In March 1929, the world-land-speed record was set by Henry Segrave and the Golden Arrow, a spectacular example of early aerodynamic design by Captain Jack Irving and arguably the most-beautiful speed-record car ever created.
Segrave was the first person to exceed 200 mph in a land vehicle, and he set three land-speed records and one water-speed record. He was the first person to hold both records simultaneously.
This video tells the story of Segrave and the Golden Arrow, which was powered by a 925-horsepower Napier Lion W12 aero engine in which the British driver set his final record of 231.45 mph on the sands of Daytona Beach, Florida.
That was his last speed record attempt – a few days after his run, he witnessed a horrific fatal crash during another record attempt, and he never drove the Golden Arrow again. The car was retired after being driven just over 18 miles, and is on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the U.K.