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#151 David McKinney

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 19:55

You're right, I did

The early cars were certainly Blue Bird, but I thought they gradually morphed into Bluebird. Sloppy non-specialist journalism, perhaps?

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#152 Tim Murray

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 20:06

In the earlier thread Steve H is adamant that Malcolm C only ever used the name Blue Bird. It was Donald who first officially used Bluebird.

#153 ensign14

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 06:21

Oopsie, gimme a mo on that other thread...



#154 f1steveuk

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 17:04

I'm still adamant!!



#155 Cargo

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:13

Very interesting article on Today's Sky News about Campbell's Bluebird

 

 

http://news.sky.com/...-fired-up-again

 

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Edited by Cargo, 29 January 2014 - 11:14.


#156 f1steveuk

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:06

There was an article in a UK paper yesterday that featured a picture of Donald's Proteus powered Bluebird CN7, that then went on to tell me that Sir Malcolm's first ever Blue Bird was going to be started again. A fine illustration of bad journalism!! Confused cars of different eras and drivers, ignored all the Blue Birds that came before the 350HP Sunbeam, and made the usual mistake of claiming it was powered by a Manitou aero' engine (it was a one off special), but on the other hand, they drew attention to the event, shame they can't be bothered to research things!! So wish I could be there :(



#157 Vitesse2

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 13:58

Very interesting article on Today's Sky News about Campbell's Bluebird

 

 

http://news.sky.com/...-fired-up-again

 

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I'm sure the inhabitants of Brockenhurst would be surprised to find that the NMM has apparently moved seven miles.west. Or - alternatively - that their village has been transported seven miles to the east.  ;)



#158 ensign14

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 20:48

That's climate change for you.



#159 D-Type

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 21:18

Hmmmm.

 

Who did 407.518 mph in 1956?

 

Cobb was 1947 and Mickey Thompson 1960-61



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#160 kartman24

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 19:09

Can anyone provide a link to a video with sound of the car being started?.......Martin



#161 Vitesse2

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 21:12



#162 D-Type

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 22:11

Hmmmm.

 

Who did 407.518 mph in 1956?

 

Cobb was 1947 and Mickey Thompson 1960-61

To answer my own question: Craig Breedlove did 407.518 mph in Spirit of America, but it was in 1963!  Poor research by the Sky News writer (I won't dignify someone that incompetent by calling him a journalist)


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#163 Vitesse2

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 23:12

Very poor research, considering that Breedlove's mark was rejected by the FIA on two counts: Spirit of America only had three wheels and - more importantly - was jet-powered, so did not comply with the regulation which said that cars had to be driven through the wheels. There were projects for jet cars as early as 1946, but the FIA rules - written in mid-1946 - excluded them (and propellor-driven vehicles, come to that!), so none were built.

 

Breedlove's figure was only recognised by the FIM. Which I suppose means Spirit of America was a jet tricycle ... :stoned:



#164 Allan Lupton

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 23:39

To answer my own question: Craig Breedlove did 407.518 mph in Spirit of America, but it was in 1963!  Poor research by the Sky News writer (I won't dignify someone that incompetent by calling him a journalist)

There's a lot of poorly researched LSR "data" on the internet which I expect is where they do all their "research" nowadays.

One site tells us the Mephistopheles had a V-12 motor and that Campbell's 1932 car was a "Napier-Railton Bluebird" with a Rolls-Royce V-12 motor