Bluebird CN7 - The Inside Story of Donald Campbell's Land Speed Record Car by Donald Stevens
- The story of the Bluebird CN7 told by a member of the original design team
- The name "Bluebird" is synonymous with world speed record breaking
- CN7 is the fastest of the Bluebirds and the most sophisticated design ever produced for a wheel-driven record breaker
- CN7 used technology and materials developed for the aircraft industry
- The personalities involved
- Previously unpublished photographs, drawings and speed graphs
- CN7 is now resident in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
The development, construction and operation of the last wheel-driven land speed record-breaking car that the UK produced, and how the tragic demise of Donald Campbell precluded it from reaching its full potential. It is also the personal story of one of the design team, how he became involved, and his incredible experiences in doing so. With many previously unpublished photographs, drawings,
and illustrations, this is a unique account of a legendary feat of British engineering.
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 Campbells 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.