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Geoffrey De Haviland was determined that Britain was to win the prestigious England - Australia air race of 1934. In great haste De Haviland's produced three of the five Comet racers built in time for the race. The subject of this model, the scarlet and white 'Grosvenor House' was the eventual winner flown by C.W.A. Scott and T. Campbell Black who covered the 11,700 miles in 70 hours, 54 minutes.