Sir Malcolm Campbell (born March 11, 1885 in Chislehurst, Kent, England - died December 31, 1948 in Reigate, Surrey, England) was a racing motorist and motoring journalist. He gained the world speed record on land and on water at various times during the 1920s and 1930s using vehicles called Bluebird. His son, Donald Campbell, was killed in 1967, attempting to repeat his achievements.
Grand Prix career
Land speed record
Water speed records
He set the water speed record four times. His highest speed was 141.740 mph in the Bluebird K4. He set the record on August 19, 1939 on Coniston Water in Great Britain.
He died after a long illness in 1948. He was one of the few land speed record holders of his era to die of natural causes. His versatile racing on different vehicles made him internationally famous.
- He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.
- He was awarded the Segrave Trophy in 1933 and 1939.
- He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994.
He was a Vice President of the Middlesex County Automobile Club.
He became interested in the search for buried treasure in the Cocos Islands.
Campbell was depicted by Robert Hardy in a BBC dramatisation of the attempt on the land speed record with Bluebird II.