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René Stapp was a French racing driver who in 1932 attempted to break the land speed record with one of the most outlandish, and ugliest, cars to ever attempt to do so. The car was built in Paris between 1930 and 1932, then taken to the popular Daytona Beach venue in the United States for an attempt at the land speed record. Power was supplied by two Bristol Jupiter radial aero engines. Some web sources also describe the car itself as being named "Jupiter". Assuming a generous 600 bhp per engine in racing trim, this would have given a power comparable to Malcolm Campbell's cars and so it wasn't an obviously impossible contender. However the general engineering was at the Heath Robinson level and failed to inspire confidence. The car was destroyed by fire on the beach at La Baule, a popular motor-racing venue of the period.
1932 - René Stapp, racing driver, and his 1932 land speed record car at Daytona Beach, Florida.
1928 Golden Arrow Land Speed Record Car
The beginnings of racing! This car performed a record mile in 38.05 seconds. (1903) | Florida Memory
Sir Malcolm Campbell set his first land speed record of 330 miles per hour in his race car, the "Bluebird,” at Daytona Beach in 1935. | Florida Memory
History Daytona Beach - Early Land Speed & Stock Car Racing - Page 9 - THE H.A.M.B.
139MPH Steam powered land speed record car
City manager L.L. Lee and autogyro in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL, 1932. Florida Memory.
1905 Darracq 200 HP Land Speed Record Car
1911 300 h.p. FIAT S76 land speed record car
1926 Sunbeam 1000 HP Mystery and 1929 Golden Arrow Land Speed Record Cars, Goodwood Festival of Speed | Flickr
Blitzen-Benz - Bob Burman set World Speed Record in 1911 at Daytona Beach 140 mph.
Daytona Beach this is a mirrored (flipped) image. Cars going wrong way and car markings backward.
Southward Vintage Car Museum, New Zealand. Copper car by Home Land & Sea, via Flickr