Napier Railton racing car

The Napier Railton was designed by Reid Railton and built by Thomson & Taylor of Brooklands in 1933.

The Napier-Railton: Brooklands Museum (image Brian Wood)

The Napier-Railton: Brooklands Museum
(image Brian Wood)

Watch the video of Allan Winn, Museum Director at Brooklands Museum, talking about the Napier Railton Racing Car.

Driven by John Cobb who was born and lived in Esher, it holds the Brooklands Outer Circuit lap record which can never be bettered following the destruction of parts of the circuit in WW2.

The car set two World 24hr Speed Records at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1935 and 1936.

Reid Railton and Thomson & Taylor also designed and built the last three of Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird Land Speed Record cars and the Railton Special, with which John Cobb took the Land Speed Record in 1939 and 1947.

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