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Encyclopedia > John Cobb (motorist)

John Rhodes Cobb (December 2, 1899 - September 29, 1952) was a British racing motorist. Having made money as a fur trader and living near the Brooklands race track he specialised in large capacity motor racing.

Driving the piston engined, wheel driven Railton Special he broke the Land Speed Record in 1938 at a speed of 350.20 m.p.h. Without this being beaten he raised the record to 394.19 m.p.h. in 1947.

The record was unbeaten until 1963 when it was narrowly surpassed by Craig Breedlove in the jet powered Spirit of America.

He died attempting to improve the water speed record at Loch Ness in the jet speedboat Crusader.

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