Monday, September 21, 1998 Published at 18:23 GMT 19:23 UK
Bluebird falls short
Don Wales and Bluebird Electric were dogged by problems
A bid to break the land speed record for an electric car has failed.
Driver Donald Wales, 37, clocked 126mph on one of three runs in his £400,000 Bluebird Electric before 2,000 spectators on Pendine Sands in South Wales.
But it was well short of the 215mph target.
Now the team says it must find another £10,000 if it wants another try next weekend.
Mr Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell - both of whom were holders of the record during their time - was breaking family tradition by driving a more environmentally friendly vehicle.
He said: "We just got beaten by an electronics problem which wouldn't go away. It's galling and I am gutted.
"Getting this event on the Sands has cost thousands and I just don't know if we can get the funds for another attempt next weekend, but we will try.
Sunday's drive had already been postponed for a day after a land mine from a nearby Ministry of Defence testing range was found on the beach.
Wales did go faster than his own British record of 116mph - but because the car cut out it did not count.
Team manager Martin Rees said: "It's terribly disappointing because everyone has worked so hard. But we have learnt a lot today and we hope to bring Bluebird Electric back to Pendine."