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History of Land Speed Records

IC - Internal Combustion | T - Turbine Powered | JT - Jet Vehicles | ST - Steam Powered | EL - Electric

All Out Land Speed Record List
(Chart below does not different between type of power, this chart is showing you the history of the land speed records from the 1st record recorded to current day all out records)
I will be modifying this list more coming soon.

CLICK on the Vehicle Name for a picture of vehicle.

All Vehicles in Red were not record holders but provided some type of history to the sport of Land Speed Racing and should be used just for your information.

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Date MPH Vehicle Driver Place Engine Type
1813 3* Issac de Rivaz Issac de Rivaz Switzerland T
*Information brought to the existing FIA sanctioning body, is to accept Issac de Rivaz as the first Land Speed Record vehicle, (also inventor of an automobile in 1813) This is currently being perused by several people, one being Ben Jordan of Denver
Dec 18, 1898 39.252 Jeantaud Chaselloup-Laubat Acheres Fulmen Battery Electric EL
Jan 17, 1899 41.420 Jenatzy Camille Jenatzy Acheres EL
Jan 17, 1899 43.690 Jeantaud Gaston De Chaselloup-Laubat Acheres Fulmen Battery Electric EL
Jan 27, 1899 49.920 Jenatzy Camille Jenatzy Acheres EL
Mar 4, 1899 57.600 Jeantaud Gaston De Chaselloup-Laubat Acheres Fulmen Battery Electric EL
April 29, 1899 65.790 Jenatzy Camille Jenatzy Acheres 2 Fulmen Battery Electric EL
April 13, 1902 75.060 Serpollet Leon Serpollet Promenade Single Action 4-cylinder ST
Aug 5, 1902 76.080 Mors Vanderbilt Albis IC
Nov 5, 1902 76.607 Mors Henri Fournier Dourdan 4-cylinder in-line IC
Nov 17, 1902 77.136 Mors M. Augieres Dourdan 4-cylinder in-line IC
July 17, 1903 83.468 Gobron Brillie Arthur Duray Ostend 4-cylinder opposed piston IC
Nov 5, 1903 84.731 Gobron-Brillie Arthur Duray Ostend 8-cylinder opposed piston IC
Jan 12, 1904 91.371 Ford Arrow Henry Ford Michigan 4-Cylinder in-line IC
Jan 28, 1904 92.299 Mercedes 90 William .K. Vanderbuilt Daytona 4-cylinder in-line IC
March 31, 1904 95.705 Gobron-Brillie Louis Rigolly Nice 8-cylinder opposed piston IC
May 25, 1904 97.258 Mercedes Simplex 90 Pierre de Caters Ostend 4-cylinder inline IC
July 21, 1904 103.561 Gobron-Brillie Louis Rigolly Ostend 8-cylinder opposed piston IC
First to exceed 100 mph.
Nov 13, 1904 104.530 Gordon Bennett Paul Baras Ostend IC
Jan 24, 1905 104.651 Napier 6 Arthur MacDonald Daytona 6-cylinder in-line IC
Jan 24, 1905 109.75 Mercedes Flying Dutchman Herbert Bowden Daytona 2x 4-cylinder inlne IC
Bowden broke the Napier 6 record, but was disqualified because the vehicle exceeded weight limit of 2204.6 lbs. This forced an organization to be made for the United States, Great Britain and France
Dec 30, 1905 109.025 Darracq V8 Victor Hemery Arles 90 degree V-8 IC
Jan 26, 1906 121.570 Stanley Rocket Fred Marriott Daytona Twin-Cyl Steam ST
Jan 26, 1906 127.600 Stanley Rocket Fred Marriott Daytona Twin-Cyl Steam ST
Record was not recognized by French who only credited him the speed over a Kilo not the mile
Nov 8, 1909 125.946 Blitzen Benz Vicotor Hemery Brooklands 4-cylinder in-line IC
March 23, 1910 131.275 Blitzen Benz #1 Barney Oldfield Daytona 4-cylinder in-line IC
April 23, 1910 141.370* Blitzen Benz #1 Bob Burman Daytona 4-cylinder in-line IC
