• Short Summary

    DONALD CAMPBELL'S CAR "BLUEBIRD" ARRIVED AT MULOORINA STATION HOMESTEAD SATURDAY EVENING (18 MAY 1963) AFTER BEING TRANSPORTED THIRTY-FIVE MILES FROM LAKE EYRE WHERE THE BRITISH DRIVER POSTPONED HIS ATTEMPT ON THE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD.

  • Description

    1.
    GV SHORE OF LAKE ABOVE THE CAUSEWAY PAN TO "BLUEBIRD" ON LOW LOADER
    4 ft

    2.
    RV "BLUEBIRD" AND TRUCK PAST
    7 ft

    3.
    CU SLIPPERY TRACK
    10 1/2 ft

    4.
    MCU TRACTOR SLIDING
    14 1/2 ft

    5.
    CU TRACTOR'S REAR WHEEL SLIDING
    16 1/2 ft

    6.
    RV TRACTOR
    21 1/2 ft

    7.
    TRACTOR GRADING PATH
    25 ft

    8.
    HEAVY TRUCK PAST
    28 ft

    9.
    LV LAND ROVER TOWING TRACTOR WITH ROLLER
    31 1/2 ft

    10.
    CAMPBELL LOOKING ON
    38 ft



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    Background: DONALD CAMPBELL'S CAR "BLUEBIRD" ARRIVED AT MULOORINA STATION HOMESTEAD SATURDAY EVENING (18 MAY 1963) AFTER BEING TRANSPORTED THIRTY-FIVE MILES FROM LAKE EYRE WHERE THE BRITISH DRIVER POSTPONED HIS ATTEMPT ON THE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD.

    FILM SHOWS BLUEBIRD ON THE LOW LOADER READY TO BEGIN THE JOURNEY TO MULOORINA, AND PROJECT MEMBERS WORKING TO MAKE A TRACK ALONG THE EDGE OF THE LAKE TO GET "BLUEBIRD" OVER THE SANDHILLS.

    THE PROJECT TEAM, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE ARMY, DECIDED TO MAKE THE DETOUR TRACK ALONG THE SHORE OF THE LAKE AFTER HEAVY RAIN FLOODED A FOUR-MILE SECTION OF THE MAIN TRACK BETWEEN THE LAKE AND MULOORINA HOMESTEAD.

    TRACTORS, GRADERS AND HEAVY TRUCKS WORKED TO FORM THE DETOUR TRACK IN SLIPPERY MUD.WITH THE WORK COMPLETED, THE CONVOY TODAY COVERED THE NEW ROAD SLOWLY BUT SUCCESSFULLY.THE LOW LOADER CARRYING "BLUEBIRD" AVERAGED ABOUT SIX MILES AN HOUR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9OI9I7J6D9SDQZIJ5HFYATLAB
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OI9I7J6D9SDQZIJ5HFYATLAB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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