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Australian Land Speed Records

The records listed here are only for the classic flying kilometre and flying mile. There are a number of other acceleration and (longer) distance records as well as a number time records that do exist, for a complete list refer to Speed Records set in Australia by CAMS.

PRE-NOVEMBER 1983

These records can not be challenged because they were not set under the FIA rules and conditions that came into force after November 1983.

Flying 1km

Cat Gp CI Date Venue Driver(s) Make Model Time KPH MPH
A I 3 29/9/57 Coonabarabran R Blake Cooper JAP 21.83 164.80 102.47
A I 4 29/9/57 Coonabarabran J Madsen Cooper BMW 20.36 176.80 109.88
A I 5 28/9/57 Coonabarabran D Jolly Decca Special 19.31 186.42 115.84
A I 6 11/10/64 Salisbury A Mustard Elfin   16.21 222.10 138.00
A I 7 29/9/57 Coonabarabran L F Lukey Cooper Bristol 15.17 237.31 147.46
A I 8 19/2/75 Carathool D McKay Porsche   21.65 166.71 103.59
A I 9 18/2/75 Carathool Mrs. M Seed AC Ace 19.79 181.88 113.09
A I 10 11/10/65 Salisbury A Smith Valano Special 16.31 220.64 137.10

Flying 1 mile

Cat Gp CI Date Venue Driver(s) Make Model Time KPH MPH
A I 1 01/1/30 Gerringong N Smith Cadillac Special 24.45 236.18 146.70
A I 5 02/2/35 Sellicks Beach C W Bonython MG Special 47.31 122.46 76.09
A I 6 11/10/64 Salisbury A Mustard Elfin   26.32 220.10 136.77
A I 9 01/1/63 Lake Eyre ML McEwin Tornado Special 23.83 241.76 151.10
A I 10 04/10/65 Salisbury A Smith Valano Special 26.29 218.24 136.40

POST-NOVEMBER 1984

These National records are recognised as being set within the guidelines laid out by the FIA and adopted by CAMS in November 1983. All of these records
are open to challenge and are also FIA internationally recognised record distances.

Flying 1km

Cat Gp CI Date Venue Driver(s) Make Model Time KPH MPH
A I 6 30/11/85 Surfers Paradise S Brook Daihatsu Charade Turbo 26.76 134.50 83.60
A II 5 30/4/85 Surfers Paradise P McKay Daihatsu Charade CX 29.15 123.50 76.70
A II 7 28/7/91 Avalon A’drome S McKay Toyota Corolla AE92 17.40 206.90 128.56
A III 9 30/4/85 Surfers Paradise M Minear Daihatsu Rocky Turbo 31.78 113.30 70.40
C Jet   27/3/94 Lake Gairdner R McGlashan Special Aussie Invader 2 4.49 801.80 498.20

Flying 1 mile

Cat Gp CI Date Venue Driver(s) Make Model Time KPH MPH
A I 6 30/4/85 Surfers Paradise S Brook Daihatsu Charade Turbo 40.03 125.90 78.20
A II 5 30/4/85 Surfers Paradise P McKay Daihatsu Charade CX 49.28 117.60 73.10
A II 7 28/7/91 Avalon A’drome S McKay Toyota Corolla AE92 28.01 206.84 128.53
A III 9 30/4/85 Surfers Paradise M Minear Daihatsu Rocky Turbo 54.70 105.90 65.80
C Jet   27/3/94 Lake Gairdner R McGlashan Special Aussie Invader 2 7.23 801.30 497.90

World Land Speed Record

Since 1898, this distinction has changed hands 81 times among British, American, French, Belgian, German and Italian machines powered by steam, electricity, gasoline and jet thrust. That figure doesn't record all those who tried and never made it-the failures, glorious and otherwise. For more details on these drivers and their cars, go to my Land Speed Racing History pages.

