Of course I’m afraid every time I get into the Bluebird. Courage is not being fearless. Courage is overcoming and smashing through fear.
The son of renowned Grand Prix motorist Malcolm Campbell, Donald Campbell was born with speed in his veins. Both father and son were multiple world record breakers and between them they established or broke 11 world speed records.
Donald began his career using his father’s boat the Blue Bird K4 to attempt to break the world water speed record set by Malcolm Campbell. But he would never see success until he set out with his own machine. It was with his boat, the all-metal, jet-powered Bluebird K7 that he broke seven water speed records between 1955 and 1964.
Seven world records wasn’t enough though and in 1964 Donald Campbell became the first and only person, to this day, to break both the land speed record and water speed record in the same year. Keen to continue breaking boundaries Donald decided to attempt the land speed record again but using a rocket powered car. To increase publicity for the project he attempted to break the water speed record one more time, this time aiming for 300mph, but it would prove to be one attempt too far. During his second run of the day on January 4th 1967 Donald lost control of the Bluebird K7 and died in the subsequent crash. His remains were not discovered until 2001 when they recovered from the lake floor and moved to Coniston Cemetery.