Mr Whoppit

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Donald Campbell climbing in to Bluebird at Lake Eyre in 1963 with his lucky mascot Mr Whoppit.

Many of you may be aware that this week has seen the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Donald Campbell. However, for those of you who may not know, Donald Campbell CBE was a British speed record breaker who broke eight absolute world speed records on water and on land in the 1950s and 1960s. To this day, he remains the only person to set both the world land and water speed records in the same year. Unfortunately on 4th January 1967 he died trying to set a 300mph world record on water when his jet propelled vehicle, Bluebird, left the water surface, became airborne and summersaulted through the air a number of times. Despite extensive efforts by a team of Royal Navy divers, although Bluebird’s wreckage was located on 5th January 1967, on the lake bed, Campbell’s body was not located.