Bluebird: The Curse of Campbell
In 1967 Donald Campbell died a dramatic and very public death – crashing his Bluebird boat at 300mph in a freezing Lake District. This iconic image profoundly shocked a nation more used to Campbell as the glamorous speed king of the ‘50s, smashing record after record on water and land.
But behind this image lies a compelling tale of even greater bravery and sacrifice...
For Campbell was a complex and vulnerable man, battling a numbing fear, the memory of his father, a tumultuous private life and increasingly struggling for relevance in the modern world.
With access to Campbell’s own unseen cine footage, and interviews with his nearest and dearest, Bluebird: The Curse Of Campbell can finally unmask the real Donald Campbell - a man who, alone in the cockpit of Bluebird and starting his final run on Coniston Water, had nowhere else to turn.