|Click on the button below to view Carl Noble's personal collection of photographs. These have never been on display to the public before. The collection contains some of the best colour pictures of Donald and his car.
These pictures have been kindly sent from Australia by Carl Noble's daughter, Danielle Jackson. They may not be reproduced or copied without her approval!
She can be emailed at email@example.com
Carl Noble designed the built in lifting jack on CN7.
Click here to go to the collection
Paul Allonby photographs
You can purchase a range of pictures of Donald from Paul Allonby. Prints nominal size - 8 x 10 inches - Cost per print is £9.00 Inc post and packing
Please click on the thumbnails below for a larger picture of the contact sheets
To order these prints either contact Paul Allonby at:
|or||Download this word file and place your order using the reference numbers at the top of the contact sheets|
|K7's First Launch||Nice Colour Picture of Donald||Team photograph taken at Ullswater! 1955|
David Madley emailed me these pictures:-
He writes: "My grandfather became friends with Leo Villa and Donald when they were in South Australia.
It was kept at a workshop in Port Adelaide when it was in Adelaide, my Grandfather was the Manager.
2 photos are of the car, 1 is in the Mayne Nicklas workshop in Port Adelaide the other is with a crew on the back of the trailer.
The letter is from Leo to my Grandfather, Harold Stevens, His nick name was Steve. Leo Villa mentioned him in his book he wrote.
In the photos he is the one in the black suit on the trailer and kneeling on the left in the workshop photo, leo in in both as well. I do not know the others in the photos except the person on the left of my grandfather, in the other suit, He is Jim Patterson, he was a long time friend of my grandfather, he owned JP Engineering, that is probably where they did some major fabricating for the car and boat for repairs if needed. Can you help me with some of the others names."
Derek Sheppard sent me these pictures he writes:-
"While going through a photo album my mother recently prepared, I came across some black and white photos taken by my father in 1963?. Donald Cambell was in Barmera, South Australia, to conduct speed trials on Lake Bonney. My father ( an English engineer at Angove's winery) knew somebody that knew somebody, that enabled us to meet him and look over the Bluebird, I was allowed to go with Donald and two others, in a runabout, to inspect the lake's condition, for a possible speed attempt that day. From memory, he made a few attempts there, but later chose Lake Dumbleyung, much to the dissapointment of the Barmera townfolk. It was certainly a thrill for a nine year-old,one that I'll never forget, certainly an honour to be in the presence of a famous figure"
Further info on Ruislip Lido can be found here www.ruislip.force9.co.uk/lido/lidomemories.htm
For further information please visit http://www.raysnet.co.uk/robevans/
Arthur Benjamins Prints
Fine art prints like the ones below are available from Arthur Benjamins, his fantastic artwork covers all motorsport. For more information please contact:
"Blue Bird Publications"
162 Swievelands Road,
Tel: 01959 574414
|One of Arthurs new style pictures, he may print if enough interest is shown!|
"Full Power" WILL be reprinted in a higher quality than previously, prices below
a) They will be in unsigned form at £25
b) Signed and numbered by Artist at £45.
c) As (b) and co-signed by Ken Norris at £85.
d) As (c) and co-signed by Jen Wales at £125. Please contact Arthur to reserve one now!
Moving Image Prints
These prints by John Pittaway are available direct from their site, click on the logo or prints below to go there!
Postage is extra at £3.50 per print.
How Long A Mile
The Final Curtain
Handdrawn Classics Cars Website
|Donald Campbell's Bluebird CN7 "As shown - 500 only. This is an original illustration drawn by the artist whilst he was assigned to the Bluebird project in 1962. All prints are personally signed and numbered. There will be no more once these are gone. All prints printed on parchment paper, framed, signed and numbered. Size:17.5ins.x 12.5ins" Goto www.handdrawnclassics.com|
Kimbustion Donald Campbell CD
Click here to go to Kimbustions website and hear extracts of a new album by Kimbustion called Bluebird's Return. It features songs recoding in tribute to Donald and Bluebird. You can download the album from itunes or mail order from their site.
Click here visit Richard Brights website to see a music video recorded as a tribute to Donald Campbell. There are also other music videos featuring various Formula 1 tributes amongst others!.
Click on the logo to hear Donald
Click on the logo to download a zip file (202kb), with a song about Donald, Called "Elegy to Campbell" the sound quality is not too good i'm afraid. It was written by Andrew Wintersgill and performed by Ian Thompson
Donald Campbell On YouTube
Amarok has sent medetails of this video he has made and placed on YouTube. It uses footage from "Across The Lake" and the Donald Campbell tribute "Out of This World" by Marillion- Enjoy!
