The story behind Bluebird CN7

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 12, 2011

Donald Stevens, Design Team Member and Project Coordinator for the Bluebird CN7 -- the land speed record breaker -- will be the guest speaker on December 3, 2011, at an event hosted by the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Stevens was Norris Brothers Ltd.'s first employee, and had worked on many of their innovative engineering solutions. After serving as a trainee pilot in the RAF, he rejoined the company to work with the two chief designers on the concept of the Campbell-Norris 7 (Bluebird CN7).

He became project coordinator for the construction later on. Stevens has delivered many lectures on Bluebird CN7's design to engineering institutions nationwide.

His speech at the National Motor Museum will cover how the basic design was developed, the method of construction, the wind tunnel testing, the runs and crash at Bonneville, as well as the real potential of the CN7. The event will begin at 8.00pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum Collections Centre. A pay bar is available for those who want to purchase drinks. Prior to this event, the Museum will be open at 6.30pm for a private view.

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