Speed of the Wind
Infobox Automobile generation
name =Speed of the Wind
manufacturer =C.T Delaney
Land speed recordcar
Speed of the Wind was a record-breaking car of the 1930s, built for and driven by Captain
The car was designed by Eyston and
E A D Eldridgecite web
url=http://forums.autosport.com/showthread.php?postid=1461579#post1461579] , then built by the father of
Tom Delaneycite web
title=1928 Lea-Francis Hyper
url=http://www.brooklands.org.uk/Goodwood/goodwood.htm] It was powered by an unsupercharged version of the V-12
Rolls-Royce Kestrelaero engine. cite book
title=Speed On Salt] The car was too large and heavy for circuit racing and was already underpowered by the standards of the absolute speed record breakers. This car was designed for "endurance", more than peak power. Running a supercharged engine with the fuel and materials technology of the day would never have lasted the duration. This particular engine was obtained second-hand from Roll-Royce, where it had previously powered an airflow fan in an engine test cell.cite book
title=The Fast Set
date=2005] Having always been intended for long-term use at ground level, it had been built without the Kestrel's usual supercharger.
For streamlining, a distinctive feature of the car are the two small "nostrils", headlights and air inlets in the nose. These produced less drag than a typical inlet and flat honeycomb
radiator. The engine was cooled instead by a surface radiatorwrapped around the top of the bodywork, just in front of the driver.
During testing, the car appears to have run, although not competitively, at either Brooklands or Montlhery. [cite web
title=Speed of the Wind running on an unidentified banked track
Brooklands photo archive]
Speed of the Wind was built for long-duration speed records, which were the domain of
Ab Jenkinsand the Bonneville salt flats of Utah. Jenkins was fond of competition and was instrumental in encouraging British teams to travel to Bonneville.
In September 1935, shortly after Campbell's 300mph record with Bluebird, Eyston broke Jenkins' 24-hour record and raised it to 140.52 mph cite web
title=Mormon Meteor, Land Speed Record
For the 1936 season, Jenkins created the
Mormon Meteorby fitting a Curtiss ConquerorV12 into his previous Duesenbergchassis. Eyston returned, with E A D Eldridgeas team manager, and his colleague from Brooklands, John Cobb in the Napier-Railtonas another competitor.cite web
title=Bonneville Salt Flats Motorsports multimedia exhibit
publisher= [http://www.lib.utah.edu Marriott Library, University of Utah] (photo of the Napier-Railton at Bonneville)]
Eyston set the first records, averaging 149.096 mph for 24 hours and 136.34 mph over 48 hours.
The Mormon Meteor made its first attempt, beating the average speed to 12 hours at 152.84 mph, but retiring with a driveshaft failure.
John Cobbthen took Eyston’s 24 hour record at 150.163 mph, but didn't attempt 48.
The remains of the car were destroyed by bombing during
World War II.
Dinky Toysproduced a model of the car, both pre- and post-war.
Two photographs in the
Brooklands photo archivecite web
title=Brooklands photo archive
url=http://www.brooklandsarchives.com ] show it outside Delaney & Sons. garage, a popular location for racing in this era. cite web
title=Outside the Delaney & Sons Sunbeam-Talbot garage
Brooklands photo archive] cite web
title=Outside the Delaney & Sons Sunbeam-Talbot garage
Brooklands photo archive] In both photographs, George Eyston is standing at the far left.
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