Bluebird K3 successful 2 days with CMBA support

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Bluebird K3 successful 2 days with CMBA support

Postby Alacrity » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:36 am

As many of you may have seen on TV Sir Malcolm Campbell's first ever Bluebird boat - K3, was successfully run over the last 2 days at Bewl Water in Kent, the first trouble free (virtually) running since the post restoration trials began some 5 or 6 years ago.

The CMBA have been closely involved with the latter stages of the rebuild with 2 members designing & helping build the cooling system. All 4 trials (up to this week) have been run on the water under CMBA guidance/control. Other than the first test we have been granted permission to use our own boats as the boats provided initially were woefully slow & couldn't keep up with K3, raising safety concerns.

This Monday/Tuesday we had 4 members (3 on Tuesday) present with 2 boats, a Donzi sweet 16 & a Boesch 210 special & once again we were in control of the on water activities/safety. Other than an issue with the rudder which will need addressing (& didn't effect the running of K3) the 2 days were trouble free.

A few links here:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-4922386/In-pictures-Restored-Bluebird-water-80-years.html

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2017-09-26/bluebird-is-back-on-the-water-drawing-crowds-again/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/26/sir-malcolm-campbells-bluebird-put-though-paces-first-time-80/
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Re: Bluebird K3 successful 2 days with CMBA support

Postby Bronteboxer » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:41 pm

An absolutely amazing achievement and the Club team who have been involved in this should be justifiably proud of what they have done here. Really well done and congratulations. It was wonderful to watch that short video clip...engine sound could have been louder! Don't we all love the loud close up roar of a great engine!
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