Date Driver Car Speed (mph) Speed (kph) Venue Notes
18 Dec 1898 Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat Jeantaud 39.24 63.15 Acheres  
17 Jan 1899 Camille Jenatzy Jenatzy 41.42 66.66 Acheres  
17 Jan 1899 Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat Jeantaud 43.69 70.31 Acheres  
27 Jan 1899 Camille Jenatzy Jenatzy 49.92 80.34 Acheres  
04 Mar 1899 Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat Jeantaud 57.60 92.70 Acheres  
29 Apr 1899 Camille Jenatzy Jenatzy 65.79 105.88 Acheres  
13 Apr 1902 Leon Serpollet Serpollet 75.06 120.79 Nice  
05 Aug 1902 William K. Vanderbilt Mors 76.08 122.44 Abllis  
05 Nov 1902 Henri Fournier Mors 76.60 123.27 Dourdan  
17 Nov 1902 Augieres Mors 77.13 124.13 Dourdan  
17 Jul 1903 Arthur Duray Gobron-Brillie 83.47 134.33 Ostend  
05 Nov 1903 Arthur Duray Gobron-Brillie 84.73 136.36 Dourdan  
12 Jan 1904 Henry Ford Ford Arrow 91.37 147.04 Lake St Clair 1
27 Jan 1904 William K. Vanderbilt Mercedes 92.30 148.54 Daytona Beach 1
31 Mar 1904 Louis Rigolly Gobron-Brillie 94.78 152.53 Nice  
25 Jun 1904 Pierre de Caters Mercedes 97.25 156.50 Ostend  
21 Jul 1904 Louis Rigolly Gobron-Brillie 103.55 166.64 Ostend  
13 Nov 1904 Paul Baras Darracq 104.52 168.20 Ostend  
25 Jan 1905 Arthur Macdonald Napier 104.65 168.41 Daytona 1
30 Dec 1905 Victor Hemery Darracq 109.65 176.46 Arles-Salon  
23 Jan 1906 Fred Marriott Stanley Steamer 121.57 195.64 Daytona  
08 Nov 1909 Victor Hemery Benz 125.95 202.69 Brooklands  
16 Apr 1910 Barney Oldfield Benz 131.275 211.261 Daytona 1
23 Apr 1911 Bob Burman Benz 141.37 227.51 Daytona 1
24 Jun 1914 L.G. Hornsted Benz 124.10 199.71 Brooklands 2
17 Feb 1919 Ralph de Palma Packard 149.875 241.194 Daytona 1
27 Apr 1920 Tommy Milton Duesenberg 156.03 251.10 Daytona 1
17 May 1922 Kenelm Lee Guinness Sunbeam 133.75 215.24 Brooklands  
06 Jun 1924 Rene Thomas Delage 143.41 230.79 Arpajon  
12 Jul 1924 Ernest Eldridge Fiat 146.01 234.97 Arpajon  
25 Sep 1924 Malcolm Campbell Sunbeam 146.16 235.22 Pendine Sands  
21 Jul 1925 Malcolm Campbell Sunbeam 150.76 242.62 Pendine Sands  
16 Mar 1926 Henry Segrave Sunbeam 152.33 245.14 Southport Beach  
27 Apr 1926 Parry Thomas Higham Special "Babs" 169.30 272.45 Pendine Sands  
28 Apr 1926 Parry Thomas Higham Special "Babs" 171.02 275.22 Pendine Sands  
04 Feb 1927 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird 174.883 281.439 Pendine Sands  
29 Mar 1927 Henry Segrave Sunbeam 203.792 327.962 Daytona Beach  
19 Feb 1928 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird 206.956 333.054 Daytona Beach  
22 Apr 1928 Ray Keech White Triplex 207.552 334.013 Daytona Beach  
11 Mar 1929 Henry Segrave Golden Arrow 231.446 372.466 Daytona Beach  
05 Feb 1931 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird 246.090 396.033 Daytona Beach  
24 Feb 1932 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird 253.970 408.714 Daytona Beach  
22 Feb 1933 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird 272.460 438.470 Daytona Beach  
07 Mar 1935 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird 276.820 445.486 Daytona Beach  
03 Sep 1935 Malcolm Campbell Bluebird 301.129 484.607 Bonneville Salt Flats  
19 Nov 1937 George Eyston Thunderbolt 312.000 502.102 Bonneville Salt Flats  
27 Aug 1938 George Eyston Thunderbolt 345.500 556.013 Bonneville Salt Flats  
15 Sep 1938 John Cobb Railton 350.200 563.577 Bonneville Salt Flats  
16 Sep 1938 George Eyston Thunderbolt 357.500 575.324 Bonneville Salt Flats  
23 Aug 1939 John Cobb Railton Mobil Special 369.700 594.958 Bonneville Salt Flats  
16 Sep 1947 John Cobb Railton Mobil Special 394.194 634.376 Bonneville Salt Flats  
05 Aug 1963 Craig Breedlove Spirit of America 407.450 655.709 Bonneville Salt Flats 3
17 Jul 1964 Donald Campbell Bluebird 403.100 648.709 Lake Eyre 4
02 Oct 1964 Tom Green Wingfoot Express 413.200 664.963 Bonneville Salt Flats  
05 Oct 1964 Art Arfons Green Monster 434.020 698.468 Bonneville Salt Flats  
13 Oct 1964 Craig Breedlove Spirit of America 468.720 754.311 Bonneville Salt Flats  
15 Oct 1964 Craig Breedlove Spirit of America 526.280 846.942 Bonneville Salt Flats  
27 Oct 1964 Art Arfons Green Monster 536.710 863.727 Bonneville Salt Flats  
02 Nov 1965 Craig Breedlove Spirit of America - Sonic 1 555.483 893.939 Bonneville Salt Flats  
07 Nov 1965 Art Arfons Green Monster 576.553 927.847 Bonneville Salt Flats  
13 Nov 1965 Bob Summers Goldenrod 409.277 658.649 Bonneville Salt Flats 4
15 Nov 1965 Craig Breedlove Spirit of America - Sonic 1 600.601 966.547 Bonneville Salt Flats  
23 Oct 1970 Gary Gabelich The Blue Flame 622.407 1001.640 Bonneville Salt Flats  
04 Oct 1983 Richard Noble Thrust 2 633.468 1019.440 Black Rock Desert  
25 Sep 1997 Andy Green ThrustSSC 714.144 1149.272 Black Rock Desert  
15 Oct 1997 Andy Green ThrustSSC 763.035 1227.952 Black Rock Desert Mach 1.0175

