Donald Campbell's Road Cars

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Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by Wallis » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:11 pm

I know Donald Campbell had a series 1 E-Type at the time of his demise but can anyone shed light on his previous cars? I believe he once owned a Jensen Interceptor.

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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by sheppane » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:33 pm

Wallis wrote:I know Donald Campbell had a series 1 E-Type at the time of his demise but can anyone shed light on his previous cars? I believe he once owned a Jensen Interceptor.
In no particular order and by no means an exhaustive list, an AC Ace, 4.5 Litre Bentley, Aston Martin DB2, Aston Martin DB3, Jaguar XK 120, Jaguar XK 150, Mercedes SL, MK1 Jaguar, Radford Mini Cooper, Aston Martin DB4 GT, Jaguar E-Type 4.2, Morris 1000 Traveller. I'm not aware of the Jensen, if he did own one it would be a 1950's model, not the more famous version which was introduced at the Earls Court motor show in November 66.
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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by Mike Bull » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:38 pm

Did Donald actually own the Morris Traveller then Neil? I just assumed it was the Goosens' own vehicle, but perhaps Donald bought it for their use?
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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by klingon » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:43 pm

Wasn't an Interceptor it was a CV8-remember a photo in the owners club mag when I owned one of DC sitting in a light metallic blue one same as mine (what other colour do you think he would buy?) :)
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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by sheppane » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:23 pm

Mike Bull wrote:Did Donald actually own the Morris Traveller then Neil? I just assumed it was the Goosens' own vehicle, but perhaps Donald bought it for their use?
The Traveller was the 'jack-of-all-trades car, without doubt used by Louis and Julia but owned by DC and used as well by Leo. There are stories of a Ferrari, but I have never personally seen any evidence, but It would not surprise me. The cars were not always a shade near to Bluebird blue either. The Merc was a Metallic red, the Aston DB4 GT similarly coloured, the Morris 1000 cream, AC and XK120 very dark blue, almost black.
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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by Wallis » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:43 pm

sheppane wrote:In no particular order and by no means an exhaustive list, an AC Ace, 4.5 Litre Bentley, Aston Martin DB2, Aston Martin DB3, Jaguar XK 120, Jaguar XK 150, Mercedes SL, MK1 Jaguar, Radford Mini Cooper, Aston Martin DB4 GT, Jaguar E-Type 4.2, Morris 1000 Traveller. I'm not aware of the Jensen, if he did own one it would be a 1950's model, not the more famous version which was introduced at the Earls Court motor show in November 66.
klingon wrote:Wasn't an Interceptor it was a CV8-remember a photo in the owners club mag when I owned one of DC sitting in a light metallic blue one same as mine (what other colour do you think he would buy?) :)
Wow, that was quick! The Jensen Interceptor in question believed owned by Donald was one of the 50's models and made a cameo appearance in the 1962 film "The Fast Lady". Interesting about the CV8, I'll chase that one up and see if the car has survived. Is that your CV8 in the photo?

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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by mark-f » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:47 pm

Does anyone have any info on the Radford Cooper. I have seen one picture of it taken with the prototype rocket car but have never seen any other info at all. Anything would be much appreciated.

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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by klingon » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:55 pm

@ Wallis-no wish it was!-just a stock photo,mine was a lot rustier than that!-think I paid somewhere in the region of £300 pounds for it so you can guess how long ago that was-swapped it for a series 1 e type roadster-sigh! :cry:
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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by f1steveuk » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:38 am

Being picky, wasn't the Mercedes a SLR "Gullwing", the SL being the smaller version?

Ken (Norris) had a Bentley MKVI that was once DC's which he then gave Ken as a thank you.
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Re: Donald Campbell's Road Cars

Post by sheppane » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:38 pm

f1steveuk wrote:Being picky, wasn't the Mercedes a SLR "Gullwing", the SL being the smaller version?

Ken (Norris) had a Bentley MKVI that was once DC's which he then gave Ken as a thank you.
Steve,

It was a Gullwing 300SL, but not an R, in Burgundy red. There are only 2 300 SLR's (R for Racing) which were built up from spare race car chassis after Mercedes withdrew from racing in 1955. I bet DMC wished he had one of those. One went straight to the Merc museum, the other was run by Rudolf Uhlenhaut, their chief engineer.

Here is an image of the SLR. Beautiful.
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and here is an image of DC's SL and the Aston DB3
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