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    Following five years of design and building, the new 'Bluebird' car, with which Donald Campbell-holder of the world water speed record will make an attempt on the world land speed record in September this year, has now been completed and was given preliminary tests at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, Sussex, July 18.

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    Following five years of design and building, the new 'Bluebird' car, with which Donald Campbell-holder of the world water speed record will make an attempt on the world land speed record in September this year, has now been completed and was given preliminary tests at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, Sussex, July 18.

    During preliminary tests- lasting until July 22nd - 'Bluebird' will be driven at speeds up to 80 m.p.h. One of the main purposes of the tests is to devise and practise pit procedure for fuelling and tyre changing, etc., which will be used on Bonneville Salt Flats. Utah, USA, where the record attempt is to be made. Leo Villa, who for 40 years has been chief engineer first to Sir Malcolm Campbell and now to his son Donald, and who has supervised construction of the new 'Bluebird', will be in charge of the pit crew.

    One item of interest to be checked during the trials is the accelerometer, which will be reflected onto the armoured glass windscreen in such a way that the figures will appear to be projected onto the track surface 100 yards in front of the car. In this way, Campbell will be able to read his speed without taking his eyes off the track. This is the first time that such an instrument has ever been used on a land vehicle.

    Hoping for speeds in excess of 400 m.p.h. 'Bluebird' is powered by a Bristol Siddeley 'Proteus' gas-turbine engine, similar to power units installed in the 'Britannia Airliner and the Royal Navy's 'Brave' class Patrol Boats, fastest warships in the world.

    In an interview alongside the 30-feet long aluminium alloy 'Bluebird' Donald Campbell was asked; "You are very keen on the fact that this is a team enterprise, are you not?". To which he replied; "Well that has ben what I think the most thrilling part of the whole enterprise. It has taken us five years..those tyres have taken five years to develop, the brakes have taken nearly as long , and there have been seventy leading British companies involved with the development and manufacture, and I wouldn't like to take a guess how many hundreds of skilled engineers and craftsmen. It has been a source of great satisfaction.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5IIC04RR8V433D9Y6B6E4BS23
    Media URN:
    VLVA5IIC04RR8V433D9Y6B6E4BS23
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
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    N/A

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