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Catalogue code: AV029
Saluting the world’s fastest man… An exciting new Commemorative Sheet pays tribute to daring Donald Campbell and celebrates the 50th anniversary of him setting both the world land and speed records in the same year.
The Sheet features ten First Class Union Flag stamps with accompanying labels showing action-packed images of the run-up to both triumphs as well as photos of his success.
One portrays Campbell setting the land record in his sleek Bluebird CN7 car at Lake Eyre in Australia on 17 July 1964 when he achieved 403.1mph. Another sees him taking the water record in the Bluebird K7 boat on 31 December at Lake Dumbleyung. Campbell shot into the history books at a supercharged 276.33mph. His thrilled wife Tonia jumped into the lake and swum out to K7 to embrace her hero.
The Sheet also features a gripping overview of Campbell’s life and career, finishing with his last fateful run in a modified K7 boat at Coniston Water on 4 January 1967 when he tried to achieve 300mph. K7 soared out of the water, flipped over and crashed, killing the speed ace instantly. Also included is a featurette on Donald’s father Sir Malcolm Campbell, who broke nine land speed records of his own. In addition there is an analysis of CN7 and K7’s technical specifications and a timeline of speeds Campbell achieved in the 1950s and 1960s.