Donald Campbell

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

7852
£295.00

Description:

A lovely original Lake Eyre 17th July 1964 embossed & printed official Bluebird Thank you Card from Donald Campbell, clearly signed in ink by Donald Campbell (dedicated to Mr G Bather).

Suitable for mounting and display.

Certification:

Includes the original mailing envelope sent from Lake Eyre on 7th August 1964. This is written in ballpoint in another (probably) secretaries hand. Donald Campbell had returned to Australia in early spring 1964, but the Lake Eyre course failed to fulfil the early promise it had shown in 1962 and there were further spells of rain. BP pulled out as his main sponsor after a dispute, but he was able to secure backing from Australian oil company Ampol. The track never really properly dried out and he was forced to make the best of the conditions. Finally, in July 1964, he was able to post some speeds that approached the record. On the 17th of that month, he took advantage of a break in the weather and made two courageous runs along the shortened and still damp track (posting a new Land Speed Record of 403.10 mph). However Campbell was bitterly disappointed with this record as the vehicle had been designed for much higher speeds. CN7 covered the final third of the measured mile at an average of 429 mph, peaking as it left the measured distance at over 440 mph. He resented the fact that it had all been so difficult. 'We've made it – we got the bastard at last,' was his reaction to the success. Campbell's 403.1 mph represented the official Land Speed Record. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

11x9cm Sized Card

Condition:

Good. View Images. We would rate as 8.5/10

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

5329
£245.00

Description:

A rare possibly unique (circa 1939) vintage promo-postcard, clearly signed in pencil "D M Campbell".

Suitable for mounting and display.

One for a very serious Campbells collector. We advise reading and understanding of the Certification section below.

Certification:

It is well-known that Donald used to sell his fathers autograph during his later years at Uppingham School . He would therefore have been very familiar with his fathers handwriting ; it can possibly be concluded that this is maybe why his own autograph and his formation of "Campbell" during his later life was very similar to his fathers. Donald as a young-man was prominent on many occasions during the decade alongside his famous father. It was he who christened K4 in 1939 , he was also on the 1939 attempt as course controller and took 16mm colour film of K4 breaking the record . Donald can be viewed many times in newsreel footage with his father (including the well-known clip when they are seen playing together with Donald’s train set). He also went to Switzerland with Malcolm and K3 and to Verneuk Pan. Donald during these early years , whilst not yet a celebrity himself , could easily have been asked or signed an autograph or two. We have researched this extensively and have sought advice from probably the worlds leading expert on The Campbells. My conclusion is that this is a very early Donald Campbell signature which he has signed using his initials D M Campbell (Donald Malcolm Campbell). AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

13x8cm Sized Postcard

Condition:

Good. View Images.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

5328
£245.00

Description:

A rare possibly unique (circa 1939) vintage promo-postcard, clearly signed in pencil "D M Campbell".

Suitable for mounting and display.

One for a very serious Campbells collector. We advise reading and understanding of The Certification section below.

Certification:

It is well-known that Donald used to sell his fathers autograph during his later years at Uppingham School . He would therefore have been very familiar with his fathers handwriting ; it can possibly be concluded that this is maybe why his own autograph and his formation of "Campbell" during his later life was very similar to his fathers. Donald as a young-man was prominent on many occasions during the decade alongside his famous father. It was he who christened K4 in 1939 , he was also on the 1939 attempt as course controller and took 16mm colour film of K4 breaking the record . Donald can be viewed many times in newsreel footage with his father (including the well-known clip when they are seen playing together with Donald’s train set). He also went to Switzerland with Malcolm and K3 and to Verneuk Pan. Donald during these early years , whilst not yet a celebrity himself , could easily have been asked or signed an autograph or two. We have researched this extensively and have sought advice from probably the worlds leading expert on The Campbells. My conclusion is that this is a very early Donald Campbell signature which he has signed using his initials D M Campbell (Donald Malcolm Campbell). AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

13x8cm Sized Postcard

Condition:

Good. View Image.

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About Donald Campbell

Donald Campbell

DONALD CAMPBELL d1967. British speed pioneer who after attending Uppingham School in Rutland carried on his father's Bluebird Dynasty along with his chief engineer (Leo Villa) following the death of Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1948. He went onto break eight world speed records (during the 1950-1960s) and became the only person ever to simultaneously hold both the water and land-speed records in 1964. He set seven water speed records in Bluebird K4 and K7 (between 1955-1964) and then achieved a new land-speed record at Lake Eyre on July 17th 1964 at 403mph. A superstitious man, Donald battled for much of his life supposedly always in the shadow of his famous father. He was tragically killed aged just 45 on January 4th 1967 whilst attempting to break kis own World Water Speed Record on Coniston Water. Bluebird K7 famously flipped and disintegrated at a speed in excess of 300mph. The accident was most likely caused by him too soon and hurriedly undertaking his return pass (in order to break the record) and hitting his own water-wake. His lucky teddy-bear mascot Mr Whoppit (which he took with him on all record attempts) was found floating on the surface soon after the accident. Mr Whoppit returned to Coniston (with his daughter Gina) and attended the funeral of Donald Campbell in 2001 after his body was recovered from the lake and finally laid to rest in the local cemetery. The wreckage of Bluebird was also recovered from the lake in 2001 and is currently undergoing a full restoration .........

