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Blue Bird K7 restored after 51 years


Pete Lewis
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Bluebird arriving on Bute

 

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

this should be interesting those who watched the disaster as she took off at speed and crashed in 67

i remember walking the shores of Coniston back in 68 and we found a load of rib and vertebrae bones ....we 've found  him  ........... 

 another 10yds and there was the rest of the sheep   well we tried .

pete

 

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I was an apprentice in Hounslow in 68. One of the others discovered Donald Campbell's Bluebird was in a nearby local garage. "But he's dead! Bluebird's at the bottom of a lake!"  We went for a look, it was in a lean-too, out the back, a speed boat, IIRC, one of Campbells earlier vehicles. They were all called Bluebird.  It was in a bit of a mess being partly exposed to the elements, but nobody seemed bothered. 

10, maybe 20 years later I read in the paper "Donald Campbell's Bluebird discovered derelict in Hounslow garage!" No actual information of it's age or what it actually was or how it got there. Early fake news.

Doug

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Its just to sell newspapers, early version of bluebird found in shed not of interest but if you just say bluebird found in shed that is of interest. Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I had a paper round if you read the stories in different papers the only way you knew it was the same story was because the names and locations where the same.

Regards

Paul

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I was at the Ruskin Museum in Coniston on Friday, which is where the restored Bluebird will rest after her 100mph runs on Coniston Water next year. They have already constructed a new Bluebird Wing to house her.

The reason for raising her was that whilst the locals had always known of her resting place, it was increasingly known within the diving fraternity to the point that there were concerns over trophy hunters. She was raised with the consent of the Campbell family, with Donald Campbell's body being found close to the wreckage and interred on September 11th 2001 - the media focus was elsewhere that day.

Doug - the boat you refer to was a jet boat project that was at prototype stage at the time of Donald Campbell's death. It was a business venture he was leading with the same designer as Bluebird K7. It has since been restored and demonstrated, before being retired to the same Ruskin Museum.

Gully

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The second day of test running for K7 (yesterday) had a slightly delayed start after an engine igniter fault, but ended with a beautiful 100mph full planing run down the loch. There's great footage on YouTube shot from a vantage point along the loch.

Gully

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On 8/4/2018 at 5:39 PM, 68vitesse said:

Its just to sell newspapers, early version of bluebird found in shed not of interest but if you just say bluebird found in shed that is of interest.

We had an air show in the Portrush area of the North Coast a few years back, the papers were full of the Battle of Britain element and the impending dogfight between a Spitfire and a Messerschmidt. Come the great day, it turned out to be two replicas which were vaguely similar at about three miles high and did not even have the original engines, so not even the iconic engine noise.

The papers of course didn't lie, but there were a lot of people demanding their money back...

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  • 7 months later...

Amazing work by the Bluebird Project, what an achievement in restoring and rebuilding K7 to operational use.

There's also a tentative Triumph connection with Leo Villa, Bluebird / Campbell family master technician for many years and record attempts, who apparently owned a GT6 in later life:

http://www.motorbase.com/vehicle/profile/triumph-gt6-mk-iii/picture.php?p=931294468

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