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Record Holders

Year of Record Vehicle and Driver Location of Record Last known whereabouts
1898 JEANTAUD (Gaston de Chasseloup- Laubat) Acheres  
1899 JENATZY (Camille Jenatzy) Acheres  
1899 JEANTAUD (Gaston deChasseloup- Laubat) Acheres  
1899 JENATZY (Camille Jenatzy) Acheres  
1899 JEANTAUD (Gaston deChasseloup- Laubat) Acheres  
1899 JENATZY (Camille Jenatzy) Acheres Museum of Compiegne in northern France. There was a replica at Goodwood FoS 2002
1902 SERPOLLET (Léon Serpollet) Nice  
1902 MORS (William K.Vanderbilt) Ablis  
1902 MORS (Henri Fournier) Ablis  
1902 (Augieres) Ablis MORS  
1903 GOBRON BRILLIÉ (Arthur Duray) Ostend  
1903 GOBRON BRILLIÉ (Arthur Duray) Dourdan  
1904 FORD ARROW (Henry Ford) Lake St. Clair  
1904 MERCEDES (William K Vanderbilt) Daytona  
1904 GOBRON BRILLIÉ (Louis Rigolly) Nice  
1904 MERCEDES (Pierre de Caters) Ostend  
1904 GOBRON BRILLIÉ (Louis Rigolly) Ostend  
1904 DARRACQ (Paul Baras) Ostend has been rebuilt in UK
1905 NAPIER (Arther E MacDonald) Daytona  
1905 DARRACQ (Victor Hémery) Arles-Salon  
1906 STANLEY (Fred Marriot) Daytona demolished in a crash on the sands of Ormond Beach a replica has been built by buck boudiman from hickory falls
1909 BENZ (Victor Hémery) Brooklands There were 6 of the big Benz cars (I believe) although most of us in the states are more familiar I suppose with the Blitzen Benz associated with Oldfield and Burman, before it went onto some limited match races courtesy of Harry Harkness, the money man behind the short lived Sheepshead Bay. What a great car with a colorful and successful history as a record setter and crowd gatherer. I believe Bill Evans of San Diego is the man responsible for the latest examples of Blitzen replicas.

After Harkness filed for bankruptcy in the late teens the Benz allegedly found its way back to England after being purchased by Count Zborowski and was rebodied and continued pleasing the racing crowds. In 1923 or thereabouts the car was scrapped and Zborowski used the trans behind a Liberty V12 in his Higham special which was later to be called Babs. Of course Babs was not kind to Parry Thomas and the car was buried in the sands of Pendine in Wales. Babs has since been restored and I suppose the only thing left of the big Benz is probably the patterns and pieces of the original transmission. I remember in Hemmings an ad back in the eighties offering to sell a big Benz engine but God only knows what this particulare engine was out of.