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Donald Campbell

Reference number:

9000
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Description:

A lovely original typed letter that mentions the Bonneville Salt Flats (dated 28th November 1960) on his own personal headed paper, clearly signed in ink at the conclusion "With kindest regards to you both sincerely yours Donald Campbell".

 

Certification:

The letter is dated 28th November 1960. Earlier that year (in July 1960) and after some low-speed testing at Goodwood Race circuit in Sussex, Bluebird CN7 had been taken out to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah USA. 25 years earlier this had been the place of his father (Malcolm's) last Land-Speed Record triumph. Initial trials went well, but on his sixth run, Campbell lost control at over 360 mph and crashed. It was only Bluebird's tremendous structural integrity that saved his life. He was hospitalised with a fractured skull and a burst eardrum, but his machine was a write off. It took Rubery Owen UK two years to rebuild. CN7 finally went onto break the Land-Speed Record (403.10 mph) at Lake Eyre on July 17th 1964. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

25x20cm Sized Letter

Condition:

Good. View Images. Two minor folds and minor creases. No tears. Overall we would rate as 8/10.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

8999
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Description:

A lovely original Lake Eyre 17th July 1964 embossed & printed official Bluebird Thank you Card from Donald Campbell, clearly signed in ink by Donald Campbell (dedicated to Bob Worth).

 

Certification:

Donald Campbell had returned to Australia in early spring 1964, but the Lake Eyre course failed to fulfil the early promise it had shown in 1962 and there were further spells of rain. BP pulled out as his main sponsor after a dispute, but he was able to secure backing from Australian oil company Ampol. The track never really properly dried out and he was forced to make the best of the conditions. Finally, in July 1964, he was able to post some speeds that approached the record. On the 17th of that month, he took advantage of a break in the weather and made two courageous runs along the shortened and still damp track (posting a new Land Speed Record of 403.10 mph). However Campbell was bitterly disappointed with this record as the vehicle had been designed for much higher speeds. CN7 covered the final third of the measured mile at an average of 429 mph, peaking as it left the measured distance at over 440 mph. He resented the fact that it had all been so difficult. 'We've made it – we got the bastard at last,' was his reaction to the success. Campbell's 403.1 mph represented the official Land Speed Record. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

11x9cm Sized Card

Condition:

Very Good. View Image. We would rate as 9/10.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

8824
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Description:

An original circa 1960s promotional postcard, clearly signed on the front in ink "To Mays Friend with best wishes Donald Campbell".

 

Certification:

Obtained at a Bluebird promotional event by Miss S Bayliss. She did not give her name so DC wrote this after signing for her friend. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

14x9cm Sized Postcard

Condition:

Average. Some minor dings and creases. Overall we would rate as 6/10.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

6724
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Description:

An original (circa 1960s) piece of a diary page, clearly signed in ballpoint by Donald Campbell.

 

Certification:

The autograph was obtained at R J Coley & Son Hounslow Middlesex during the 1960s. Donald Campbell was a regular visitor to the premises. Includes a short typed letter detailing the history from the original seller. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

3742
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Description:

Five autograph book pages signed by around 25 journalists and reporters from BBC / Movietone and virtually every newspaper in circulation at the time. Most interestingly though signed by ; Donald Campbell / his first wife Daphne Campbell / his sister Jean Campbell / Leo Villa d1979 and his son Tim (L T Villa) / Harry Leech (Rolls Royce Engineer who survived 101 crash) / Goffy Thwaites (Coniston Boatman) / H Patton (Windermere Museum) and two official timekeepers Leslie Lumby and Philip Mayne amongst all the reporters .

One of the reporters has written Coniston 1949 beside his signature. It can therefore be summised that these pages were probably signed in July 1949 at Coniston a year after the death of Malcolm Campbell. At this time son Donald had just decided to carry on his fathers Bluebird Speed dynasty with the help and advice of his mechanic Leo Villa. The press would have assembled to witness very early testing and trials in Bluebird K4 with Donald attempting to match the heroic feats of his famous father.

 

Certification:

Two of the pages are back to back. From a 1940s autograph book belonging to Clive Cooksey of Stockport containing many BBC and Newspaper reporters of the period. IAA Auctions. UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

6168
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Description:

An original (circa 1950s) card, clearly signed in ballpoint by both Donald Campbell and his then third wife singer Tonia Bern (who he was married to from 1958 until his death in 1967).

 

Certification:

The autographs were obtained by a young S Bostock who met them at an afternoon garden fete where Donald Campbell was giving a talk on motorsport accompanied by his new wife, held at a village-hall in Horsted Keynes West Sussex in the late 1950s. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

3908
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Description:

A wonderful handwritten pass note on original Sun Hotel Coniston headed stationary dated 2nd November 1957. "Please admit the bearer Mrs N Smith to Pier and Bluebird  Donald Campbell."

