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OptimalGT4
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Post by OptimalGT4 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:33 am

Hi All

I'm andy from Bolton-le-sands i've scuba dived in coniston many times fasinated by the K7 story
keep up the awesome work guys!!! when can i come have a look at her?

Bill you should know who i am(i'm on your list of volunteers) and we've spoken various times on the phone! ;)

KW Mitchell
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Post by KW Mitchell » Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:01 pm

Hello All,

My boyhood interest in Campbell and Bluebird was rekindled when my wife bought me the book ' The Bluebird Years' for Christmas. I was captivated and read it in two days!

Perhaps like many on this Forum, I can vividly remember where I was and what I was doing that fateful day, Jan 4th, 1967. As a 19 yr old student at Durham Technical College we were assembling for a Maths lecture when a friend rushed-in to announce the tragic news. It was felt by all in the room as, in those days, Donald Campbell was an Icon for all that was 'Great' in Britain. What we found particularly hard to take was the fact that we regarded him as not only phenomenally courageous, but indestructible -----------.

Campbell was a boyhood hero and the intrigues surrounding the disaster were never far from my thoughts but were brought into full and present focus by Arthur Knowles/Graham Beech's riveting account. The analyses triggered by the inquest were particularly illuminating.

My interests in the intervening 40 years or so have centred around aviation and in particular building and flying giant radio-controlled model aircraft (see http://www.largemodelassociation.com). My reason for mentioning what might appear to be an irrelevancy is that another of my boyhood heroes, Neville Duke, who held the world airspeed record is mentioned in the book and the 'bone dome' worn by Campbell in his speed records was presented to him by Duke. An intriguing - at least for me - conjunction of these two remarkable men's histories. The aircraft that Duke used for the record was the Hawker Hunter, a 1/3rd scale version of which I have built and currently fly (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtzD6Yykd9g).

The achievements by Bill Smith and his team have been quite remarkable and despite many problems along the way be they technical, financial or legal and the inevitable - yet understandable - misgivings of those both intimately and more widely involved as to how the restoration should proceed, I can only concur with the view that if Donald Campbell were alive he would wholley sanction the approach that is being taken.

I also find it particularly gratifying that not a little more than 10 miles from my Northumberland home a redoubtable Geordie and his equally committed band are bringing Bluebird back to life and the preservation of the craft, it's operator and it's history, in perpetuo .

I will be only too happy to help with my modest technical skills and in anyway related to the events planned for 2010.

Regards,

Keith
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Post by mtimney » Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:35 pm

AFTER SPEAKING TO GEORGE AND PAULINE BLACKETT ( THEIR WAGON WAS USED TO TRANSPORT THE BLUEBIRD AFTER ITS RECOVERY), THEY SUGGESTED I CONTACT YOURSELVES. I AM LOOKING FOR A COLOUR PHOTOGRAPH OF DONALD CAMPBELL. I HAVE TRIED MANY MANY WEBSITES BUT HAVE HAD NO SUCCESS. IF ANYONE COULD HELP ME, I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
MANY THANKS

IAIN TIMNEY
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

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Mike Bull
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Post by Mike Bull » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:42 pm

Hi Iain, welcome! I'm sure someone will be along in no time to help you with your request- there are no end of colour photos of Donald about .

If with my moderator hat on I may just politely ask you to not post in all capitals please? In internet 'speak', that's regarded as shouting!

Thanks, and again, welcome!

Mike

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Post by ace_chris » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:06 pm

Hi Ian, have you tried the speedrecordgroup on yahoo for a colour photograph of Donald? Probably the best collection of Donald Campbell and Bluebird pictures in the world! Here is the link http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Speedrecordgroup/ Chris

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Post by sheppane » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:39 pm

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DMC... IN 1966

Does that help Iain?
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Post by Ray F Warren » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:20 am

Hello everyone. I am not used to forums so am not sure of what to do. I will learn as i go no doubt. Anyway i am here to say hello and how much i appreciate this site being created. Last year i had the privelidge of visiting Bill and Bluebird with a couple more of the rebuild team also present. What a moment that was. I will never forget the moment i walked round the corner of the workshop and saw Bluebird sitting there with so much of the original fabric there and looking so complete. A replacement engine was to one side and on a shelf i noticed an old radio communications system. As i was leaving Bill's workshop after he and the team locked up i was offered a lift to the nearby station to get my train back to York. I declined the lift however as i needed some time to walk alone and take in what i had just experienced. That day will never be forgotten. Hope to see all again soon.

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Post by Mike Bull » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:31 am

Welcome to the forum, Ray! :)

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Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:34 am

Hi Ray,

What you don't know is that we'd had someone snooping around our yard for a few days prior to your visit. The intruder had been reported but not, by that time, cornered. You never knew how close you came to being kidnapped and interrogated at hammer-point... Welcome back.
I'm only a plumber from Cannock...

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Post by Mike Bull » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:41 am

He's not kidding about the hammer, either; you should see him open a box of chocolates! :o :lol:

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