Either way it is amazing anything of the trans was even left when you realize it had to power the 1300 cubic inch Benz powerplant before powering the 1650 cubic inch Liberty.-Jim
1910 BENZ (Barney Oldfield) Daytona Of these, four have survived to this day: one Lightning Benz is in the possession of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, a second original vehicle, the only four-seater version, is in the hands of a collector in the United States. In 2004 another enthusiast for the brand in the US completed a private project to build a replica copy using many original parts. This project was carried out in close cooperation with the collection of the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. The fourth vehicle, built in England, is a replica of the blue Hémery car.
1911 BENZ (Bob Burman) Daytona See above
1914 BENZ (L.G.Hornsted) Brooklands See above
1919 PACKARD (Ralph de Palma) Daytona  
1920 DUESENBERG (Tommy Milton) Daytona This car was preserved for several years after its record runs, by Duesenberg Incorporated, but apparently disappeared in the late 1920's
1922 SUNBEAM (K.L. Guinness) Brooklands  
1924 DELAGE (Réne Thomas) Arpajon is often seen in VSCC events and owned by the Williamson family
1924 FIAT (Ernest Eldridge) Arpajon is owned by Fiat itself
1924 SUNBEAM (Malcolm Campbell) Pendine Beaulieu
1925 SUNBEAM (Malcolm Campbell) Pendine Beaulieu
1926 SUNBEAM (Malcolm Campbell) Southport Beaulieu
1926 BABS HIGHAM SPECIAL (Parry Thomas) Pendine  
1926 BABS HIGHAM SPECIAL (Parry Thomas) Pendine Summer - Pendine, winter - Brooklands
1927 BLUEBIRD (Malcolm Campbell) Pendine  
1927 SUNBEAM (Henry Seagrave) Daytona Beaulieu
1928 BLUEBIRD (Malcolm Campbell) Daytona  
1928 WHITE TRIPLEX (Ray Keech) Daytona  
1929 GOLDEN ARROW (Segrave) Daytona Beaulieu
1931 BLUEBIRD (Malcolm Campbell) Daytona Museum Of Speed in Daytona Beach Florida
1932 BLUEBIRD (Malcolm Campbell) Daytona Museum Of Speed in Daytona Beach Florida
1933 BLUEBIRD (Malcolm Campbell) Daytona Museum Of Speed in Daytona Beach Florida
1935 BLUEBIRD (Malcolm Campbell) Daytona Museum Of Speed in Daytona Beach Florida
1935 BLUEBIRD (Malcolm Campbell) Bonneville Museum Of Speed in Daytona Beach Florida
1937 THUNDERBOLT (George Eyston) Bonneville was in New Zealand on a world tour when ww2 broke out and was stored in a building which then burned down it was buried in a New Zealand land fill site
1938 THUNDERBOLT (George Eyston) Bonneville was in New Zealand on a world tour when ww2 broke out and was stored in a building which then burned down it was buried in a New Zealand land fill site
1938 RAILTON MOBIL SPECIAL (John Cobb) Bonneville  
1938 THUNDERBOLT (George Eyston) Bonneville was in New Zealand on a world tour when ww2 broke out and was stored in a building which then burned down it was buried in a New Zealand land fill site
1939 RAILTON MOBIL SPECIAL (John Cobb) Bonneville thinktank Birmingham Science museum
1947 RAILTON MOBIL SPECIAL (John Cobb) Bonneville thinktank Birmingham Science museum
1963 SPIRIT OF AMERICA (Craig Breedlove) Bonneville  
1964 BLUEBIRD (Donald Campbell) Lake Eyre Beaulieu
1964 WINGFOOT EXPRESS (Green) Bonneville Everyone connected to the Wingfoot Express jet car claims not to know whatever happened to it.
1964 GREEN MONSTER (Art Arfons) Bonneville Art Arfons original J-79 Green Monster was destroyed in the 600 mph crash at Bonneville in 1966.
1964 SPIRIT OF AMERICA (Craig Breedlove) Bonneville  
1964 SPIRIT OF AMERICA (Craig Breedlove) Bonneville  
1964 GREEN MONSTER (Art Arfons) Bonneville  
1965 SPIRIT OF AMERICA. SONIC 1 (Craig Breedlove) Bonneville it was in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, in the early 1980's
1965 GREEN MONSTER (Art Arfons) Bonneville  
1965 GOLDENROD (Summers brothers) (wheel driven ) Bonneville The Henry Ford Museum
2001 TURBINATOR (Don Vesco) Bonneville  
1965 SPIRIT OF AMERICA. SONIC 1 (Craig Breedlove) Bonneville Was at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago in 1983
1970 THE BLUE FLAME (Gary Gabelich) Bonneville German Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim
1983 THRUST 2 (Richard Noble) Black Rock Coventry Transport Museum
1997 THRUST SSC (Andy Green) Black Rock Coventry Transport Museum
1997 THRUST SSC (Andy Green) Black Rock Coventry Transport Museum

Others

Year of Record Vehicle and Driver Location of Record Last known whereabouts
  Budwiser Rocket   International Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum, Talladega
1903 Oldsmobile Rocket   the actual car apparently no longer exists, but GM did have a pretty accurate replica of this car built for the centennial of GM (actually the Centennial of Oldsmobile) built in 2001, the replica was on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in February 2002
1927 STUTZ BLACKHAWK (Frank Lockhart)   Only a few artifacts remain from when it was destroyed in Lockhart's fatal crash at Daytona Beach in 1927. The engine is in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, mounted as it was, in the Spike Jones Special Indy Car (the old Sampson Special), and various small bits and pieces still exist.
      Walt Arfons cut up the Wingfoot Express II rocket car
  Mercedes-Benz Type 80   The body of the Mercedes-Benz T-80 is on display at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart while its chassis is in storage at a Mercedes warehouse.
  City of Sterling   ?