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03-27-2004, 03:38 AM
The great racing driver,Sir Malcolm Campbell, was the first man to drive at over 300miles per hour. He set up a new world record in September,1935 at Bonneville Salt Flates,Utah. Blue-bird,the car he was driving, had been specially built for him. It was over 30 feet in length and had a 2500 horse-power engine. Although Campbell reached a speed of over 304 miles per hour, he had great difficulty in controlling the car because a tyre burst during the first run. After his attempt, Campbell was disppointed to learn that his average speed had been 229 miles per hour. Howere, a few days later, he was told that a mistake had been made. His average speed had been 301 miles per hour. Since that time, racing drivers have reached speeds of over 400 miles an hour. Following his father's footsteps many years later, Sir Malcolm's son,Donald, also set up a world record. Like his father, he was driving a car called Bluebird.
Donald Campbell was tragically killed piloting his K7 speed record boat on Coniston Water, in the Lake District on January the 4th 1967 whilst trying to become the first person to go over 300mph on water. He had achieved a run of 297mph on the first leg, but turning around without refueling and not waiting for his wake to settle, he set off on the second leg.The boat flipped of the water after exceeding a speed of over 300mph, somersaulted and disintegrated on landing on the surface.
The remains of Bluebird K7 have recently been recovered from the mirky depths of Coniston Water, by a team led by Bill Smith, and is now under restoration in Newcastle upon Tyne. When complete, K7 will be moved to The Ruskin Museum, Coniston, where an exhibition has been set up in memory of the Speed King.
Donald's body has also been recovered by Bill Smith's team, and the funeral was held on September 12th '03. Donald's body now lies in the Coniston village cemetery.
Gone, but never forgotten.
03-28-2004, 10:53 AM
I edited the pic :( :(
04-02-2004, 11:45 PM
It's sad when any of the drivers that push the limits of human achievement die.
Nice pic. :(