BBC TWO – Sun 7 Apr 2013 – Using rare archive and first hand testimony from those who knew him intimately, this film explores the life of Donald Campbell, one of Britain’s most compelling but doomed heroes.
FEATURE GUEST – GINA CAMPBELL
Daughter of land and water speed record breaker Don Campbell who talks about growing up in the shadow of her famous daredevil father, and of emulating his career.
As part of the Scarborough Literature Festival Gina Campbell will be talking about her book, Daughter of Bluebird, at 10am on Friday 12th April 2013 in the Scarborough Library Concert Hall.
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Join Gina Campbell and Jack Straw for lunch on 13th December!
Gina is speaking at The Yorkshire Post Literary Lunch in Harrogate on 13th December in the company of Jack Straw MP. The former Home and Foreign Secretary has also launched an autobiography: Last Man Standing: Memoirs of a Political Survivor.
The Luncheon will be held on 13th December from 12 – 3.3-pm at The Cairn Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 2JD.
Libby Purves invites Gina on to her BBC Midweek Show today to discuss her new book Daughter of Bluebird and, as it’s Halloween the conversation naturally turns to ghosts… Gina admits to being a pragmatist where ghosts are concerned, but reveals to Libby that her father was a great believer in spiritualism and that her step mother was once pulled out of a dreadful skid in her car by the hands of her father taking the wheel to pull the car to safety.
She tells Libby that, during the 34-year wait to find her father, the broadcaster Melvyn Bragg persuaded her (against her better judgement) to get into a boat on Coniston Water for the first time since Donald’s fatal crash. Each time that Gina stepped onto the boat, a tempest descended suddenly over the calm of the lake. After three attempts to sail, Melvyn finally turned to Gina to admit: “It appears that we’re not wanted here!”
She confesses that Donald saw himself as invincible and never believed that he would end his days in Bluebird and also talks to Libby about her emotionless relationship with an unloving mother.
Fellow guests on the show this Halloween are: journalist and writer Roger Clarke, author of A Natural History of Ghosts: 500 Years of Hunting for Proof ; Rod Davis, one of the original members of the Quarrymen, a skiffle group formed by John Lennon; and playwright Jonathan Lewis, who swapped military training at Sandhurst for the theatre. Jonathan’s play Our Boys, based on his time spent in a military hospital, is playing at London’s Duchess Theatre.
You can listen to the whole show again on line at Radio 4
Ilkley Literature Festival is the leading literary event in the north of England. As part of the Festival, on Wednesday 3 October and Thursday 4 October, Gina Campbell will be talking about her new book, Daughter of Bluebird, in the delightful setting of Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Ilkley. Both events start at 7.30pm. Following a delicious Bettys’ two-course Yorkshire supper, sit back as Gina Campbell, daughter of the legendary speed record holder, Donald Campbell, talks about living with the Bluebird legacy. A women’s water speed record holder in her own right, Gina was just a child when her father was killed while attempting to break the water speed record at Lake Coniston in 1967. She has been a key mover in the project to restore Bluebird K7. Includes a two-course set meal, followed by tea or coffee. Tickets cost £30 are available only from Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Ilkley 01943 608029. After the event, Gina will be signing copies of the book. For those unable to attend the Ilkley event, signed copies, including a bookplate to enable you to dedicate the book to someone special if you wish, may be purchased from the publisher Great Northern Books, click here to order a signed and dedicated copy.
Gina Campbell’s autobiography, Daughter of Bluebird, will be published in early October 2012. Click here for more information and to order a dedicated and signed copy.
Actor Robert Hardy is confirmed as a Guest at next week’s Bluebird Centenary Celebration (1912-2012) at The Haymarket Theatre Royal.
Come and celebrate 100 years of the Bluebird legend with this FREE EVENT on 12th June 2012 along The Haymarket, London
8.00am-10.30pm: Bluebird vehicle exhibition
2.00pm: I’m giving a talk with my cousin Don Wales
Robert Hardy played my grandfather in the BBC play ‘Speed King’ in 1979, a drama covering the events leading up to Sir Malcolm Campell’s successful setting of the world land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats on 3 September 1935.
An exciting centenary parade of Campbell Bluebird boats and cars is planned along The Haymarket in central London from 8 – 10.30am on 12th June, organised in association with The Theatre Royal Haymarket.
The date marks one hundred years since grandfather decided to name the car in which he raced at competition “Blue Bird.” (At that time he was spelling it as two separate words.)
He christened his car Blue Bird, painting it blue, after he and grandmother went to see the play The Blue Bird by the Belgian playwright, Count Maurice Maeterlinck, at the Haymarket Theatre in London.
He was so inspired by the play’s theme that, on the way home from the theatre, he woke the local ironmonger and bought all the blue paint in the shop. In the small hours of the morning, he painted his racing car, naming her “Blue Bird”. With the paint still wet, he drove down to “Brooklands” race circuit in Surrey, England and won his very first race!
The parade on June 12th is expected to attract crowds along The Haymarket (passing the theatre of course) to welcome a line of Bluebirds which are coming to London specially for the event. These will include the Bluebird from Beaulieu and my own beloved Bluebird power boat. (You will note that grandfather changed the name Blue Bird from the original two word spelling to the one word Bluebird recognised across the world today.)
My cousin Don Wales and I will be speaking at The Haymarket Theatre at 2pm. To book tickets and find out more, use this link to The Haymarket Theatre
The following Bluebird vehicles will be on display in front of the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 12th June 2012*:
- Lorraine Dietrich Vieux Charles III (1912)
This is believed to be Sir Malcolm Campbell’s original ‘Blue Bird’. It is housed at Brooklands’ Race Circuit where Grandfather won his first race 100 years ago.
- Sunbeam 350 HP (1924)
Grandfather achieved his first Land Speed World Record in this car in 1924 on Pendine Sands, South Wales.
- Bluebird K3 (1937)
Grandfather then achieved his first Water Speed World Record of 126.33mph in this boat on Lake Maggoire, Switzerland in 1937.
- Agfa Bluebird (1984)
My Bluebird boat means a lot to me; I won the National and The European Championships in her, as well as the 1984 UK Offshore Boating Association Championship. She still looks as fine today as she did in her Agfa livery, so it will be great to see her joining in the parade!
- Bluebird Electric (2000)
My cousin, Don Wales, broke the UK Electric Land Speed Record in this vehicle during the millennium year. The car reached speeds of 137mph on Pendine Sands, where grandfather had become a record breaker in 1924.
- Bluebird GTL Formula E (2012)
100 years after Sir Malcolm’s first win in ‘Blue Bird’, the Bluebird team unveil their latest vehicle. The Bluebird legend continues…
*Please note all vehicles are all subject to confirmation