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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

Carl Noble designed the built in lifting jack on CN7.

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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:
Paul W Allonby
Borrans Road
LA22 0EN

orDownload this word file and place your order using the reference numbers at the top of the contact sheets

These pictures have been sent in by Donald Campbell enthusiast Andy Griffin, who was responsible for reprinting the excellent book "With Campbell at Coniston" by Arthur Knowles.
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K7's First Launch Nice Colour Picture of Donald Team photograph taken at Ullswater! 1955

Adelaide Photographs

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."

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Barmera photographs

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"

Andy Hollingbery has sent in these photographs of K7 at Ruislip lido from the Mid 50's. He writes do remember thinking it was a waste of time putting such a powerful boat on a small stretch of water like the Lido but then being very impressed by the noise when the throttles were opened (I’m sure only partially) and Bluebird surged forward!
Please note these pictures are subject to copyright, but hard copies may be purchased from Andy. He can be contacted via

Further info on Ruislip Lido can be found here
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Tudor Gwilliam Rees sent this picture of Donald at Bristol Aeroplane Company with his Father, who was widely known as Jack Rees - a Welshman from Ystradglynais in South Wales - a major person in the development of Fibre Glass. He can be seen on the left of the first picture and the right of the others.
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Andy Chadwick sent these pictures taken at the time of Bluebirds handover from Samlesbury Engineering where his grandfather worked.
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Ulswater Pictures - These pictures were taken by Frank Carradus and sent to me by his son, Glyn Carradus.
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Charlie Hurricane sent these pictures of a letter and press photo
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The ultimate Bluebird artwork? James Hilton sent this picture of this tattoo of Donald and K7 that he had done on his back.
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Tomorrow's Salute

On January the 4th 1967 whilst trying to become the first person to go over 300Mph Donald Campbell's Bluebird crashed & disintegrated on Coniston Water. Early next day it was reported that a lone RAF Vulcan Bomber swept down the lake & dipped its wings in the classic salute to the fallen. The RAF denied it was "one of their's" and as no one else flew the magnificent Vulcan the story largely became part of the Bluebird legend, known only to a few. Thanks to research by Rob it now transpires that the salute was a personal tribute by one Don Dale, Vulcan Pilot with 12 Squadron. Having diverted from his flight plan to make the tribute he was in a certain amount of 'hot water' with his superiors in the RAF! All this he now confirms and he will be personally signing Rob Evans magnificent picture of Bluebird's heroic speed record attempt across Coniston with a ghostly Vulcan high above in readiness to make

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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:
Arthur Benjamins,
"Blue Bird Publications"
162 Swievelands Road,
Biggin Hill,
TN16 3QX
Tel: 01959 574414

For further prints and details Please contact:
Arthur Benjamins,
Blue Bird Publications
162 Swievelands Road,
Biggin Hill,
TN16 3QX
Tel: 01959 574414

For further prints and details Please contact:

Arthur Benjamins,
Blue Bird Publications
162 Swievelands Road,
Biggin Hill,
TN16 3QX
Tel: 01959 574414

For further prints and details Please contact:

Arthur Benjamins,
Blue Bird Publications
162 Swievelands Road,
Biggin Hill,
TN16 3QX
Tel: 01959 574414

One of Arthurs new style pictures, he may print if enough interest is shown!
For further prints and details Please contact:

Arthur Benjamins,
Blue Bird Publications
162 Swievelands Road,
Biggin Hill,
TN16 3QX
Tel: 01959 574414
"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!
For further prints and details Please contact:

Arthur Benjamins,
Blue Bird Publications
162 Swievelands Road,
Biggin Hill,
TN16 3QX
Tel: 01959 574414

Moving Image Prints

These prints by John Pittaway are available direct from their site, click on the logo or prints below to go there!

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Available Now

This print by John Pittaway from Moving Images entitled "Contemplation" is available Now!
Single Signature Print Signed by Artist (John Pittaway) only: £49.95
Double Signature Print Signed by Gina Campbell and Artist (John Pittaway) : £65.00

Postage is extra at £3.50 per print.

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How Long A Mile
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The Final Curtain
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Mr Whoppit
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Donald Portrait

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


Kimbustion Donald Campbell CD

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.

Richard Bright

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!.

Hear Donald Click on the logo to hear Donald

Bluebird Song 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!

Out Now!


As featured on BBC Television:
The World Water Speed Record

A film by John Lomax

The only original full colour documentary film of
Donald Campbell’s final World Water Speed
Record attempt.

“Campbell at Coniston”, running time
approximately 23 minutes.

Includes the silent tribute one year later:
“The Epilogue”.

All digitally enhanced with menus and chapters.

Copyright John Lomax Film Archive
1966-1967, 2004.

Additional still photographs
Copyright Keith G. Medley 1966.

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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

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

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"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

Visit the website

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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.

My Speed King Press release

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"Skimming the Surface" booklet from Replicast
Replicast have for sale this new lithographed version contains details of the lives and boats of Gar Wood, Sir Henry Seagrave, Kaye Don, Sir Malcolm campbell, Stanley Sayers, John Cobb, Mario Verga, Donald Campbell, Lee Taylor, Ken Warby and Craig Arfons. Superb Value at £3.50 including P&P.

