Row over Bluebird legacy splits Donald Campbell’s admirers

Row over Bluebird legacy splits Donald Campbell's admirers

She told The Telegraph: “It would be fantastic to take her around the world and show her off. That would be the proper way of perpetuating my father’s achievements – to inspire people to set their own records.

“If children could see Bluebird in all her magnificence it might inspire them to become engineers, scientists, pilots and record setters and that would be wonderful.”

Ms Campbell had initially backed the museum plan, but changed her mind after seeing the restored Bluebird unveiled for the first time at Loch Fad, on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, last August.

“When I saw Bluebird running at Bute I realised she is a living, breathing thing and it would be wrong to stick her away in a museum,” she said. “I used to think she should be kept at Coniston, which of course is her spiritual home and it’s where my father is buried in the graveyard there.

“But the public will not be able to see her in very great numbers there. She needs to be shown off at events around the world.”

Ms Campbell was just 17 when she was told her father’s K7 had crashed and sunk while attempting to set a daring new speed record, receiving the news of his death at the age of 45 while working abroad at a ski resort.

The accident came as Campbell was attempting to beat his own water speed record of 276.33mph set three years earlier.

The badly damaged craft lay on the bed of Coniston Water until it was raised in 2001 by Bill Smith, an engineer who led the Bluebird Project Team’s restoration of Bluebird at his workshop in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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