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In 1965 at the age of 13 I entered a competion to meet Donald Campbell and visit Bluebird. This was run by a now defunct newspaper, The Daily Sketch which was providing some sponsership.

In November 1965 I duly made the trip on the train up to Coniston. I recall being picked at the station in an Aston Martin by a chap called Fishwick who owned a local coach company. Stayed at the Black Bull pub and had an evening meal with Donald & his wife Tonia Bern. Then the next day a site visit to Bluebird and got to sit in the cockpit for a photo shoot for the next days Daily Sketch.

Apart from Donald and Leo Villa his mechanics Does that make me one of the last people to have sat in Bluebird before the fateful day? As a 14 year old I was distraught when he died only 2 months later. I would love to see Bluebird again.


Added: June 25, 2018
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As a very small boy maybe 5 or 6 I vividly remember my mother taking me to see the bluebird car on display In Sydney I can only guess it must have been about 1965 or 66 then in 1969 I was given Leo Villa's book "The Record Breakers" which I read from cover to cover so many times and still have to this day I was just mesmerised by the heroics of all those people involved and the machines they designed and built. I remember seeing footage of Donald Campbell's horrific accident in 1967 I saw footage of the Bluebird boat being recovered from Conniston, I had no idea that the boat was being restored, I am really feeling very emotional reliving all my boyhood memories and would like to congratulate all those who have worked and planned and made this happen. I would love to be on the Isle of Bute in August to see that magnificent machine back in the water and the see looks of joy,pride and satisfaction on all your teams faces. Well done and good luck !!

Added: June 21, 2018
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So good to see the diary active again, with quick progress and permanent assembly. Really enjoy reading it all, including the commentary. Always good to read some common sense for a change.
I last spoke to you in December 2014 and we exchanged emails about building my RV-8 (I'm the drummer chap from YouTube). I'm making progress too... first fitting of the wings last week. Going to be doing a lot of painting this summer, with the goal of final assembly and first flight next spring. I'm glad I don't have to involve any Town Councils for my event... hope those hurdles don't get any nastier.
I imagine the guestbook activity is ramping up as well... hope this doesn't get lost in the crowd. If you send me an email response, I'll send along a photo of the RV-8 in its current state... haven't mentioned the wings in my blog yet.
Thanks again; good luck; cheers!
MJF


Added: June 11, 2018
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Just booked my accommodation for three nights in Rothesay during the testing and training period. Really, really excited! Apart from bringing a cash donation, is there anything else I can do to help?

Added: June 2, 2018
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An incredible achievement by talented and special people. Your updates are so interesting and much appreciated.
So, we've booked a week on the Isle of Bute at the beginning of August to try the beer. Mrs B thinks we'll be touring for the week. Too bloody right - we'll be up and down the banks of the Loch for the best views and offering to lend a hand with any fetching and carrying. Best wishes with your endeavours and we'll continue our support of you and your sponsors to show our appreciation. :o


Added: April 25, 2018
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Viewing the Newsletters and footage it is obvious the team have achieved magnificent results to an exceptionally high standard. Congratulations! I'm jealous not being able to offer additional personal "spanner rash" to the rebuild...

Surely, the next project must be RMS "Titanic"?


Added: April 25, 2018
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Very excited to hear that the project is fast approaching its climax with a possible run on Coniston Water. If so I'll be there and to watch! I was fortunate as a 14 year old boy to have the opportunity to see and sit in Bluebird at Burgess Hill just as it was it was about to be taken to Coniston. I remember the conversation with Ken Norris talking about the timing of the runs and deciding whether to do a quick turn around or wait for the wash to dissipate. We talked about the use of a wing to hold the nose down. So the news of the crash was profoundly shocking for me at the time. Congratulations to the team for what they have achieved! :)

Added: April 8, 2018
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Just watched the One Show which brought back memories of 1967 and then you finding and recovering K7. A few years ago I visited Coniston and since then have followed the Bluebird story. One question? Will she ever make a visit to Coniston or after Bute go into the museum. Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing her in the future.

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Just seen you on the one show and felt compelled to look up your site.I just want to wish you all the best in your endeavours to write another chapter in this amazing story. I know your not going for any records but all being well I would love to get to see Bluebird on the water in the same year that the Bloodhound breaks the landspeed record, to use a truckers term, KEEP HER LITπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸπŸ‘

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Huge admiration for the work your team is doing, can't wait to see her in the water. Well done all of you.

Added: March 20, 2018
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