Rolls Royce presented this brooch to the wife of Captain George Eyston, after he broke the world land speed record in 1937.
The brooch depicts his car, Thunderbolt, which used two Rolls Royce R racing engines. Eyston went on to break the record again twice in 1938. His popularity, as well as the broochs subject, reflects the eras obsession with speed and technology.
Platinum set with diamonds
Given by Josephine Elwes
Captain Eyston was one of the most successful racing drivers of his day. He established an unparalleled number of records, including breaking the land speed record three times. His career began with motorcycle racing, but came to include hydroplanes and aeroplanes. He made his last record in 1954, at the age of 57.
British Sporting Personalities card issued by
Wills Embassy Cigarettes
Eyston designed the Thunderbolt car himself, and oversaw its construction at the Bean car factory in Tipton. The vehicle had eight wheels and was over 10 metres long. He drove it during his three successful attempts to break the land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The distinctive tail fin was removed for the final record attempt in 1938.