Blue Bird Years: Donald Campbell and the Pusuit of Speed: Donald Campbell and the Pursuit of Speed Paperback – 1 Apr 2001
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Knowles spent the winter of 1966-67 as an informal member of Donald Campbell's team as he made his last, and fatal, attempt to raise his own world water speed record to 300mph. Like most people who met him, Knowles clearly fell under "the Skipper"'s charismatic spell but this book is far from a hagiography; it's a frank and lucid account of the day-to-day frustrations Campbell experienced as he waited for the weather to clear, or the engine to perform, or the right water conditions to make a record attempt. These endless, tedious delays were punctuated by the breathtaking excitement of Campbell opening Bluebird's taps on the few occasions when the conditions were right, and here you get an eyewitness account of what made the waiting worthwhile: the stunning sight of Bluebird racing across the lake and the extraordinary guts of the restless, quixotic man strapped into her cockpit.
His account is bookended by Beech's introduction and a lengthy epilogue. The epilogue contains a detailed technical analysis of what caused Bluebird to crash as well as a particularly affecting summary of her final run by Ken Norris, Bluebird's chief designer. It concludes with the coroner's report into Campbell's death and an update on progress on K7's restoration.
Beech does an excellent job of marshaling the facts surrounding Bluebird's crash and the final chapters are a great complement to Knowles' account. Together they make a fascinating read and a memorable contribution to the literature on the life and death of Donald Campbell.
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Superb book great value with great pictures and text 10/10Published 18 months ago by P. Cherrington
A great book on Donald Campbell's quest to be the speed king of land and waterPublished 20 months ago by leslie beaumont
Very good read if you are into Donald Campbell you will like this book,goes on a bit with the facts but well worth a read.Published on 1 Nov. 2013 by R. E. Land