* was not recognized by the AIACR (Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus), based in Paris. After this run AIACR laid down a new and fair rule for record attempts. They stipulated that attempts must be made in two directions to rule out any assist from wind. Americans however did not recognize this rule.
June 24, 1914 124.095 Benz #3 L.G. Hornsted Brooklands 4-Cylinder in-line IC
*This was the first 2 way attempt set by AIACR for speed records
Feb 12, 1919 150.534 Packard 905 Ralph de Plama Daytona V-12 IC
De Palma did not make second run according to rules of AIACR, Americans still did not enforce this rule, instead of making a second run he keep the recognition of the record in the US
April 17, 1920 156.047 Duesenberg Tommy Milton Daytona 2 8-cyl in-line IC
On his attempt vehicle caught fire and was unable to make 2nd pass, so he kept the land speed record in the US
1922 ??? Wisconsin Special Sigmund Special 6-cylinder in-line IC
This basically is to state vehicle did exist with potential of going way faster during this time period. He made runs according to his statement of 180 mph, the press said 170 mph. None had ever been confirmed. Why is his name in here, like they said vehicle was built, did race, and was capable of being the fastest vehicle in the world at that time.
May 17, 1922 133.708 Sunbeam 350 hp Kenelm Lee Guinness Brooklands 60 degree V-12 IC
June 23, 1922 137.720 Sunbeam Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Fanoe IC
Speed was not recognized because the AIACR did not approve timing apparatus.
June 6, 1924 143.31 Delage Rene Thomas Arpajon 60 degree v-12 IC
July 6, 1924 146.800 Fiat Ernest Eldrgride Arpajon 60 degree V-12 IC
Speed was objected because did not have reverse gear, the AIACR accepted the objection
July 12, 1924 146.01 Fiat Mephistopheles II Ernest Eldridge Arpajon 60-degree V-12 IC
Sept 25, 1924 146.163 Sunbeam Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Pendine V-12 IC
July 21, 1925 150.761* Sunbeam Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Pendine V-12 IC
*First person ever officially to go over, and set record in excess of 150 mph
March 16, 1926 152.330 Sunbeam Ladybird Henry Segrave South-Port 75 degree V-12 IC
April 27, 1926 169.298 Babs John Godfrey Parry Thomas Pendine 45 degree V-12 IC
April 28, 1926 171.019 Babs John Godfrey Parry Thomas Pendine 45 degree V-12 IC
Feb 4, 1927 174.880 Napier-Campbell Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Pendine Napier W-12 Cylinder IC
March 29, 1927 203.792* Sunbeam 1000 HP Henry Segrave Daytona 2x Sunbeam V-12 IC
*became first man ever to exceed 200 mph
Feb 19, 1928 206.956 Napier-Campbell Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Daytona Napier W-12 Cylinder IC
April 22, 1928 207.552 White Triplex Ray Keech Daytona 3x Liberty V-12 IC
April 25, 1928 Stutz Black Hawk Frank Lockhart Daytona V-16 Duesenberg IC
Frank Lockhart made an attempt on the record at Daytona, lost control and ended up in the sea, he was rescued, Keech then broke the record, then Frank tried again blew a tire and lost his life.
March 11, 1929 231.446 Golden Arrow Irving Napier Henry Segrave Daytona Napier Lion W-12 Cylinder IC
Feb 5, 1931 246.088 Napier-Railton Bluebird IV Sir Malcolm Campbell Daytona 12 cyl SC IC
Feb 24, 1932 253.968 Napier-Railton Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Daytona Rolls Royce V-12 IC
Feb 22, 1933 272.465 Railton Rolls Royce Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Daytona Rolls Royce V-12 IC
