Campbell Bluebird

  • December 19, 2011

Website for dynasty of record breakers

It doesn’t get much more exciting than launching a website for a national champion. Gina Campbell, daughter of Donald Campbell and grand-daughter of speed legend Sir Malcolm Campbell is a world water speed record holder in her own right and holder of The Queen’s Service Order (QSO).

With a vast photo library of rare Bluebird car and boat images, many from Sir Malcolm Campbell’s personal photo collection, creating a website for Gina combined the role of archivist, hsitorian and web editor! After weeks of sorting through leather-bound albums, loose black and white stills and 35mm scans, over 150 images were scanned ready for digitally removing the dust, burns and tears of some 60 years’ of storage.

Rare Campbell Bluebird Memorabilia

With a lot of cross-referencing with Campbell Bluebird experts, the initial 30 pages of web content about Land Speed Records, Water Speed Records, the Campbell Speed Kings and numerous record attempts, were shaped and realigned. New photos were taken of the some remarkable Campbell memorabilia – from Sir Malcolm Campbell’s driving goggles to Donald Campbell’s passport – and were added to the photo gallery to create an interesting on-line resource for Campbell Blue Bird fans.

What an emotional task this has been; hearing Gina talk about her beloved father, whose fatal crash at Coniston Water came when she was just seventeen years old. Gina’s life has been one of high drama; forced to relive the grief of 1967 when Donald Campbell’s boat was found and lifted from the bottom of the Cumbrian Lake in 2001. She gave her father’s boat to The Ruskin Museum in Coniston, so that the restored Bluebird K7 may eventually go on display as an enduring reminder of Donald Campbell’s courage and heroism.

Donald’s Bluebird K7 to return

Gina’s website will record the moments when K7 returns to The Lake District, championing the efforts of the Bluebird Restoration Project along the way. With media interest already high and with a follow-up planned by Sky TV of its excellent documentary about Donald Campbell’s fatal last record attempt, the website will act as an information conduit for the world’s press.

Buckingham Palace Launch

When a Royal Invitation arrived, inviting Gina to attend a reception for British Adventurers on 8th December 2011, it seemed fitting to launch in the same month.