As featured on BBC Television:
The only original full colour documentary
Order from http://www.campbellatconiston.org.uk
Bluebirds Final Run
A downloadable film from the Sigmapress website
Donald Campbell News Footage Video
This video contains nearly 3 Hours of newsreel footage.The footage covers Malcolm and Donalds entire record breaking career from 1925-1967. It has almost 80 news items. It even has excerpts that never made it to the original newsreels. This video contains the raw footage only, no commentry or editing, just pure newsreel items as they would have been.
It is available for £25.00, to obtain this footage please contact Colin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin also has a similar type video on John Cobb
Across the Lake Film
Unfortunately not available on video, and unlikely to be seen on Television in the near future. Believed to be in the ownership of the British Film Institute. They do not allow enthusiast copies to be sold, hopefully they will release it themselves and realise a tidy profit!!
Picture below from the producers flyer.
The following are some books that may be of interest:
|Leo Villa's Bluebird Album with 3D images-David de Lara (ISBN 0 85184 071 X)
"“Leo Villa’s Bluebird Album” is the first work on record-breaking transport history, in which almost thirty full-colour images can be viewed in 3D by using glasses supplied with each book. The story of its genesis is almost as intriguing as its contents. During the past fifteen years, David de Lara, a British-born documentary filmmaker, based in Switzerland, has been collecting archives for two definitive films about Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son, Donald.
|Donald Campbell: The Man behind the Mask-David Tremayne (ISBN 0-593-05058-4)
"Donald Campbell: The Man Behind the Mask paints a fascinating portrait of an intense, complex, superstitious yet abnormally brave man, who was driven not only by the desire to prove that he was worthy of the mantle of his father, but also by his fervent and unswerving desire to keep Britain at the forefront of international speed endeavour. This book generates a unique insight into how his deperate fear of failure finally lured him into takin one risk too many." Great book written by David Tremayne. a real Campbell devotee and one of the best if not the best Motorsport writers on this planet!
|Leap into Legend-Steve Holter (ISBN 1 85058 794 9)|
"Here are the life stories of the most famous British record breakers on land and water: Donald Campbell and his father, Sir Malcolm. It is also a story of the triumphs of British engineering between the two world wars - when huge and powerful aeroengines were being developed for the war effort, and ultimately used in peacetime to propel record-breaking cars and boats. While the Campbells take pride of place, the successes and failures of many others are also chronicled here - the dates, times and places - plus the official and unofficial speed records on land, water and even in space. Includes details of the tragic death of Donald Campbell in 1967, and reliable details of the many Bluebird cars, boats and planes built and raced during the 20th century. Complete with an incredible selection of black and white and colour photographs." The hardback edition of "Leap Into Legend" is now out of print, but is replaced by a softback edition available from 10 February at £10.95.
Click on the book to go to the Sigma Press website
"Rainbow Coloured"-Fred Blois
A fascinating and in-depth assessment of thedevelopment of Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 Hydroplane.
Expressed in both words and unique detailed illustrations.
The price is £20 plus P&P
|My Speed King|
|Released by Sutton Publishing From the press release (click on the Bluebird below to download full version) "This exclusive inside story tells in her own words what it was really like to be married to a man with a great lust for love-making and high-speed record breaking". |
Click on the Bluebird below to download the press release (word format)
|Bluebird and the Dead Lake - John Pearson - Arum Press (ISBN 1-85410-836-0)|
Republished book by John Pearson, originally released in 1965, it has now been reprinted with different pictures from the original. It is John Pearsons personal account of his time spent with Donald at Lake Eyre in 1964. Excellent book.
For books try Simon Lewis Bookshop or Chater's, they sell new and old Motoring books, they may also be able to find the book you want!
They can be found at
You can also try online bookshops http://www.buyused.co.uk
If you are a model maker please send in your pictures of models (in progress or completed). You may also want to join...
The Bluebird Modelmakers Internet Group! A Bluebird Modellers group has now been set up on Yahoo, if you would like to join please click on the link below.
Click to subscribe to Bluebirdmodellers
|Phil Edwards Record Models|
|Phil Edwards Record models have the following superb models available for purchase:-|
|1/72 K7 £75.00||1/43 CN7 £95.00|
These superb models are available from Phil Edwards details 1/43 CN7s are £95.00 each.
