Although the National Motor Museum has not shouted it from the rooftops, following the car's display in the LSR "Beach" scene at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Beaulieu is currently the temporary home for Sir Malcolm Campbell's Blue Bird of 1935. I went along t see it the other day.
The Blue Bird is displayed between Sir Malcolm Campbell's 350hp Sunbeam and Donald's CN7 which I understand is scheduled to visit Australia next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its 403.1 mph record set on 17th July 1964. The 1935 car is normally kept at the - now closed to the public - Daytona USA exhibit at the Daytona International Speedway. Full marks to all the team at Beaulieu for securing its exhibition, even if only for a short period, and it certainly looks at home amongst its ancestors and descendants.
Whilst visiting, I was kindly allowed to take a closer look at the car - which I first saw "in the metal" at Talladega in 1983 - and confirmed that the car was very cosmetically restored for exhibition when the new Daytona USA exhibit opened about fifteen years ago. Interestingly, Daytona exhibit the car in, essentially, its appearance as at March 1935 when it achieved 276mph on Daytona Beach. The do not refer to its September record at Utah when Sir Malcolm set the first record at over 300mph. The car also visited Goodwood for the Rolls-Royce Centenary back in 2004. The internal condition is quite poor and there may be significant corrosion hidden away. I was shown parts of the chassis (via the LH air brake flap) and some of the condition can clearly be seen. That's apart form the wrong fasteners and dummy instrument panel and a host of other things. But, like the Queen Mary, at least it exists and who knows what may be achieved in the future.
Oh, and it's up on blocks too...
Catch it if you can. The Blue Bird is off back to Daytona at the end of November.