Friday, 11 November 2011


On Saturday 3rd December, Donald Stevens, Design Team Member and Project Co-Ordinator for the land speed record breaker, Bluebird CN7, will be the guest speaker at an evening hosted by the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

Donald Stevens was the first employee of Norris Brothers Ltd. and worked on many of their innovative engineering solutions. After National Service in the RAF as a trainee pilot, he rejoined the company to work with the two chief designers on the concept of the Campbell-Norris 7 (Bluebird CN7), eventually becoming project co-ordinator for the construction.

He has given lectures on the design of Bluebird CN7 to engineering institutions countrywide. His talk at the National Motor Museum will include how the basic design was developed, the wind tunnel testing, method of construction, the runs and crash at Bonneville, and the real potential of CN7.

The evening, starting at 8.00pm, will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum Collections Centre. A pay bar is available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Before, the Museum will open from 6.30pm for a private view.

Tickets are £10 (with all profits going to the National Motor Museum Trust)

Source: Beaulieu

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.

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