Saturday, 13 July 2013

LAND SPEED RECORD BREAKERS DISPLAY AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2013 #FoS

A fine collection of Land Speed Record machines at Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. We caught up with Donald Stevens for a few words about the Bluebird CN7.


Donald Stevens, project co-ordinator for the design and construction of the Bluebird CN7 car, and author of Veloce book Bluebird CN7 - The inside story of Donald Campbell’s last Land Speed Record car. Click here for more info about the book!

Bluebird-Proteus CN7

Renault Etoile Filante

Sunbeam 1000HP

Bluebird V

Gilette Mach 3 Challenger

Sunbeam V12



Donald Stevens was born in the East End of London, but grew up in Haywards Heath, the Sussex market town to which he was evacuated in 1939. In his early teenage years he became fascinated by aeroplanes and other machines, and on leaving school began training as a mechanical engineer.
At 19, he joined the newly-formed design consultancy Norris Brothers Ltd as its first employee, and became a member of the design team for Donald Campbell’s Bluebird hydroplane. Following National Service in the RAF, Donald became project co-ordinator for the design and construction of the Bluebird car. This is his first book.

Bluebird CN7 - The inside story of Donald Campbell’s last Land Speed Record car
By Donald Stevens

Records the development, construction and operation of the last wheel-driven land speed record breaking car that the UK produced, and tells how the tragic demise of Donald Campbell prevented it from reaching its full potential. A unique account of a legendary feat of engineering. More info