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Category: General Interest
Reference No: 8869
Status: Available
Price: £25.00
  George Eyston

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British racing and land speed record car driver.

Between 1926 and 1954, Captain George Edward Thomas Eyston broke dozens of speed records at Brooklands, Montlhery, Pendine Sands, & Bonneville Salt Flats, in cars ranging in size from 750cc M.G.'s to the 5,000 b.h.p. Thunderbolt.

Eyston is best known today for land speed records set in Thunderbolt, an 8-wheeled monster, powered by twin Rolls-Royce Merlin Aero engines.

In 1937, on 19th November, at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, he set a World Land Speed Record of 312.20 miles per hour.

Returning the following year, with a modified nose and tail and an enclosed cockpit, in competition with John Cobb's Railton, he increased this to 345.50 miles per hour on 27th August, and a final speed of 357.50 miles per hour on 16th September.

Eyston’s rivalry with Cobb was a friendly one and in later years, as competitions manager for Castrol, he helped his ill-fated 1952 attempt on the water speed record at Loch Ness in the jet speedboat Crusader. Cobb was killed while travelling at a speed in excess of 200 mph.

As well as racing, he was also an engineer and inventor, with his invention of the Powerplus  supercharger (developed for Thunderbolt) the most important.

Eyston was awarded the Military Cross on 18 July 1917  for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rendered most valuable service when carrying out reconnaissance under heavy fire. On several occasions he went forward under heavy shell and machine gun fire. He carried out his duties with great courage and determination, and was able to obtain most valuable information.”

This is a fine vintage signature in fountain pen ink of a 3" x 1.5" card. In good condition. (Shown loosely mounted with photo corners on a 5.5" x 3.5" white card.)