March 7, 1935 276.820 Railton Rolls Royce Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Bonneville Rolls Royce V-12 IC
Sept 3, 1935 301.129* Railton Rolls Royce Bluebird Sir Malcolm Campbell Bonneville Rolls Royce V-12 IC
* First person to break 300 mph barrier
Nov 19, 1937 311.606 Thunderbolt George E. Eyston Bonneville 2x- Rolls Royce - SC V-12 IC
Aug 27, 1938 333.419 Thunderbolt George E. Eyston Bonneville 2x- Rolls Royce - SC V-12 IC
Aug 27, 1938 345.490 Thunderbolt Goerge E. Eyston Bonneville 2x- Rolls Royce - SC V-12 IC
Sept 15, 1938 350.200 Railton John Cobb Bonneville 2x Napier Lion V-12 IC
First Record Holder to use 4 wheel drive
Sept 16, 1938 357.50 Thunderbolt George E. Eyston Bonneville 2x- Rolls Royce - SC V-12 IC
Aug 23, 1939 369.740 Railton Mobil Special John Cobb Bonneville 2 -SC Napier Lion V-12 IC
Sept 16, 1947 394.194* Railton Mobil Special John Cobb Bonneville 2 - SC Napier Lion V-12 IC
* First person to break 400 mph barrier during his two way record.
Aug 5, 1963 407.518* Spirit of America Craig Breedlove Bonneville J-47 Jet Engine JT
*first person to set record over 400 mph, first to use Jet Engine
Record not accepted by FIA as the car was three wheeled and not powered through its wheels but it was recognised by the FIM as a 'motorcycle and sidecar'
July 17, 1964 403.135 Bluebird Proteus CN7 Donald Campbell Lake Eyre Bristol-Siddeley Protsud Turbine T
October 2, 1964 413.199 Wingfoot Express Tom Green Bonneville J-46 Jet Engine JT
Cctober 5, 1964 434.187 Green Monster Art Arfons Bonneville J-79 Jet Engine JT
October 1964 FIA (Federation Internationale de L'Automobile) took over for the AIACR finally made two classes one for cars with at least two driven wheels and the other for cars powered by jet engines
Oct 13, 1964 468.719 Spirit of America Craig Breedlove Bonneville J-47 Jet Engine JT
Oct 15, 1964 526.277 Spirit of America Craig Breedlove Bonneville J-47 Jet Engine JT
On that run both parachutes failed, disk brakes burned out and Breedlove wrecked the car ending up in irrigation ditch.
Oct 22, 1964 Wingfoot Express II Bobby Tatroe Bonneville 25 Jato Rockets JT
Walt Arfons vehicle Wingfoot Express II reached speeds in excess of 580 mph but the rockets ran out of thrust before the driver could finish thru the measured mile or kilo
Nov 2, 1965 555.483* Spirit of America Sonic I Craig Breedlove Bonneville J-79 Jet Engine JT
*first person over 500 mph
Nov 7, 1965 576.553 Green Monster Art Arfons Bonneville J--79 Jet Engine JT
Nov 12, 1965 409.277 Goldenrod Bob Summers Bonneville 4x - V-8 Chryslers IC
This car is now the fastest for wheel driven and piston engines.
Nov 15, 1965 600.601* Spirit of America Sonic I Craig Breedlove Bonneville J-79 Jet Engine JT
*first person over 600
Oct 23, 1970 630.388 Blue Flame Gary Gabelich Bonneville Reaction Dynamics Liquid fuel Rocket JT
First record set by a rocket powered car.
Oct 4, 1983 633.468 Thrust II Richard Noble Black Rock Rolls Royce Avon Jet Engine JT
Aug 21, 1991 409.978 Speed0Motive Elwin Teague Bonneville IC
Set new wheel driven and piston engine mark.
Sept 25, 1997 714.144* Thrust SSC II Andy Green Black Rock 2 Rolls Royce Jet Engines JT
Andy Green first person thru 700 mph barrier
Oct 15, 1997 763.035* Thrust SSC II Andy Green Black Rock 2 Rolls Royce Jet Engines JT
First person to set a record over the speed of sound by a land vehicle.
October 18, 2001 458.440 Turbinator Don Vesco Bonneville T55-L-11A SA T
Set new mark for wheel driven vehicles powered by a Turbine engine

