Bluebird and the Dead Lake: The Story of Donald Campbell’s Land Speed Record At Lake Eyre in 1964 by John Pearson lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Collins, 1965, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: Bluebird and the Dead Lake is that supreme rarity a story of heroism that is frank about its hero, and a true report of events which reads like a thrilling adventure story.
A salt lake in the dead heart of the South Australian desert, an aborigines curse, a wife who has to watch her husband risk his life day after day, the memory of a crash nobody mentions and nobody forgets, and a last chance to snatch a record after nine years of disaster: these might be the ingredients of a novel. In fact they form the background to the actual drama of Donald Campbells successful fight for the land speed record at Lake Eyre in July 1964.
The truth behind Campbells extraordinary victory is much more than the history of a record bid. It is the story of a man and his obsession, and John Pearson gives an eyewitness account of the fear, the tensions, the heart-break and the suspicions that grew behind the scenes as Campbell pursued his dream of speed on a track which seemed to spell certain death. The portrait of Campbell is candid and extraordinarily revealing. It shows a man struggling against his own weaknesses and immense hazards to achieve one of the most remarkable records of all time.
Introduction by: Richard Williams
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with loss at the spine ends and the edges. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Prize-plate to the pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned with slight damage to the top of page 37.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
188 pages. 8½” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £10.00 on my delightful website… (added to my Transport Automotive category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…