Glitch halts land speed record bid

The brakes have been put on a daring bid to break the UK electric land speed record, at least for the time being.

Don Wales and his Bluebird team were hoping to break the 137mph barrier, which the 50-year-old set in 2000, and reach 150mph, but the attempt had to be called off due to a mechanical failure.

When his son, Joe, 19, raced the vehicle along Pendine Sands, in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, the right front wheel upright sheered off.

The teenager came to a halt, unhurt, while the tyre sank into the sand. And his father, the grandson of legendary racing motorist Sir Malcolm Campbell, appeared dejected as Bluebird was winched on to a trailer.

The vehicle was damaged after Joe veered off course due to poor visibility, according to Don Wales.

He said: "This is a severe knock to us but it's immaterial to us because Joe is fine and that was always my worry."

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