Reid Railton

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24 Jun 1895
Alderley Edge, Cheshire


01 Sep 1977
Berkeley, California, United States of America


Great Britain


ERA (1950)

Best known for his land speed record car designs. Later worked as a consultant, but left the sport after John Cobb's death. Settled in America and continued as a consultant to the engine business before retiring. He joined Leyland Motors after graduating from university, working with JG Parry-Thomas, amongst others. Reid moved in 1922 to the Arab Motor Company with Parry-Thomas to become their chief designer, but they only built 12 cars before Parry-Thomas died. Railton then worked as technical director for Thomson & Taylor which is where he started becoming involved with speed record cars, developing and designing John Cobb's 1933 record attempt. He also worked on Donald Campbell's Bluebird cars. He designed Cobb's record breaking 1947 Railton Mobil as well as the speedboat for a world record water effort, but sadly this saw Cobb lose his life when the boat crashed. Railton continued in the automotive business for some while after that though.

Biography last updated 7 May 2017