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"The Bluebird Years" Book
This is a much expanded and updated version of "With Campbell at Coniston" by Arther Knowles, but with details on the recovery and loads of excellent photographs and drawings. You can also download a videoclip of "The final run" from their website.

Into The Water Barrier - Donald Campbell - Odhams Press - good early photos

Bluebirds - Gina Campbell - New English Library (ISBN 0-283-99611-0)

Racers Apart - David Tremayne - MRP Ltd - Fantastic chapter on Donald, as well as other chapters on various motorsport heroes, including Lee Taylor (ISBN-0-947981-58-6)

The Land Speed Record - David Tremayne - Shire Publications - Small but very detailed booklet published in 1991 (ISBN 0-7478-0115-0)

The Landspeed Record 1947-1997 - Transport Source Books - Made up of reprints from old magazine articles with lots of drawings (ISBN-1-858-47-951-7)

Record Breakers - Leo Villa - Hamlyn ( big book this one )

BP Book of the Racing Campbells - Richard Hough - Stanley Paul

The Fastest Men on Earth - Peter J.R. Holthusen - Sutton Publishing - Criticised for being inaccurate this book has none the less a great collection of glorious photographs. (ISBN-0-7509-2203-6)

Donald Campbell CBE - Arthur Knowles / Dorothy, Lady Campbell - Allen and Unwin (ISBN-01-926006-5)

Like Father like Son - Phil Drackett - Clifton Books (ISBN-901255-06-8)

With Campbell at Coniston - Arthur Knowles - Copy shown 3rd Edition, Griffin & Griffin (ISBN-0-9529844-0-7)

The World Water Speed Record - Leo Villa and Kevin Desmond - Batsford232 Pages 41 Black & White Photos 3 line drawings First Published 1976 Printed by The Pitman Press Ltd, Bath for the Publishers BT Batsford Limited (ISBN 0 7134 3065 6)

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


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.
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Phil Edwards Record Models
Phil Edwards Record models have the following superb models available for purchase:-
1/72 K7 £75.001/43 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.
All prices include p@p within Europe Phil can be contacted at

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

Christopher Talbot has this lovely model. It was made for him by Adrian Gosling who is in the process of building some K3 and K4 models (Looking forward to seeing pictures of these!). He can be contacted at
Chris advises her Vital Statistics are:
1) Scale is 1:6th (just over 4 ft long, approx 2 foot wide at the sponsons)
2) Power is provided by a Zenoah 23 cc, water-cooled engine developing approx 4 hp.
3) The engine turns an Octura 2 blade prop.
4) She has a water-cooled exhaust and engine manifold.
5) Construction is fibreglass, produced from a 'plug'
6) Rivet detail has been reproduced using scale pins, tapped into the hull, although I have not counted them!
7) She weighs approx 24 pounds all up.
8) Even has a 1:6th 'Donald', although I am currently looking for a suitably scaled Whoppit!
9) She is based on the final '66/'67 version.
10) Construction time was three months, including the original plug.

Simon Dallas Chapman sent these pictures of his 1/12 Scale R/C K7

He writes "It was made from a Touchwood Models kit with custom hardware by Ernie Lazenby. The kit requires a lot of finishing and considerable modelling experience to produce, but you end up with a model capable of 25-30 MPH (In a straight line of course!) and it looks very realistic on the water. The build time was 10 weeks flat out. The model uses an Orion 12 turn 540 'Hot' Motor, 8.4v 7 cell Ni-Cads and a Schulze 45bo intelligent speed controller. By the way, if anyone is building one and wants some advice, I would be happy to help". He can be emailed at Simon can now supply customers with ready built K7 models from 1/24 scale static to 1/6 scale Gas Turbine powered. For more details go to

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.

Stephen Salisbury can be contacted via his brother Allan Salisbury at

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."

Check out Garys website for more models!

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 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.

Merit Model Kit of K7Merit Catalogue picture
Front of the box
Merit Model instructionsMerit Model instructions

Jetex Kit

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!

Nexus Plans for  K7

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!!


Magazine Articles

Please click on the picture below to download and article by journalist Beat Winterflood for Swiss Classics Revue. It is in German

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An article from "John Bull" magazine, click on cover for full transcript. Kindly made "web friendly" by Mike Rimmer.

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Mark Croasdale sent in this magazine article and and truck picture. Click on the magazine article to open it up to a readable size! Apparently the UK's first Cummins engine truck pulled Bluebird!
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Cigarette Cards and Bubblegum wrappers

Sweet Cigarette card
A sweet cigarette card, "Junior Service" issued by Sweetule, as part of their "Famous Sports Records" No 11 of 25
Sweet Cigarette card
A sweet cigarette card, issued by Top Flight Cigarettes, as part of their "Top Flight Stars" series No 17 of 25
Cadet Sweets Card
Sweet cigarette card issued by Cadet sweets in 1956. no 6 in a series of 50
Bubblegum Wrapper
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!

Personal thankyou letter
A letter of thanks hand written by Donald
Letter to BP page 1
Page 1 of a letter to BP from Donald
Letter to BP page 2
Page 2 of a letter to BP from Donald
BP's Reply Letter
Copy of the reply to Donalds Letter


Grenadines of St Vincent stampUK 63p stamp
Grenadines of St Vincent stampUK 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

Coniston Map Ullswater Map