FROM STAFF REPORTS
For the second time in its history, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V is crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom to be on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Daytona Beach was first named Campbell Street after the record setting racecar driver.
The historic land speed record vehicle will be on display July 11-14 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motorsport held on the grounds of the Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.
Campbell’s Bluebird V, which set a land speed record of 276.82 mph in Daytona Beach back in 1935, will be among the many significant race cars on display at Festival of Speed, which is an annual summer weekend that brings together a large mix of cars, stars and motorsports “royalty’’ to create the largest car culture event in the world.
“Daytona International Speedway is proud to have this treasured artifact make a special voyage across the Atlantic Ocean for display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed,” Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.
“The Bluebird V is an iconic vehicle of one of the greatest land speed record holders in history, Sir Malcolm Campbell, and we are honored to have it represent the “World Center of Racing” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”
The Bluebird V, which previously traveled to the United Kingdom for the 2004 Goodwood Festival of Speed, was to depart the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building on June 7.
After a short trip to Charleston, S.C., the vehicle, which is 10,000 pounds, will begin crossing Atlantic Ocean on June 14 with a scheduled arrival date in England on June 29.
Holiday weekend races
In other Speedway news, the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola kicks off with the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 5.
The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take center stage with the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 6.
Tickets for all the events that are part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
This story is special to the NNPA from the Final Call.