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on 4 June 2010
Have to say I'm incredulous as to why there so little material covering the car post-Utah? The 'Rebuild and Australia' chapter runs to all of 11 pages, and even most of that is photos; how on earth can you have a book called 'Bluebird CN7' and yet only slightly touch on it's ultimate record success- which after all is what it was built for! Yet instead, the author finds room to have a smaller chapter about his own finding of a stabbed person on the Norris Bros. site?!

I'd also have expected to see some detailed current day photography of the car, given that it is still with us, but there's none! (Bar a background glimpse of it in the author photograph) That alone I think is just ridiculous, a real chance missed.

First impressions then, a bit of a hodge-podge to be honest, and I'm glad I got it at the much reduced price from Amazon.
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on 6 June 2010
I remember the boyhood thrills of Donald Campbell's Bluebird and I had a Corgi model of one and this book easily transports the reader back to that Boys Own technical adventure. It is readable but you also feel, as a non-engineer, that you are jogging along with the science of it all and the engineering detail is well presented and understandable. To see the project through the eyes of a young designer on the project is fascinating but he never lets himself become the story rather than its grand figures, which is good journalism.
It is amazing, as with Formula One, how dominant the British have been in world speed records and this is a good insight into why. If you have the childhood memories or are simply fascinated by these triumphs of science and courage, or even if you are just deeply technically interested this is a good book to get.
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on 3 July 2011
I really liked this book, it gives a real insight into the workings of an early sixties engineering company and the development of the first incarnation of the CN7.

As others have commented, the book really just documents the author's personal experience with the car which was up to the Utah crash, so the subsequent Australian episode and actually successful LSR attempt are barely covered. "Bluebird CN7 - Development and First Land Speed Record Attempt" might have been a more accurate title.

That said the book is a wonderful source of information and Donald Stevens should be commended for putting his recollections, documents and photos into the public domain.
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on 30 May 2010
It was so nice to read something by someone who was actually there at the time as most accounts of Donald Campbell's efforts seem to be based on little more than anecdotes and newspaper cuttings. This is certainly a real treat for the purists but it is also very well written and so should also appeal to many more general readers.
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on 24 January 2015
A Christmas gift for my older son (aged 37) who has been an avid collector of Bluebird information for many years. This was the book he'd been looking forward to getting.
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on 24 March 2016
Excellent book and excellent service.
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on 4 October 2014
A very interesting read
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