Hi all my names Mike and I'm a 35 yo who like most my age first came aware of bluebird or Mr Campbell after watching across the lake. These being the days before the internet when it finished I dashed off to draw lots of pictures of bluebird for future reference, however thinking my soccerball chasing friends would pour scorn on my new interest I felt compelled to hide said drawings behind posters on my bedroom wall. But now I feel its time to come out of the closit, especially now I've got my 13 yo daughter with the bluebird bug. Now I have lots of questions to ask but all in good time first a bit of praise.............
Being a lover of all classic vehicles or such (basically owt with an engine built fore I was born) I've seen lots of restoration jobs and for me the ones that are still in use always win over. Why look at something slowly gathering dust when you can see, hear, feel and smell what something was like back in the day. I like my trucks and leave my pals wondering when I sit smelling diesel fumes if a particular gassy example rumbles by so christ only knows what the smell of burnt kero will do to me if I get to be near a running orpheas.
Being a grease monkey I've struggled with a bit of body work in the past and after reading about the lengths you go to so as you can reuse original material is amazing. How you take a piece of ally that's been in a 280 ish mph crash then rotted for 40 odd years as good as new is beyond me. To see how perfect the repairs are without use of filler is unbelievable surely upon completion you deserve recognition and awarding for such a groundbreaking and fresh aproach to restoration work.
I also enjoy the stories and other associated bits of history that gets bantered about on the forum. The knowledge and level of interest of members is amazing. I've not long purchased Donald Campbell and the final record attempt and loved it especially the pics just stunning some of them and was wondering what people sugest I get next that will give me a good knowledge of the mechanics of the boat, plenty of under the skin shots and descriptions.
Thanks in advance and sorry to lumber on a bit.