Celebrating Coniston’s high-speed legacy

Posted by Jonathan Broom on 10 October 2018
Related property: Merlewood
Celebrating Coniston’s high-speed legacy

Merlewood is part of the Holiday Property Bond portfolio offering exclusive access to over 1,400 properties to its 42,000 investors across more than 30 locations. You can find out more about Merlewood here, but first some important information about the Holiday Property Bond. It is designed to provide holidays for life but it is an investment product so subject to charges, your capital is at risk and you may not be able to cash in during the first two years. For further details please read "How HPB Works"

Coniston Water in the southern Lake District, little more than 20 miles away from Merlewood, is arguably the prettiest of all the lakes in the UK’s most visited National Park, and boasts numerous claims to fame – particularly linked to the arts. John Ruskin found the place agreeable enough to set up home there: Brantwood house, where the Victorian artist and philosopher lived from 1872 until his death in 1900. Author Arthur Ransome, meanwhile, set his Swallows & Amazons books in a fictional location derived largely from Coniston Water and nearby Windermere.

But the lake found fame of a different kind in the second half of the 20th Century – and the cause of that fame (above) is set to make a welcome return, as early as next summer.

Whether or not he had a point to prove is one for the psychologists to speculate on; but Donald Campbell sure packed a lot into his 45 years.

Campbell’s illustrious father Malcolm (later Sir Malcolm) set a high benchmark, posting no less than 13 world speed records on land and water in a series of specially-designed cars and boats he called ‘Blue Bird’. He set his final world record on 19th August 1939 – almost 142mph, on water, in the Blue Bird K4. The place: Coniston Water. (You can read previous blogs about Coniston by clicking here and here.)

From this: one of Sir Malcolm Campbell's record-setting Blue Bird boats...

Sir Malcolm Campbell died on New Year’s Eve 1948 after a series of strokes.

Shortly after which, the then-28-year-old Donald took up the cudgels.

From July 1940 onwards, initially using his father’s old boat, Campbell learned how to be a record-breaker. His early attempts to beat Sir Malcolm’s record were unsuccessful; indeed Campbell and his team saw the record slip ever further away thanks to competition from American daredevils. It seemed that whatever the engineers did to the (now one-word) Bluebird K4, they were always playing catch-up.

What was needed was a new boat – a radical redesign. And what Campbell and the boffins came up with was a genuine world-beater: the all-metal, jet-powered Bluebird K7 hydroplane.

To this: the revolutionary, restored Bluebird K7, undergoing tests on Scotland's Loch Fad

Starting in July 1955 and continuing for almost a decade, Campbell set seven world water-speed records in K7, topping out at just over 276mph on 31st December 1964. The boat (and Donald’s derring-do) proved a crowd-puller; K7 was displayed extensively in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe and Australia – as well as annually on Coniston Water, posting ever-higher speed records.

Though it proved short-lived, Campbell enjoyed success on land, too; a hard-won land-speed record of just over 403mph, set in Bluebird CN7 on 17th July 1964. In achieving his seventh water-speed record on the last day of 1964, he became the first, and so far only, person to set both land and water-speed records in the same year.

But Campbell’s quest for further land-speed records led to his doom. The adventurer wanted nothing less than to more than double the land-speed record; and to do so needed a supersonic rocket car. To drum up publicity for this venture, in spring of 1966 he decided to try to set one more water-speed record. The auguries were not good; the mission was dogged by problems – engine failures, bad weather and so on – but the attempt went ahead on 4th January 1967. K7 broke up on her second run, and Campbell was killed.

The boat, and Campbell’s body, were recovered from the lake some 17 years ago. Campbell was laid to rest at Coniston Cemetery. K7, meanwhile, has undergone a complete restoration and, following ‘sea-trials’ on Loch Fad on Scotland’s Isle of Bute, is to return to Coniston Water in July 2019, where she will once more be put through her paces. Perhaps not at the speeds Donald achieved all those years ago – but nonetheless, it promises to be a fantastic and memorable homecoming, and a real crowd-puller. An historic and thrilling occasion, in every way.

And holidaymakers at Merlewood next July will have it on their doorstep.

Coniston Water is 21 miles north of Merlewood via the B5721, the A590, the A5092, the A5084 and the A593. Coniston is also just 28 miles south of the Braithwaite Court holiday site.

 

Share this post:
Jonathan Broom

Jonathan Broom

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Close

We're so confident you'll be delighted with HPB
that we offer you a 'Money Back Promise'!

In regular surveys, Bondholders tell us how happy they are with HPB holidays. That's why we feel confident in giving you the extra reassurance of our unprecedented 'Money Back Promise':

If you take your first HPB holiday within three years of investing and are not, for any reason, entirely happy, you can apply to cash in your HPB investment within 14 days of your return. Whatever the encashment value, the parent company of the issuer of HPB will make up any difference so that you get back the full amount of your original payment, including charges.

This offer applies to a holiday at any HPB owned property which is taken by at least one of the Bondholders themselves.

Full details of the offer will be provided before you invest.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Visit an Open Day or Exhibition

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, along with our full length DVD introduced by Bondholder Sue Barker and a list of forthcoming Open Days and Exhibitions. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder.

Please complete and submit the form or,
alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers.

SUBMIT SUBMIT
* Indicates required fields
HPB has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 13002 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or meet you at a convenient time and place for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Telephone number *  
Post code
iBy giving us your post code we can find a representative near you.
How did you hear about us?
Your message

One of our representatives will contact you using the information above.

SUBMIT SUBMIT
* Indicates required fields

See our stunning holiday
properties for yourself

Attending an Open Day at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see what HPB has to offer. Just turn up and stay as long as you wish – there is no need to make an appointment. The representatives will introduce themselves and answer your questions. You will also be invited to inspect the site and see HPB’s high standards for yourself.

Alternatively, you are welcome to attend one of our Exhibitions at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and watch our complete DVD 'travelogue' of HPB locations.

VISIT AN OPEN DAY OR EXHIBITION

This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited ("HPBM") registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPBM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, issued by HPB Assurance Limited ("HPBA") registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Limited registered at HSBC House, Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1GT. The Securities Manager is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LR.

Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies. No medical examination required. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM who will only charge for their services if you invest. HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA.

AS FEATURED IN The Telegraph BBC Daily Mail The Sunday Times