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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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Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Sigma Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850587663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850587668
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.7 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book which combines Arthur Knowles' "With Campbell on Coniston" (published in 1967 and long out of print) with Graham Beech's more recent account of the recovery and restoration of Bluebird K7.

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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This book includes the seminal original account of Donald Campbell's last ill fated record attempt by Arthur Knowles. It contains the superb photography of Paul Allonby, and represents an eyewitness view to events as they happened in the winter months of 1966 / 67. Usefully brought up to date in the early 2000's by Graham Beech, with a fair amount of new content. Worthy and very good value.
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Great book and a tribute to a man dedicated to his goals whatever the cost.
A true British icon
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I have been wanting this book fo some time,and found it at a very good price
I am building Donald campbells car and boat and found good pictures with
lots of info.
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