I don't like to drag this out too much on this forum, but it seems my last post on here has prompted a public statement - on the Longbow website, then transmitted elsewhere online - that the contents of my post were malicious and untrue.
Since all this stuff - whether it is on here or elsewhere - is in public view, I feel a response from me is appropriate, as there is always the feeling of "no smoke without fire" if I say nothing.
Here is what the Longbow website says in response to my last BBP forum post:
"It has been brought to our attention that a third party has suggested upon social media, that our dear friend and mentor, the late Mr. D.G. Pool CEng, MIMechE, whom we reported had sadly passed away last month, had indeed not assisted us with our venture.
"We are at a loss as to why such a malicious claim would be made by this individual upon a public forum but trust that the following copy documents show this suggestion to be false."
I looked at the documents they refer to and couldn't make head or tail of them, but they were dated 2013. That's five years ago, which gives a good idea of how long it is since their 'involvement' with their "dear friend and mentor" Graham Pool ended. And it probably ended, if truth be known, some time before that.
Bear in mind that the other project wasn't even called what it is called now, back then. Between K777 and Longbow there was another name, which I can't for the life of me remember as it's not sufficiently important, but the main fellow in question rolls the various names together whenever it suits him and then just as quickly distances them ... you guessed it, whenever it suits him.
Anyway, here are the facts ....
My last post doesn't say Graham did not assist the people concerned with their venture. He did. With my permission and encouragement. It simply states that he ceased to do so once he realised he had been taken advantage of.
The documents produced by the Longbow fellow don't prove a lot. Only two things. One is that Graham was a nice guy who will have given advice and guidance on the topic of engines to anyone who asked for it - but certainly not after the extent of what was going on became apparent to him. The other is that Graham's name was doubtless being bandied about for some time after he had stopped rendering assistance, in a vain effort to imply his continued 'involvement'.
Let me be quite clear and explicit. Graham wanted nothing to do with the people in question once it became clear to both him, and me, that we had been misled as to what the true purpose of their 'venture' was - namely, an attempt on the WWSR.
It stands to reason that we would not help an outfit that was in direct competition with us. It would be effectively negating all the years of hard work that we, and especially Graham, had done. And it is also plainly silly to suggest that a key team-member would fulfil an identical role in two opposing teams.
At the time, I publicly glossed over it - including on here, when Checkie Rob very politely asked the "One man, two teams?" question. I did that mainly to spare the other side's blushes, but also to avoid an unseemly public spat that made Graham feel like a pawn. I soon came to wish I had made plain then and there that what was going on was misleading, at best.
Graham wanted nothing to do with the duplicity. We were frankly duped at the outset into helping these people on the basis that they were going to pay tribute to Donald Campbell when in actual fact they were attempting to plunder some of our best resources in order to set up in direct competition with us. Not just an important team-member, but other things too.
I'll be speaking at Graham's funeral next week. His daughter Linda texted me a couple of days after he died. Part of that text read ...
"I know all about your project. Dad was proud to be a part of the team."
On the other hand - speaking as one who worked with Graham for 11 years, right up until a few weeks before he died - he regretted helping the other lot - as, indeed, I do.
They only knew Graham had died by reading it on our website, then copied content from our Obituary onto their site.
The main lesson I long ago learned from all this? "If you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas."