1914: Benz driven by L. G. Hornsted

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4 cyl. Petrol
21,500 cc
Bore x Stroke:
185 x 200 mm
200 bhp
Rear via chains
1,635 kg
Top Speed:

124.10 mph


Hornsted was the first man to hold the land speed record under the new two-way run rule which had been introduced, and that is why he was credited with the record although his speed was lower than Oldfield's one-way run four years earlier.

He was also the last man to try before the first world war put a stop to Motor sport for five years or so.

He is also credited in some quarters as being the first man to make a mile record officially recognised by the international ruling body of the day, the A.I.A.C.R.

At Brooklands he drove a huge Benz of 21,504 cc., similar to the car used by Oldfield. Hornsted covered the flying mile at 128.16 mph. one way and 120.28 in the other direction, showing how much effect wind and gradient could have.

Earlier the same day Hornsted had attacked the one-hour record in his 32-cwt chain-driven monster, but a tire came off on the sixth lap and hit him on the arm. He then decided to go for the mile record rather than the hour.

He had previously attempted the standing-start mile, but the huge four-cylinder engine had too much power for the clutch, which slipped so badly that a serious attempt was ruled out.

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