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Brooklands recalls 100 years since land speed record

Brooklands, the first purpose-built banked motor racing circuit, on Tuesday marked 100 years since a land speed record was last set there, with current fastest man Andy Green defending the enduring relevance of such feats to a changing world. Kenelm Lee Guinness, a member of the brewing family and a spark plug pioneer, clocked 133.75mph (215.25kph) in a V12 350hp Sunbeam on May 17, 1922 on the concrete oval to the south-west of London. All subsequent record attempts have been held on open straights or flats. British fighter pilot Green broke the sound barrier in setting the existing record of 763.035 mph (1,227.986kph) at Black Rock Desert, Nevada, in the jet-propelled Thrust SSC on Oct....
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