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September 3, 1935: English driver Sir Malcolm Campbell achieved an average speed above 300mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, breaking the world land speed record. In his fastest run that day he drove one mile in 11.83 seconds (304.331mph).

On September 4, Canada’s Globe and Mail described the feat in their article “Canada Shrinks Under Bluebird’s Wheels.”

Sir Malcolm Campbell could leave Toronto at midnight in his 3,500-horsepower racing automobile and arrive in Moose Jaw, Sask., 1,824 miles distant, in time for early breakfast, based on the speed of 301.337 miles an hour her travelled yesterday on the Bonneville salt flats, in Utah, to establish a new world’s record for land speed.

The great English driver would make the journey in a few seconds more than six hours, while he could make the trip all the way to Vancouver in 10 hours and 54 minutes. Based on an average of 40 miles an hour steady driving the Toronto-Vancouver 3,289-mile drive would take 82 hours and 12 minutes.

Should Sir Malcolm decide he wanted to take a squint at the Dionne quintuplets, near Callander, 212 miles from here, he could make the distance in 42 minutes, were it possible to handle his high powered machine over ordinary highways.

Source: The Globe (1844-1936); Sep 4, 1935; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail pg. 1.
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