Fastest on Earth - Captain George E.T. Eyston 1939 - John Miles, London - First Edition A complete history of Land Speed Records, by the man who attempted to break them ‘because I enjoy doing it’. ‘And as for the risks, I maintain that within reason I can do what I like - and run the risks I choose - with my own neck.’ - In 1939 the risks were considerably more than today. Exciting stuff written in Eyston’s typically understated style, that of a gentleman driver of the era.

First edition, in the scarce dust jacket showing the fantastic painting of Eyston’s record breaking ‘
Thunderbolt’ by Bryan de Grineau, and illustrated with 75 photographs.

In 1935, Captain Eyston was one of the first British racers to travel to the Bonneville salt flats of Utah, with his 24 & 48 hour record-setting car ‘Speed of the Wind’. Between 1937 and 1939 he set three new land speed records taking over from Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird.
  George Eyston was born in Witney, Oxfordshire in 1897 and became one of the most versatile drivers in the history of the sport. Aside from his motor sport he was also a talented oarsman and was the Captain of the Trinity Boat Club at Cambridge University. He was an accomplished yachtsman, flew a Deperdussin monoplane in 1912 (he actually gained his pilot's license in 1917) and raced motorboats in 1925. He also played a prominent part in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and was awarded the OBE in recognition of his service to his country.

During his racing career he established more records than virtually any other driver including breaking the Land Speed record three times. Between 1926 and 1954 Eyston set hundreds of records at Brooklands, Montlhery, Pendine Sands and Bonneville using cars ranging from a 750 c.c. M.G to the 73 litre 4,500 horse power Thunderbolt.

Provenance: Lloyd L. Greenwell, with his name stamped to front free endpaper and half title.

Octavo (book size 22.4 x 14.4 cm) pp. [2] xiv 176. In publisher’s yellow-orange, or is it ‘sand’ coloured cloth boards, with black lettering and vignette of ‘Thunderbolt’, spine in black cloth lettered in yellow-orange, top edge tinted burgundy. Dust jacket price-clipped to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, very faint foxing to endpapers and page edges, in very good, price-clipped, dust jacket, some wear to corners and spine ends, flaps wrinkled, single crease top to bottom on front panel.   Ref: 109557   Price: HK$ 2,800