Legend
1 - Not recognised by European Authorities
2 - First mandatory two-way run
3 - First pure jet powered car. Record only recognised by motorcycle authority, as car had 3 wheels.
4 - Wheel driven record. A separate class from 1964


FIA Classification of land vehicles for record attempts

CATEGORY A (Special Automobiles)
A00-00 - Special Automobiles: Cylinder

 

Groups  
Group I : Reciprocating 2 or 4 stroke engine with supercharger
Group II : Reciprocating 2 or 4 stroke engine without supercharger
Group III : Diesel cycle engine with supercharger
Group IV : Diesel cycle engine without supercharger
Group V : Rotary engine with supercharger
Group VI : Rotary engine without supercharger
Group XV : Hydrogen reciprocating engine
Group VII : Solar powered
Group VIII : Electrical engine
Group IX : Turbine engine
Group X : Steam engine
Group XI : Hybrid engine
Classes Cylinder capacity
1

Up to 250 cm3

2 Over 250 cm3 to 350 cm3
3 Over 350 cm3 to 500 cm3
4 Over 500 cm3 to 750 cm3
5 Over 750 cm3 to 1100 cm3
6 Over 1100 cm3 to 1500 cm3
7 Over 1500 cm3 to 2000 cm3
8 Over 2000 cm3 to 3000 cm3
9 Over 3000 cm3 to 5000 cm3
10 Over 5000 cm3 to 8000 cm3
11 Over 8000 cm3
   
  Unloaded weight
1 Up to 500 kg
2 Over 500 kg to 1000 kg
3 Over 1000 kg

 

CATEGORY B  (Series Production Cars)
B00-00 - Series production cars: Cylinder
 
Group  
Group I : Reciprocating 2 or 4 stroke engine with supercharger
Group II : Reciprocating 2 or 4 stroke engine without supercharger
Group III : Diesel cycle engine with supercharger
Group IV : Diesel cycle engine without supercharger
Group V : Rotary engine with supercharger
Group VI : Rotary engine without supercharger
Group XII : T1 homologated cars with supercharger
Group XIII : T1 homologated cars without supercharger
Group XV : Hydrogen reciprocating engine
Classes Cylinder capacity
1 Up to500 cm3
2 Over 500 cm3 to 600 cm3
3 Over 600 cm3 to 700 cm3
4 Over 700 cm3 to 850 cm3
5 Over 850 cm3 to 1000 cm3
6 Over 1000 cm3 to 1150 cm3
7 Over 1150 cm3 to 1400 cm3
8 Over 1400 cm3 to 1600 cm3
9 Over 1600 cm3 to 2000 cm3
10 Over 2000 cm3 to 2500 cm3
11 Over 2500 cm3 to 3000 cm3
12 Over 3000 cm3 to 3500 cm3
13 Over 3500 cm3 to 4000 cm3
14 Over 4000 cm3 to 4500 cm3
15 Over 4500 cm3 to 5000 cm3
16 Over 5000 cm3 to 5500 cm3
17 Over 5500 cm3 to 6000 cm3
18 Over 6000 cm3

 

CATEGORY C (Special vehicles in accordance with the definition given under Art. 13)

C00-00 - Vehicles in accordance with definition under Article 13

These vehicles may be sub-divided according to the type of engine used (jet, rocket, etc.).

Article 13 of the International Sporting Code :
Land Vehicle, Automobile, Special Vehicle, Ground Effect Vehicle

Land Vehicle :
Vehicle propelled by its own means in constant contact with the ground either directly by mechanical means or indirectly by ground effect, and the motive power and steering system of which are constantly and entirely controlled by a driver on board the vehicle.

Automobile :
A land vehicle propelled by its own means, running on at least four wheels not aligned, which must always be in contact with the ground; the steering must be ensured by at least two of the wheels, and the propulsion by at least two of the wheels.

Special Vehicles :
Vehicles on at least four wheels which are propelled otherwise than through their wheels.

Ground Effect Vehicle :
Vehicle whose bearing on the ground is maintained by means of a pressurised air cushion.

 

CATEGORY D (Drag Racing cars)

D00-00 - Drag Racing cars

Vehicles which comply with the prescriptions of the FIA regulations for Drag Racing cars.

References

  1. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile - International Sanctioning Body
  2. Confederation of Australian Motorsport - Australian Sanctioning Body

 
 
 
 
 

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