Detailing the modifications and re-engineering of his iconic jet boat boat, Bluebird K7, in which he had set 7 previous water speed records, the story describes the preparations and trials at Coniston in the Lake District in the winter of 1966. Endless mechanical setbacks and foul weather, the financial and emotional pressure Campbell was under, the high speed runs on Christmas Day and the final attempt that ended in tragedy when ultimate success seemed to be only seconds away.
It illustrates the story of the last 7 months in the life of Britain's last true speed king – a superstitious, complex and above all, supremely brave individual who was driven by the desire to keep Britain at the top of engineering endeavour and to prove himself worthy of the mantle of his illustrious record breaking father.
To Donald Campbell, life was a series of mountains to be tackled.
He saw 300mph on water as the latest mountain summit he was attempting to climb... just like the previous summits - his record successes in the 50's and 60's.
He was stepping onto the summit when he lost his life...
Image © E Whitham
Donald Campbell The Final Speed Record Attempt