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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 8:33 am Reply with quoteBack to top

When I was a kid, Donald Campbell lost control of his record breaking jet engined boat Bluebird at nearly 300mph on Coniston Water in the English Lake District, killing him instantly.

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Bizzarely, my parents gave me a 'flicker book' of the film of the accident (in the BBC article below) - each page had a frame of the film and flicking through it it moved in real time or slomo, depending on how fast you flicked the pages. Although I love the low technology of it compared with what we have now, the thought of giving a child a souvenier of a fatal accident beggars belief.

In 2001 the battered remains of the boat were recovered, along with Campbell's body. Controversially it was decided to rebuild the boat, using as much original material as possible.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7531809.stm

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I have been following the painstaking rebuild via an excellent blog on
http://www.bluebirdproject.com/Bluebirdproject/

Coniston now has a 10mph limit, so I was pleasantly suprised to read this today:

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On Wednesday, the Lake District National Park Authority said it would permit Bluebird to reach 100mph in a one-off "seaworthiness" trial.

The current lake byelaws do not allow any speed in excess of 10mph, except in a legitimate bid for a national or world speed record.


BBC story

If at all possible, I will be there with my camera. Weird that the boat in my flicker book would one day come back to life and get another run down Coniston. After its run the boat will go in a museum there.

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 8:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I just hopped over here from the Bluebird site having picked up on the BBC news article ... I think you have it summed up very nicely Roy along with all the emotions of the tragedy back in 1967.
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