The former RAF pilot told bemused colleagues during the first world war that one day he would drive a car at 200 mph. His first land speed record, was 152 mph in a 4 litre Sunbeam at Southport beach, Lancashire, in 1926. He achieved 203 mph a year later at Daytona beach, before setting his third land speed record there in 1929. Segrave had achieved: 231 mph in a 1000 bhp Sunbeam. He died unknowingly breaking the water speed record on Lake Windermere in 1930.