Famously The Sun Hotel was where Donald stayed during all his record attempts at Coniston ; Mrs N Smith was the wellknown landlady and owner of The Britannia Inn at Langdale much frequented by The Bluebird team ! The date on the note is also important as just a few days later on November 7th 1957 Campbell broke the Water Speed Record in K7 for the 4th time raising it to 239.07mph.

 

 

 

 

Certification:

Handwritten dated 1957 letter on Sun Hotel Coniston stationary with detailed and known history as described above. UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

6120
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Description:

A cut section (around half) off an original (circa 1950s) Donald Campbell (Bluebird) promo-postcard, clearly signed and dedicated in ink ; "To Rodger with best wishes from Donald Campbell".

 

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

6583
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Description:

A very good original (circa 1960s) glossy promo-postcard showing Bluebird K7, clearly signed and dedicated in ink by Donald Campbell (adding To Joe with best wishes).

 

Certification:

IAA LTD. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

6009
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Description:

An "Into The Water Barrier" hardback book first edition (published by Odhams Press Ltd in 1955 by Alan W Mitchell) in good condition and including original dust-cover, clearly signed in ink on the inside sleeve by Donald Campbell (adding To Gillian, all best wishes sincerely ....").

 

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

3942A
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Description:

An original (circa 1960s) printed and typed Aldwych Brasserie menu card for "The Aspian Society RAF Reunion Dinner". Clearly signed by a number of guests, but most importantly in ink by Donald Campbell (who is listed to propose the toast to The Society).

 

Certification:

Includes copy of a later April 1967 tribute speech made on behalf of The Aspian Society by Squadron Leader Young-James. Donald and his father Malcolm had both been patrons of The Society. UACC RD Memorabilia UK

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

5383
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Description:

An original (circa 1960s) Bluebird Promo-Postcard, signed and dedicated in ink ; "To David Best Wishes Donald Campbell".

 

 

Certification:

IAA Ltd. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

3907
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Description:

An outstanding and extremely rare promotional postcard, clearly clearly in ink on the reverse by Donald Campbell ; Team Engineers  Leo Villa d1979 / Harry Leech (Rolls Royce Engineer who survived 101 crash) / Sid Randall / we believe Donalds sister Jean Hume and two unknowns possibly employees of Adams Brothers Transport Company.

This card was most likely signed during the very early tests of Bluebird K4 in July 1949 at Coniston just a year after the death of Malcolm Campbell. At this time the inexperienced Donald had just decided to carry on his fathers Bluebird Speed dynasty with the continued help and advice of his longterm trusty team members mechanics Leo Villa / Harry Leech and Sid Randall.

 

Certification:

Obtained in person by Pauline Lodge at Coniston circa 1949-50. Purchased direct by us from her family in 2009. UACC RD Memorabilia UK

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

2769
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Description:

A rare typed letter on his own headed paper (dated 1959) discussing wheels with his correspondent, clearly signed at the conclusion in ink by Donald Campbell.

 

Certification:

UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

2770
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Description:

A rare typed letter on his own headed paper (dated May 1959) discussing tyres and stability with his correspondent, clearly signed at the conclusion in ink by Donald Campbell.

 

Certification:

UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

6760
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Description:

An original (circa 1960s) glossy promo-postcard showing Bluebird K7, clearly signed and dedicated in ballpoint on the reverse by Donald Campbell (adding sincere thanks to Gillians Daddy).

 

 

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

2656
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Description:

A typed letter of thanks on his own personal headed paper dated 18th August 1965, clearly signed at the conclusion in ink by Donald Campbell. 

Certification:

UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

4632
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Description:

An original (circa 1949) photo-card, clearly signed in ink ; Donald Campbell (adding To Pat with every good wish) and additionally by his wife Daphne Campbell (adding with good wishes)

 

Certification:

The autographs were obtained by Pat Peake of Days Bank Coniston, a resident during the very early tests of Bluebird K4 in July / Aug 1949 on the lake, just a year after the death of Malcolm Campbell. At this time the inexperienced Donald had just decided to carry on his fathers Bluebird Speed dynasty with the continued help and advice of his longterm trusty team members mechanics Leo Villa and Harry Leech. UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

7700
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Description:

An original (circa 1960s) lined exercise book page, clearly signed in pencil by Donald Campbell.

Double mounted for fine display with photographs.

NB ; The signature below is Bluebird team member Clifford Polley who was an aerodynamic engineer with Norris Brothers.

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

15x10cm Sized Page

24x16in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed

Condition:

Good. View Images.

Donald Campbell

Reference number:

4285
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Description:

A single sided letter on his own headed paper (dated 23rd July 1965) to Squadron Leader Douglas Young-James thanking him for an invitation, clearly signed in ink "All Best Wishes Yours Donald".

 

Certification:

An original letter that authenticates itself. Squadron Leader Young James was the chair of the RAF Aspian Society of which Donald and his father Malcolm were both patrons. UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA