excerpt – Red Stockings and Out-of-Towners » In 1960 Donald Campbell tried to set a new land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in his turbine-powered “Bluebird.” Traveling at 360 mph, the car rolled, and he sustained a skull fracture. His father, veteran auto racer Sir Malcolm Campbell, set a world record at the salt flats in 1935. Donald would later beat the record by traveling over 400 mph at Lake Eyre Salt Flats in Australia. Courtesy Salt Lake Tribune, USHS

In 1960 Donald Campbell tried to set a new land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in his turbine-powered "Bluebird." Traveling at 360 mph, the car rolled, and he sustained a skull fracture. His father, veteran auto racer Sir Malcolm Campbell, set a world record at the salt flats in 1935. Donald would later beat the record by traveling over 400 mph at Lake Eyre Salt Flats in Australia. Courtesy Salt Lake Tribune, USHS


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