Donald Campbell 300+ A Speed Odyssey by David de Lara

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Re: Donald Campbell 300+ A Speed Odyssey by David de Lara

Post by Richie » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:53 pm

by larch you mean high grade steel towers !
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Re: Donald Campbell 300+ A Speed Odyssey by David de Lara

Post by Renegadenemo » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:05 pm

by larch you mean high grade steel towers !
Can't remember what they're really called, we'd have to pull the drawing, but on there somewhere it says to pack the insides with finest spruce, which somehow became larch, which then gave its name to the parts themselves but they're actually made of 316 stainless. The drawing allows for them to be fully welded or riveted so we welded them then put the rivets in so they looked like the old photos. Not a splinter of larch anywhere.
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Re: Donald Campbell 300+ A Speed Odyssey by David de Lara

Post by Mike Bull » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:38 pm

Renegadenemo wrote:
parts of the boat are drawn exactly to what we've done
One part had me howling laughing... the 'Larch Towers'.

They're not called Larch Towers, for goodness sake! We made that up.
Yeah, that's in the keyed version in the Powerboat magazine article- the book just has the plain illustration. Apparently though, the boat's water brake ram was 4" square! :roll:

How about, the ram was 2" in diameter, in a 4" square housing...

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Re: Donald Campbell 300+ A Speed Odyssey by David de Lara

Post by quicksilver-wsr » Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:04 pm

I was rather late to David de Lara's Speed Odyssey book, as I don't collect nowadays and therefore normally don't even look - but I'm impressed. It is set out in a very clear way and has a good feel to it. The illustrations are superb and the text is nice and breezy.

I really hope it's doing well on the sales front, as it deserves a wide audience. I can't see how anyone could fail to find this account of Donald's life and achievements exhilarating.

It's stirring stuff!

Nigel

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