Bluebird Archive Photos & Films

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Got this on the guestbook from a lady in Syracuse, NY, USA. Anyone clear this up and I'll mail her back.

I recently transferred some slides to digital from photos my father-in-law took in the Spring of 1958 of the Bluebird K7. I did some research and am fascinated by the historical significance and the story of Donald Campbell. Unfortunately, I do not know where these photos were taken and have spent hours online trying to find any clue as to the Bluebird's location at that time. So far, I have not seen a single photo or reference to anything resembling the point of view in which the photos were taken. I am looking to authenticate the photos and will be happy to share them once I can place the Bluebird and my father-in-law in the same place sometime in the spring of 1958. I appreciate any assistance.
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Wasn't Canandaigua around July 57. Does her photo have the big air speed pitot on the starboard sponson. Back at Coniston Nov 58. Maybe a roll of film shot between 57/58.

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I believe 58 was the year the sponsons lost their bumps, she ran at Coniston early in the year with bumps & later in the year without the bumps.
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She ran at Canandaigua & Onondaga lakes in the US late 57, that may be more like it.
I've not seen any pics from Onondaga lake before..
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Renegadenemo wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:27 pm
Got this on the guestbook from a lady in Syracuse, NY, USA. Anyone clear this up and I'll mail her back.

I recently transferred some slides to digital from photos my father-in-law took in the Spring of 1958 of the Bluebird K7. I did some research and am fascinated by the historical significance and the story of Donald Campbell. Unfortunately, I do not know where these photos were taken and have spent hours online trying to find any clue as to the Bluebird's location at that time. So far, I have not seen a single photo or reference to anything resembling the point of view in which the photos were taken. I am looking to authenticate the photos and will be happy to share them once I can place the Bluebird and my father-in-law in the same place sometime in the spring of 1958. I appreciate any assistance.
If they were taken in the spring of 1958, specifically May, they would have been taken at Aix-le-Bains in France. K7 ran at a motorboat regatta, after having been on display in Brussels and then Paris earlier in the month. If they were taken in the USA, in particular New York State, then K7 was there from June 1957 - to September 1957 Initially Canandaigua and then Onandaga. K7 also I believe did come demo runs in Canada during a trip to Toronto in late August 57. In all case's they would have been with the original shallow 'humped' sponsons. By the time K7 went to Coniston in September 58, it was with the revised sponson fairing's although the humped fairings did get taken to Coniston in case the revisions did not work.
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