Going for a U.K. Land Speed Record in an EV

On May 23, 2010, Don Wales broke a Guinness World Record by driving a lawnmower 87.833 mph.

On May 23, 2010, Don Wales broke a Guinness World Record by driving a lawnmower 87.833 mph. The feat was accomplished by the U.K. electric-car-driving record holder on the four-mile beach at Pendine Sands, South Wales.

On July 2 and 3, Wales will be back at the beach, but this time in the cockpit of the Bluebird Electric, hoping to set a U.K. Land Speed Record as he makes preparations to undertake a 500-mph+ record run in the electric vehicle in 2013.

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Apparently, setting records at Pendine Sands is part of the family tradition. Sir Malcolm Campbell, MBE, Don Wales’s grandfather, set his first speed record in a car named “Bluebird” on September 25, 1924, when he went 146.16 mph. Uncle Donald Campbell, CBE, holds records, as well, breaking 400 mph in a turbine-powered Bluebird.

There’s something very British about all this.