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GOOD LUCK FOR THIS WEEKEND GUYS!!! :) RIP DONALD CAMPBELL - My childhood hero :!cry:

Added: August 3, 2018
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hi I am thinking of bringing my two little sons who race motorbikes to watch a little piece of history being made have you any idea on what days you may give her a run please thank you bryn jones :D :D

Admin reply: Morning Bryn,
As this is the first time Bluebird will be back on the water, there will be many unknowns, therefore we have no plan or dates when she will be running, and as always it will be weather permitting.
Cheers John.


Added: July 17, 2018
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Hi Paul - we met in Rothesay in the Discvery Centre. I was running the Steam Railway. You have my busness card - can ypu get in touch, please. All the best Peter

Added: July 11, 2018
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Congratulations :) Everything looks fabulous, its like looking back in time seeing it as it was when sadly Mr Campbell lost his life. May God be with you when it comes time to start the beast up and drop the clutch. (does it have one?)

Added: July 3, 2018
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Fantastic achievement guys, as if it needs to be said! Very best of luck up in Scotland.

Added: July 3, 2018
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Felt very humble on Saturday 30th June watching you all as you fired up the engines - a marvellous achievement.

Thank you for the insight, and the chat.

Many thanks for allowing Debs and myself to watch from within the compound.

Looking forward to the next steps and I'll buy you all a pint up at Loch Fad if I have the chance! We hope to travel up to watch.


Added: July 2, 2018
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In 1965 at the age of 13 I entered a competion to meet Donald Campbell and visit Bluebird. This was run by a now defunct newspaper, The Daily Sketch which was providing some sponsership.

In November 1965 I duly made the trip on the train up to Coniston. I recall being picked at the station in an Aston Martin by a chap called Fishwick who owned a local coach company. Stayed at the Black Bull pub and had an evening meal with Donald & his wife Tonia Bern. Then the next day a site visit to Bluebird and got to sit in the cockpit for a photo shoot for the next days Daily Sketch.

Apart from Donald and Leo Villa his mechanics Does that make me one of the last people to have sat in Bluebird before the fateful day? As a 14 year old I was distraught when he died only 2 months later. I would love to see Bluebird again.


Added: June 25, 2018
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As a very small boy maybe 5 or 6 I vividly remember my mother taking me to see the bluebird car on display In Sydney I can only guess it must have been about 1965 or 66 then in 1969 I was given Leo Villa's book "The Record Breakers" which I read from cover to cover so many times and still have to this day I was just mesmerised by the heroics of all those people involved and the machines they designed and built. I remember seeing footage of Donald Campbell's horrific accident in 1967 I saw footage of the Bluebird boat being recovered from Conniston, I had no idea that the boat was being restored, I am really feeling very emotional reliving all my boyhood memories and would like to congratulate all those who have worked and planned and made this happen. I would love to be on the Isle of Bute in August to see that magnificent machine back in the water and the see looks of joy,pride and satisfaction on all your teams faces. Well done and good luck !!

Added: June 21, 2018
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So good to see the diary active again, with quick progress and permanent assembly. Really enjoy reading it all, including the commentary. Always good to read some common sense for a change.
I last spoke to you in December 2014 and we exchanged emails about building my RV-8 (I'm the drummer chap from YouTube). I'm making progress too... first fitting of the wings last week. Going to be doing a lot of painting this summer, with the goal of final assembly and first flight next spring. I'm glad I don't have to involve any Town Councils for my event... hope those hurdles don't get any nastier.
I imagine the guestbook activity is ramping up as well... hope this doesn't get lost in the crowd. If you send me an email response, I'll send along a photo of the RV-8 in its current state... haven't mentioned the wings in my blog yet.
Thanks again; good luck; cheers!
MJF


Added: June 11, 2018
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Just booked my accommodation for three nights in Rothesay during the testing and training period. Really, really excited! Apart from bringing a cash donation, is there anything else I can do to help?

Added: June 2, 2018
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