January 25, 1905 – New automobile land speed record

The sands of Daytona Beach in Florida are notorious for their place in automotive history. It was there on this day in 1905 that Brit Arthur Macdonald piloted a Napier six-cylinder racing car dubbed Samson to a new speed record of 104.65 mph (168.42 km/h). The L48, as it was formally known featured tubular radiators running along each side of the bonnet, giving the car a one of a kind appearance. With an 848 cubic inch engine pushing more than 90 horsepower Macdonald covered the five mile race in 3 minutes and 17 seconds. The car would continue to be successful in races across Great Britain and France before finding its motor mounted to a boat in Australia. A replica of the Samson was produced by Bob Chamberlain at the end of the 20th century using the original motor and it is still capable of hitting 100 mph.  The Napier Samson L48 at Dayton with Arthur Macdonald at the wheel.A chassis of a Napier 6 cylinder, similar to that of the L48Napier produced its first 6 cylinder racing car in 1904

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