line up with three past record-breaking fast cars, "Golden Arrow", "Sunbeam" and a vintage car. CU "Sunbeam" - car which was first to reach 200 miles per hour. MS Bluebird. MS Golden Arrow. MS Vintage car. CU Crossed Union Jack and Stars and Stripes on bonnet of Bluebird. LS Line of the four cars on track.
Note: Date on original paperwork reads: 22/07/1960.


Incredible 1929 Land Speed Record The Golden Arrow
Rare silent archive film of Major Segrave's Land Speed Record attempt with one of the most iconic cars of all-time - Golden Arrow. Daytona Beach 11th March 1929, 231.45 mph. Includes rare aerial, car-to-car and onboard footage of testing and the actual attempt. Source: Duke Video Published on Apr 5, 2014

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From the days of the Montagu Motor Museum in the 1960s. Source - Flickr
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Segrave in Golden Arrow, Daytona beach 1929.
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Time -Keepers monitor Golden Arrow's run.
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1929 Golden Arrow at the National Motor Museum
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1929 Castol poster featuring Golden Arrow
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The car is unpacked from it's crate after transportation
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Spectators at Daytona Beach.
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Major Henry Segrave and his wife with Golden Arrow.