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  • Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

    http://www.bangshift.com/blog/Vintag...-Bluebird.html

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    Re: Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

    If I had any interest in LSR, this would be fascinating (I do - it is). Where's the car now? I should know that but can't pull it up. I assume it either crashed or is in a British museum somewhere. I know I could Google it but I wonder if any of you Junkies are carrying this tidbit around in your noggin.

    Dan

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    • #3
      Re: Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

      As brutal as that car was (is?), it has its own kind of beauty. I cannot even imagine being at the helm of that beast at speed.

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        Re: Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

        That thing is truly magnificent in its excess.....Staggering.

        Seth
        200 mph or bust.......

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        • #5
          Re: Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

          Weight 4.75 tons, btw... During the thirties, aircraft development in Briton was a national pride...surely the Blue Bird series borrowed heavily. 300mph is unimaginable for the time.
          ...

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          • #6
            Re: Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

            The 60's car was driven by his son... Donald Campbell... still with the family name Bluebird... then of course his Grandson drove another Bluebird electric car on the Pendine Sands a few years back....

            Donald's sister's son's name is Donald Wales... He and I have become freinds over the years and he's driven the Camaro at Maxton to the tune of 175mph...

            We've talked at length about him coming to Bonneville... but it's all just what it is these days...

            K

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            • #7
              Re: Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

              Sir Malcolm Campbell "on the beach".

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg5w71Wsgv0

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              • #8
                Re: Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

                I found out some more information for those interested.
                There is a replica in the Campbell gallery at the Lakeland Motor Museum, England.


                Country of Manufacture: Great Britain
                Engine
                Manufacturer: Rolls-Royce ?R? Schneider Trophy aircraft type
                Cylinders: V12
                Bore: 152.4mm
                Stroke: 167.64mm
                Cubic Capacity: 36,582cc
                Compression ratio: 6:1
                Valves:
                Carburettor: Rolls-Royce
                Max. Power: 2,300-2,500 bhp at 3,200rpm Single centrifugal supercharger
                Engine Mounting:
                Transmission
                Clutch: multidisc
                Gearbox: 3speed gearbox, indirect drive
                Ratios: 1.19 to 1 in top
                Back axle:
                Type of drive: duplicated
                Chassis: John Thompson Motor Pressings
                Suspension: Woodhead
                Shock Absorbers: Andre
                Steering Gear: Marles - dual
                Brakes: Alford and Alder with Cayton Dewandre vacuum servo
                Wheels: steel disc; twin rear wheels
                Tyres: Dunlop 35 x 6in; front pressure 125lb rear pressure 110lb; tread 1/32in
                Dimensions
                Wheelbase: 13ft 8ins but shorter by 1 1/2in on one side than the other due to layout of duplicated final drive
                Track front: 5ft 3in
                Track rear: 5ft
                Length: 28ft 3in
                Weight: 5 tons
                Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 gallons
                Radiator: Serck honeycomb
                Bodywork
                Manufacturer: Gurney Nutting and Co. Ltd
                Material: aluminium

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                • #9
                  Re: Vintage Race Car of the Week: Sir Malcom Campbell's 1935 Bluebird

                  Ya' know, it seems to me that it's only a matter of time til the dudes over at Blastolene, Michael Leeds, et al, produce their own version of an LSR in the same vein as the Bluebird.

                  http://blastolene.com/index.html

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