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The Bluebird Years

Graham Beech, Arthur Knowles


Fully revised edition of the best-selling classic book that documented Donald Campbell’s attempts to raise the world water-speed record in his “Bluebird” jet-propelled boat to 300mph – Written by the man who was with Campbell throughout all the preparations and the final attempt that ended in tragedy.

Of great interest to all those that remember when Britain broke record after record – and when we once held the air, land and water speed records simultaneously – A book that recalls the triumphs of British engineering in the face of technological barriers – and not a computer in sight! – A remarkable story of the courage and heroism of one man that united the nation – Dramatic photographs, including rare ones never seen in any previous book, have been digitally enhanced for superb reproduction: close-ups of “Bluebird” and shots of record attempts at full speed – Includes a foreword by Leo Villa, Bluebird’s chief engineer, plus considerable new material to paint the true story of Donald Campbell by those who knew him – including a unique feature on his daughter, Gina Campbell, and her own record successes in power boats. The legend lives on!


Sigma Press



Publication Date:

2001 April


Paperback; 219 x 148mm.