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Postby Keith Mitchell » October 28th, 2011, 7:48 pm

After the huge success of the initial book launch there will be a second signing session by Gina Campbell, Neil Sheppard and myself at the Ruskin Museum, Coniston on Thurs. 3rd Nov. at 3pm as part of Coniston Race Week.

Also present will be Mike Varndell to sign copies of his new book ' The British are Coming' a pictorial history of british speed record-breaking.

Why not come along and have a good day out watching the high-speed hydroplanes and powerboats, a coffee at the lakeside Bluebird Cafe and then up to the Museum ----.
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Postby Paul Holt » October 30th, 2011, 8:23 pm

I would love to be there on thursday but work prevents. Look forward to seeing Bluebird K7 in all her glory. Went a couple of years back when they had the unrestored tail fin on display. Seeing that for the first time was moving enough.

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Postby Keith Mitchell » November 17th, 2011, 2:07 pm

Just heard yesterday that the publishers have sold-out the initial print run which, of course, Neil and I are thrilled about.

I still have a small stock of signed special editions (£80) and signed standard editions (£30) that I can bring to the AGM for anyone interested ----.

Cheers,
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Postby Keith Mitchell » June 29th, 2012, 1:50 pm

.... for those interested in this topic, Gina Campbell - daughter of the record-breaker - is to publish her own story 'Daughter of Bluebird' this Autumn, see:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daughter-Bluebi ... f_gw_p_t_2
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Postby Paul Holt » October 11th, 2012, 8:37 pm

these articles make intersting reading. Will have to buy Gina's book.

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Postby Keith Mitchell » October 25th, 2012, 1:38 pm

Paul Holt wrote:these articles make intersting reading. Will have to buy Gina's book.

Presently reading it, Paul........... It's captivating - a story of tragedy and triumph, highs and heartaches, in equal measure. It's all told in Gina's frank and open style which one minute makes you want to laugh and the next, cry.

For those who need their heroes to have no 'warts' then this maybe isn't the book for them as Donald Campbell does not come out well in the normal 'fatherly' sense, but she is immensely proud and respectful of his achievements...... The latter have made her one very tough cookie but that belies a warmth and vulnerability - and a mischievous sense of humour - all of which permeates the book and which I've experienced first hand.

At the Ruskin book signing last weekend, she apologised to me that it was 'non-technical' and I might be disappointed. Not a bit of it I replied - I get enough of that with Neil's book and its aftermath/new editions, etc.. What I wanted was to hear of her experiences and whether being the only child of a 20th Century Icon was a blessing, or, a curse. My conclusion? A bit of both............

Buy it - worth every penny of the £17!

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Postby Keith Mitchell » November 10th, 2012, 10:49 am

We had the book signing of the (paperback) 2nd edition of 'Donald Campbell and The Final Record Attempt' at the Ruskin Museum yesterday. I have a small stock of signed editions by the authors, price £20. Can bring to the AGM if anyone is interested ........

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Postby Keith Mitchell » March 27th, 2013, 3:18 pm

Easter Sunday evening, BBC2 8pm:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p016w6fc
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Postby Paul Holt » April 4th, 2013, 6:15 am

I watched it Keith, brilliant program. Not alot i didn't already know but still good to watch.

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Postby Keith Mitchell » April 4th, 2013, 10:19 am

Paul Holt wrote:I watched it Keith, brilliant program. Not alot i didn't already know but still good to watch.

Yes, agree, Paul. I had been interviewed by the programmes producer last year about technical reasons for the crash, but high-up's in the Beeb decided they wanted it to be the recollections of those who knew him - not armchair experts... In that regard it worked well. Herewith my response on one of the Facebook BB-phile pages:

A tasteful, atmospheric production. Didn't learn anything new, but what was presented brought freshness to a story which is very familiar to all of us. One small point - nothing to do with the production - where does Mr Stephens get water is 600 times the density of air......?? My physics book says 800+ times....... K7 would have done some very funny things if Ken Norris had used that figure!!

Couldn't resist a technical dig.....!
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Postby Paul Holt » April 4th, 2013, 6:06 pm

Keith Mitchell wrote:where does Mr Stephens get water is 600 times the density of air......?? My physics book says 800+ times....



Good point Keith!

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Postby Keith Mitchell » November 28th, 2013, 8:51 pm

Even after 46 years it seems stopping migration of the aerodynamic centre of pressure forwards of the CG remains elusive:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25003463

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Postby Keith Mitchell » June 18th, 2014, 4:33 pm

This year, the 50th Anniversary of Campbell's dual water/land speed record, has unearthed a real treasure - a remarkable piece of video from down under’ :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1_0ZoQHNqI

It records in beautiful quality, DMC & K7s record attempts in 1964. It is also remarkably instructive.

We’ve made a few comments on the book thread - https://www.facebook.com/bluebirdk7 - which may be of interest.
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Postby Keith Mitchell » December 21st, 2016, 3:14 pm

As the 50th Anniversary of Donald Campbell's death on Coniston approaches, some members may be interested in the att. links regarding the commemorations planned around the 4th Jan. I’m contributing with a Q&A session down at Dodgson Wood on the 3rd.

If you’re on FB - I’m doing a ’50 Years Ago Today’ diary on the book page on the events of the final campaign:

https://www.facebook.com/bluebirdk7/
http://www.ruskinmuseum.com/images/news ... gramme.pdf

Also, later in 2017 at the 6th Cumbria International Motor Show 17th May I’m doing the guest lecture on Bluebird:
https://www.facebook.com/CIMS17/photos/ ... =1&theater

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Postby Keith Mitchell » January 4th, 2017, 7:16 pm

Well, it didn't end up on the cutting-room floor...

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/ ... ago-today/

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Postby Keith Mitchell » August 9th, 2018, 8:47 am

Well, after 17 years of hard restoration work, Bill Smith and the BBp Team have done it...

https://www.facebook.com/bluebirdk7/

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Postby stuart knowles 1611 » August 9th, 2018, 11:48 am

https://twitter.com/bluebirdk7

Regular updates also found here including video of BB K7 running at over 130mph while being tested on Bute.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofLCciRtruE&t=44s

It has been an amazing restoration and I hope that she continues to be run each year, so much better than just gathering dust in a museum. I sincerely hope that I shall see her running at some point in the future.

Congratulations are due to the whole team involved in the rebuild, and to all on the Isle of Bute and other sponsors who have made it all happen. Lake District Nation Park, - shot in foot. shame on you


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