1/72 K7s are £75.00 each.
|Also avaialble is this Quicksilver model at £125.00. (£35 goes to Q/S.) and due soon is a CN8.|
James Hilton has sent me this picture of his K7. It is a 1:12 scale model of Bluebird constructed by Premier Ship Models adapted for remote control. The boat is powered by an electric brushless motor and should reach a top speed of 30-35mph. This is a Touchwood Model. .
|Rich Marsh has sent in these great shots of his model K7 Jag in a scene recreation, you'd never believe that it is really a big puddle!.|
|He has also sent in pictures of his model K4 which was built by Ernie Lazenby|
Simon Dallas Chapman sent these pictures of his 1/12 Scale R/C K7
This fantastic huge model of K7 was built by Stephen Salisbury. The model is about 1/9 th scale and constructed from scratch using plywood frame and skin then finished off with P38 filler The paint was mixed by a local decorating firm.
Gary Oxley has sent in these picture of his models, he writes "here is a photo of Bluebird 1964, alongside Donald's XK150S FHC DC 7. Both have been sprayed in Riviera Blue, which was matched to Bluebird in the museum. Some say the Bluebird colour was so close to Jaguar COTSWOLD BLUE, that he never re-sprayed his E-type FHC or the XK, he just ordered this colour from the factory. This is only a rumour like a lot of the sketchy history surrounding DC."
Micromodel card kit
It was said that Micromodels released this card kit in the 60's, it was then re-released in the late 80's. However it now appears that it was never released on the 60's (Well one copy was made!). There are though two reproductions one is made up of one sheet the other of six cards. However this is only the best information I have so far! Only one of the versions has the address of the company that reprinted it (Autocraft) printed on the card, very small, but there none-the-less, including a 1980s phone-number!The other as far as i can make out has a Garage name on it!
This reproduction is now available!
Goto http://www.autocraft.plus.com/page20.html Cost is £8.50 + £1.00 p&p (£1.50 p&p for europe £1.80 elswhere)
Merit model kit
This model was available for a short time! (I wonder if the tooling still exists somewhere!) Donald Dieterman of the Netherlands sent the instructions below, via Paul Hooft. These kits are very rare and have been reaching a high price on ebay. Click on the small pictures of the plans to open a new window for the full size ones.
|A BP Promotional kit with Jetex powered K7 and CN7 was produced. Mark Forster sent in this picture and writes "The set was produced in early 60 as the instructions refer to the attempt at Boneville "Later this year". These kits were on general sale.|
DG models CN7
|Paul Hooft sent this picture of a model kit for CN7. Another rare kit, is the tooling for this kit still in existence? Looking at it I don't imagine it needed much by the way of instructions!|
K7 Model plans
These plans were available from Nexus Media Ltd and wereRoughly 4ft x 3ft!
However I have now been made aware that they are no longer available. I would suggest using Freds Rainbow cloured book instead!
Kelloggs Free Toy!
|Free promotional toy given out in the US with packets of Kellogs Cornflakes. Any pictures of the box would be most welcome! The base is inscribed in tiny letters, "Bluebird 216.2 MPH, pilot-Donald Campbell, Lake Mead, Nevada, Nov. 16, 1955.|
Marx CN7 Toy
|Model CN7 produced by MARX,The model is unused and as new when it was 7/6d.(pencilled on box) box is marked official proteus campbell bluebird"the world flyer" with powerful friction drive motor empire made. Although the box shows crossed union jack/stars and stripes..... The model has union jack/Australian flag! It is really a nice attempt at Bluebird having panel lines /rivets and painted face driver...the air-brake panels are also moulded... Made in Hong Kong!!|
Please click on the picture below to download and article by journalist Beat Winterflood for Swiss Classics Revue. It is in German
Cigarette Cards and Bubblegum wrappers
A sweet cigarette card, "Junior Service" issued by Sweetule, as part of their "Famous Sports Records" No 11 of 25
A sweet cigarette card, issued by Top Flight Cigarettes, as part of their "Top Flight Stars" series No 17 of 25
Sweet cigarette card issued by Cadet sweets in 1956. no 6 in a series of 50
A very rare wax wrapper featuring Donald Campbell & his Turbo-Jet boat "Bluebird". Issued in the early 1960's by Anglo American Chewing Gum Ltd from a series entitled "Sports Parade". This card is not from the standard set, but from the rarer set which has the advert on the left side of the wrapper
Chris Barnes has asked to share these letters he has on this site, and no he assures me they are not for sale! Click on each picture to read!
A letter of thanks hand written by Donald
Page 1 of a letter to BP from Donald
Page 2 of a letter to BP from Donald
Copy of the reply to Donalds Letter
|Grenadines of St Vincent stamp||UK 63p stamp 1998|
|Click on the K7 logo below for a map of Coniston Water||Click on the Bluebird logo below for a map of Ullswater|