Record-setting ’33 Napier-Railton on display in London

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1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos
1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos
1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos

The 1933 Napier-Railton Special that broke 42 speed records in its heyday will represent classic cars at the 2017 London Motor Show, scheduled for May 4-7 at Battersea Evolution in England’s capital city.

Like most auto snows, the London event will feature around 130 new cars from a variety of automakers. But it also will showcase the car that in 1935 recorded a lap at 143.44 miles per hour around the Brooklands Outer Circuit.

John Cobb drives the Napier_Railton on a record run at Brooklands
John Cobb drives the Napier_Railton on a record run at Brooklands

That may have been only a warmup as the car also set a record by averaging 150.6 mph over the course of 24 hours on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1936.

Now owned by the Brooklands Museum, the Napier-Railton is powered by a 24-liter aero-engine.

Oh, and don’t be confused by the official name of the show — the confused.com London Motor Show. Confused.com is the website for what is believed to be England’s largest insurance company and is a subsidiary of the Admiral Group.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.