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1937. From 'Vital to the Life of the Nation'.

Captain George Eyston set several land speed records in his car Thunderbolt between 1937 and 1939, taking over from Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird but twice bettered by John Cobb. The rivalry was friendly though, and in later years Eyston, as competitions manager for Castrol, assisted with Cobb's ill-fated attempt on the water speed record in Crusader.

Thunderbolt was built in a factory previously occupied by A. Harper, Sons and Bean