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Bluebird CN7 deploying parachute at Lake Eyre, World Land Speed Record attempt, 1964

Bluebird CN7 deploying parachute at Lake Eyre, World Land Speed Record attempt, 1964


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Bluebird CN7 deploying parachute at Lake Eyre, World Land Speed Record attempt, 1964

Bluebird CN7 deploying parachute at Lake Eyre, World Land Speed Record attempt, Australia, 1964

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This print captures a historic moment in the world of land speed records. The image showcases the iconic Bluebird CN7, a British engineering marvel, as it deploys its parachute during a record-breaking attempt at Lake Eyre in Australia in 1964. The vibrant colors and stunning landscape of the Australian desert provide a dramatic backdrop for this significant event. Donald Campbell, the fearless driver behind the wheel of Bluebird CN7, can be seen skillfully maneuvering his vehicle on the vast salt flats. As Bluebird CN7 hurtles through time and space, reaching unimaginable speeds, this photograph freezes a crucial instant when everything slows down. The deployment of the parachute symbolizes both safety and triumph as Campbell expertly brings his powerful machine to a controlled stop. Preserved within this image is not only an incredible feat of engineering but also an indomitable spirit that pushes boundaries and seeks new horizons. It represents humanity's perpetual quest for speed and progress. Now housed within the National Motor Museum, this photograph serves as a testament to human ingenuity and determination. Its unknown photographer has captured an unforgettable moment that continues to inspire awe and admiration even decades later. In gazing upon this remarkable print, we are transported back to that fateful day in 1964 when history was made on Lake Eyre's salt flats – forever etching Donald Campbell's name into the annals of record-breaking achievements.

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