Bluebird world land speed record car 1931 by Yuriy Shevchuk

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Bluebird world land speed record car 1931 by 

watercolour on paper
45 × 70 cm

The Campbell-Napier-Railton Blue Bird was a land speed record car driven by Malcolm Campbell.

After Segrave’s Golden Arrow, clearly a more powerful engine was required for Blue Bird, with a chassis and transmission to handle it. A supercharged Napier Lion VIID was used, with over three times the power of the previous Blue Bird and a large premium over Golden Arrow’s unsupercharged 900 hp (670 kW) Lion VIIA. This was the first use of supercharging for Land Speed Record cars. Golden Arrow’s innovative vertical aerodynamic stabilising fin was also used, a first for Campbell.

Campbell’s nemesis Segrave was killed in an attempt on the water speed record whilst Campbell was scouting for new record courses in South Africa. On his return he set off for Daytona with the new Blue Bird, concerned at American challenges to the record. Segrave had, after all, at least been British. On 5 February 1931 he pushed the record to 246 mph (396 km/h), to great popular acclaim. On his return he learned he was to be knighted as Sir Malcolm Campbell. A year later he returned and pushed through to 251 mph (404 km/h). This record stood for another year, until he himself broke it with his next car, the next Rolls-Royce-engined 1933 Blue Bird.


watercolour, automotive, retro, speed car record, bluebird, campbell, sport cars, racing, blue, vintage, sport, autosport art, car art

Born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine, Yuri Shevchuk attended the Kiev Art School and later the prestigious Kiev Architectural Academy.

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  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work. Very impressive, Yuriy.

    The city’s tall building’s reflected is a really nice effect, given that their height is hidden from us in the background. I like being able to make out the detail in the men’s faces. And what a beautiful car!!

  • Thanks for the interesting comment

    – Yuriy Shevchuk

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for submitting this to Solo.

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 3 years ago

    What a fabulous painting. Donald Campbell and his boat Bluebird is Dumbleyung’s, (where I live) claim to fame as he broke the water speed record on new year’s eve in 1964. Our farm was on the edge of Dumbleyung lake, so we got to see his run, but such a big lake and only saw the spray and tiny boat. That was a year the the lake had some water. Stone empty at the moment. Just a bit of trivia. Regard Kerry

  • Thanks for the interesting story

    – Yuriy Shevchuk

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    gartsover 3 years ago


  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations, Yuriy,
    This work is featured in your Solo Exhibition.

    “Join me at Yuriy Shevchuk’s Solo Exhibition

  • citywind
    citywindalmost 3 years ago

    Ahhh what a great watercolor Yuriy….congrats on your exibit

  • scallyart
    scallyartalmost 3 years ago

    Great painting, I recognised it as the Bluebird immediately. I have some old slides taken in 1964 when Donald Campbell came to Dumbleyung in Western Australia and broke the water speed record. Regards

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