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Donald Malcolm Campbell (1921–1967) by Peter Keen, 1956 © Peter Keen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, Donald Malcolm (1921–1967), land and water speed record-holder, was born on 23 March 1921 at Canbury, Kingston Hill, Surrey, the only son and younger child of Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885–1948), racing motorist, and his second wife, Dorothy Evelyn, daughter of Major William Whittall...

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Campbell, Sir Malcolm (1885–1948), holder of land and water speed records, was born on 11 March 1885 at Chislehurst, Kent, the only son and elder of two children of William Campbell (d. 1920), diamond merchant, of Cheapside, and his wife, Ada Westerton...

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Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885–1948) by unknown photographer [in Blue Bird] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joe Carstairs (1900–1993) by Brooke, 1925 Getty Images – Brooke

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Carstairs, Joe [formerly Marion Barbara] (1900–1993), heiress and motor-boat racing driver, was born on 1 February 1900 at 115 Park Street, Mayfair, London, the daughter of Albert Joseph Carstairs, a captain in the Royal Irish Rifles, and his wife, (Frances) Evelyn (1872–1921)...

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John Rhodes Cobb (1899–1952) by Harold Tomlin, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cobb, John Rhodes (1899–1952), holder of land and water speed records, was born at Hackbridge, Surrey, on 2 December 1899, the youngest son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Rhodes Cobb, a fur broker, and his wife, Florence Goad...

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Gore [née Colquhoun], Fiona Bryde, countess of Arran (1918–2013), powerboat racer, was born on 20 July 1918 at Hyndford, North Berwick, the second child and eldest daughter in the family of three daughters and one son of Sir Iain Colquhoun, seventh baronet of Luss...

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Segrave, Sir Henry O'Neal de Hane (1896–1930), land and water speed record-holder, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 22 December 1896, the only child of Charles William Segrave, Anglo-Irish landowner of co. Wicklow, later of co. Tipperary, and his first wife, Mary Lucy...