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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
Darracq Land Speed Record Car
1957 MG EX 181 Land Speed Record
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
Bonneville where Land speed records where made
Proud American land speed record car - fvl
History Daytona Beach - Early Land Speed & Stock Car Racing - Page 9 - THE H.A.M.B.
The Sunbeam 1000 HP was the first non-American car to run on Daytona Beach for a land speed record attempt. On 29 March 1927 Henry Segrave drove the car to a new land speed record of 203.79 mph, the first car to reach a speed over 200 mph.
City manager L.L. Lee and autogyro in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL, 1932. Florida Memory.
139MPH Steam powered land speed record car
MG, Speed Record cars, British Racing Green