2002

413 Parts Peddler Nolan White Bonneville 2x Chevy's IC
Not recognized by FIA
October 16, 2004 417.020 Burkland's Streamliner Tom Burkland Bonneville 2x Chrysler Donovans IC
Not recognized by the FIA

Jeantaud
This vehicle was an electric powered vehicle weighing over 3,000 lbs. This was powered by Fulman Batteries.. Vehicle was driven by Count de Chasseloup-Laubat. Record attempt was made at Acheres, Paris. This vehicle is credited with the first land speed record.

La Jamais Contente
This vehicle was powered by 2 Fulmen Batteries, and weighed 3,197 lbs. First man in world credited to break the 100 km per hour (62.15 mph). Vehicle has semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension, wood spoke wheels, Michelin solid rubber tire, cigar shaped body and a Parinium alloy body. Driven by Camille Jenatzy.

Serpollet
This was a steam powered single action 4 cylinder. One of three cars built. Went in excess of 75 mph. Driven by Leon Serpollet.

Mors 60 HP
Mors 60 HP was powered by a 9,200 cc in-line 4 cylinder with a 4 speed transmission, shaft driven. This vehicle was at the start of the gasoline engine era. Driven by Henrie Fournier and Pierre de Caters

Ford Arrow
Vehicle orginally was wrecked and claimed life of the driver. Henry Ford rebuilt the machine and persued a land speed record at 91.369 mph in 1903. The attempt took place on Lake St. Clair Michigan. Was first time record attempt was out of French Territory. It was powered by a in-line 4 cylinder with a capacity of 15,700 cc's with 72 bhp. Driven by Henry Ford.

Mercedes 90
Powered by a 4 cylinder in-line with 11,900 cc's and 90 bhp at 1,150 rpm. Setting the record in 1904 with W.K. Vanderbuilt at the controls at Daytona Beach. Driving the wheels was a four speed transmission, chain drive.

Gordon-Brillie
Built explicitly for land speed racing. 1st vehicle to set record over 100 mph at 103.170 mph. Powered by a in-line 4 cylinder, 13,600 cc's with 130 bhp. Engine was an opposed 4-cylinder layout, chassis consisted of welded steel tubes. Driven by Louis Rigolly.

Napier 6
1st British attempt for land speed racing. Using a in-line 6 cylinder, 15,000 cc's with 90 bhp. Vehicle used 2 speed transmission, shaft driven and a more aerodynamic front end than most cars of that time. Driven by Arthur E. Macdonald.

Flying Dutchman
This was Herbert Bowden, the driver, creation. Exceeded the record but was disqualified for a over the weight limit technicality. Powered by 2 Mercedes 60 engines, one behind each other. They together developed 120 bhp. Car cost $50,000 during that time.

Darracq V8
Another vehicle prepared for just land speed racing. Louis Ribeyrolles placed two 4 cylinder engines at 90 degrees each other creating one of the first V8 engines. Capacity of 22,500 cc's with 200 bhp at 1,200 rpm and a two speed transmission. Victor Hemery drove the vehicle.

Stanley Rocket
Used as an attempt to bring back steam power. The Stanley Brothers prepared the vehicle was horizontal twin-cylinder steam engine, it only had 15 moving parts and weighed a mere 198 lbs, which produced 120 bhp at 800 rpm. It was driven by Fred Marriott. Car was steered by two levers instead of a wheel and had inboard brakes installed. Car weighed only 1,543 lbs.

Blitzen Benz
German car to compete for records. This also used a in-line 4 cylinder with 21,500 cc's with 200 bhp at 2,000 rpm. Bore of 185 mm and stroke of 200 mm. Engine had overhead valves with were controlled by pushrods and rockers and were larger than pistons of modern cars. Each cylinder had 2 valves. Was driven by Hemery, Barney Oldfield and Bob Burman.

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