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Author Topic: 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell's fatal crash on Coniston Water  (Read 1407 times)
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« on: January 04, 2017, 08:51:09 AM »

Today at 08.51 marks the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell's fatal crash on Coniston Water in Bluebird K7.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-38496708

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 11:04:01 AM »

A few links that may be of interest realting to Donald, the only man to have taken the World Land Speed Record and World Water Speed Record in the same year.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-28308872

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21478855

http://www.ruskinmuseum.com/content/donald-campbell-bluebird/who-was-donald-campbell.php

http://ginacampbellqso.com/rebuilding-k7/ruskin-museum-coniston-cumbria/

https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/attractions/national-motor-museum/  "For Britain and the hell of it"
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There's nowt as light as a hole, so add lightness.

Our lady of blessed acceleration, don't fail me now! - Elwood Blues

Nitro doesn't add power, it multiplies it! Bob Loux, running 10.07 secs @138mph on a 650 normally aspirated Triumph drag bike in 1965!

"Incontinence Hotline" - please hold.
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2017, 08:29:19 PM »

I was an apprentice sheet metal worker at Boxfords machine tools in the 90s  they had a telegram from Donald Campbell thanking them for supplying a lathe for one of the Bluebird projects
Good God I wish I could have liberated that before I left
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2017, 06:09:58 PM »

I heard it mentioned on the BBC radio news on the anniversary, with a few words from his daughter from the remembrance service, saying what a true British hero her Dad was.
In the days before risk assessment & health & safety, he was out there, risking his life for what he loved. Most of the time he came back, except this one time when it all went a bit wrong.
Masterly understatement, but sounded like she was definitely made of the same stuff as him. We need more Brits like them.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2018, 03:45:22 PM »

A team has been working on the restoration on Tyneside after Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 was salvaged from the lake in 2001, and the BBC website has an article saying that the restored Bluebird K7 is being transported to the Isle of Bute in Scotland where it will take to the water for the first time in more than 50 years and undergo tests this weekend (Aug 4th & 5th).

What a sight (and sound) to behold!


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-45037080

http://www.mankymonkeymotors.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=16075.0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3gQQSTxtaI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-4G5vgSYIo

Photo from the BBC website
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2018, 08:20:48 PM »

Really hope someone films that!
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2018, 08:21:47 AM »

Think the BBC's One Show is..........
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2018, 05:27:32 PM »

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-45068703
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2018, 07:39:40 AM »

The BBC reports that Bluebird has reached 100mph during tests on Loch Fad.


See the following reports

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-45097592
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-45132210


Some great footage from youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLzBSt3WaKM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLzBSt3WaKM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvK14ByAWAQ
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Our lady of blessed acceleration, don't fail me now! - Elwood Blues

Nitro doesn't add power, it multiplies it! Bob Loux, running 10.07 secs @138mph on a 650 normally aspirated Triumph drag bike in 1965!

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2018, 08:03:10 AM »

Sky News have a 1/2hr prog showing the restored machine being repeated at various times on Sun 26th & Mon 27 Aug.
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Our lady of blessed acceleration, don't fail me now! - Elwood Blues

Nitro doesn't add power, it multiplies it! Bob Loux, running 10.07 secs @138mph on a 650 normally aspirated Triumph drag bike in 1965!

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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2021, 10:20:36 AM »

August 2021, and the BBC news website has this

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-58205737
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There's nowt as light as a hole, so add lightness.

Our lady of blessed acceleration, don't fail me now! - Elwood Blues

Nitro doesn't add power, it multiplies it! Bob Loux, running 10.07 secs @138mph on a 650 normally aspirated Triumph drag bike in 1965!

"Incontinence Hotline" - please hold.
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