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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:58 am 
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mk1 wrote:
. The fact is it was an ill conceived, badly constructed & pretty stupid vanity project, that was never going to work. It.


it actually sounds like one of my projects! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:03 am 
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:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:10 am 
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One thing I now don't like about the Bluebird Project it seems to have become a very secret private club (Unless I'm missing something) No web updates, nothing on their forum, nothing on Facebook. Yet the major assembly of the boat is taking place at great speed.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:16 am 
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There is a pic of the day update every day along with a bit of blurb, fairly regular Youtube updates, the forum although not exactly active is regularly monitored & any questions asked are answered quickly. The one question that they have never answered is "When will it be finished" & that's been answered now.

OK, The Diary page fell by the wayside a long time ago, but TBH that turned into a platform for Bill Smith to spout his silly Daily Mail views on life the universe & everything, not having to read about "Political correctness gone mad" is a positive benefit :)

Compared to most WSR type projects I think they have been very open & up front about progress & / or lack thereof over the last 10 years or so. It has of course been in their interest as it has all been done by volunteers & public donation, they never received any Heritage Lottery or similar official funding of any sort.

That's a pretty impressive achievement by any standards.

Blurbird Project on Youtube - 27 Updates so far - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOw25M ... m_g53vCbiQ

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:37 am 
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Not sure if you all saw this video report on sky yesterday afternoon......


Watch 8-)



https://news.sky.com/video/bluebird-set ... r-11262751


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:57 pm 
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They had set a date back in 2014 I seem to remember, and the plan was to run on Coniston, but various thing had still not been completed and the date came and went. They also had an argument with the powers that be at Coniston about the maximum speed at which they could run and I guess that that is the reason that the K7 will now run on Bute.
I hope it does happen this time and the project comes to a satisfactory end.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:09 am 
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The plan has always been to run on Coniston water, the final details are to be sorted but there are already exemptions in the relevant bye laws to allow it to run. The council & Lake District Steering Group have however been dragging their feet on this.

The runs in Scotland are simply training runs to allow the team to learn how the boat works & put procedures in place for it's safe running. Once this has all been sorted I am sure that K7 will return to Coniston water & will run there, before taking up full time residence at the Ruskin Museum on Yewdale Road.

This however is firmly in the hands of the various local councillors & bodies with the final say. If they don't clear the way for K7 to run on Coniston again then it will go down as one of the greatest own goals in history!

I have been following the project since before the boat was recovered & I had never heard of any plans to run in 2014.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:39 am 
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Over the past year and a bit, I've been going through some of our Moke Club's Archives.

I found a scrap book with a few News Paper Clippings from the period when Sir Donald was in Aust to do his runs on Lake Eyre. I'll find time somewhere to scan and post these up.

However, just this afternoon, I found this one;-

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:51 am 
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Thanks Spider, Lake Eyre looks even wetter than it was when DC was there in 64 :lol:

I look forward to reading the archives in the future.

For anyone who is interested in such things, this is a great film about the "fraught" time DC had breaking the land speed record.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cruT46lzPr8

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:34 am 
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Here you go Mark, a couple of small items that I was able to lay my hand on this afternoon.

This first one is in Reference to the joint British / Australian Missile Range at Woomera (which is right next to Lake Eyre) and the Bluestreak Rocket that was being tested there at the time;-

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This next one, though a few years down the track was in reference to when BMC carried out testing of the Big Wheel Moke at Moolooloo Station, where Sir Donald also based himself when carrying out is Land speed attempts on Lake Eyre. Moolooloo isn't too far from the Woomera Test Range (in fact, I think they overlap), hence the Rocket in this next one;-

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