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Bluebird CN7 – the inside story of Donald Campbell’s last Land Speed Record car



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Bluebird CN7 – the inside story of Donald Campbell’s last Land Speed Record car
BOOK OF THE MONTH - Octane magazine

By Donald Stevens
About the Author

V4975 • 25x20.7cm • 160 pages • 134 colour and b&w pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845849-75-7


£ 30.00 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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Features

• The story of the Bluebird CN7 told by a member of the original design team
• The name "Bluebird" is synonymous with world speed record breaking
• CN7 is the fastest of the Bluebirds and the most sophisticated design ever produced for a wheel-driven record breaker
• CN7 used technology and materials developed for the aircraft industry
• The personalities involved
• Previously unpublished photographs, drawings and speed graphs
• CN7 is now resident in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Description

The development, construction and operation of the last wheel-driven land speed record-breaking car that the UK produced, and how the tragic demise of Donald Campbell precluded it from reaching its full potential. It is also the personal story of one of the design team, how he became involved, and his incredible experiences in doing so. With many previously unpublished photographs, drawings,
and illustrations, this is a unique account of a legendary feat of British engineering.

Synopsis

Since the early 1920s the name Bluebird has been synonymous with world speed record breaking on land and water. Driven first by Sir Malcolm Campbell, then his son Donald, and latterly by Donald’s nephew Donald Wales in electric powered vehicles, they have consistently pushed records ever higher.
This book is the story of the design and construction of the fastest of the Bluebirds, the Campbell-Norris 7 (CN7). This car, now resident in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in England, is the most sophisticated design ever produced for a wheel-driven record breaker. Using methods and materials developed for the aircraft industry, the CN7, given suitable running conditions, was capable in 1960 of a speed exceeding that produced by the present wheel-driven record holder 19 years later.
The author was first employed by the designers Norris Brothers Ltd as a design draughtsman on the Bluebird K7 hydroplane. After completing his National Service in the RAF, he rejoined the company to work with the two chief designers developing the specification for CN7, and he later became project co-ordinator for its construction.

Independent Reviews

Still an excellent read in paperback form and well worth the cover price.
Total Kit Car

Plenty of technological insight, including period drawings, graphs and data. The photographs are excellent, too.
Classic & Sports Car

It’s a great read about one of the wildest forms of motorsport out there.
Auto Express

A well-written and fascinating book that's packed with interesting photographs, drawings and other information. It's an absolute 'must' for anyone with an interest in the 'Bluebird Era.' Teme Valley Times

Highly recommended, particularly to engineering readers.
Speedscene

There are plenty of technical details and illustrations in this book to keep the mechanically minded engrossed, but the background to the personalities involved, the fascinating contributions of the various specialist suppliers and the nail-biting will-they/won't-they excitement make this a highly recommended read to anybody with an interest in cars, record breaking or British engineering and endeavour at its finest.
MG Enthusiast

BOOK OF THE MONTH. This is a wonderful book, written with love, and a reminder of Britain's inherent, if occasionally misplaced, can-do spirit.
Octane

It's a well-balanced piece, both anecdotally and technically satisfying and giving a comprehensive and nicely measured account of the project.
Classic Cars

With drawings, diagrams and photos [Stevens] illustrates the design process and assembly, including unseen photos of the Utah crash and successful Lake Eyre runs.
Motor Sport

Essential reading for anyone interested in the Proteus-powered beauty.
Classic & Sports Car

This book is as engrossing as it is inspiring. Perhaps the best book ever written on a land speed car.
Racecar Engineering

This book is excellent for both technical and not so technical readers. This is a book to savour and revisit time after time. Donald Stevens waited a long time to write this book. We should be grateful he let us into his world.
Fast Facts

With many previously unpublished photos, drawings and speed graphs, this book will prove fascinating to anyone with even the faintest interest in Campbell and the Bluebirds. A superb 160-page, very personal account of one of Britain's great and serial speed record competitors.
Totalkitcar

Additional Information

The how and why of the CN7’s design and construction is given in very readable form, even for non-technical readers.

Told from the inside, with many insights on personalities not in other books.

Features many photographs, drawings and speed graphs not previously seen by the public.

   

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