Bluebird To Return To The Track

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The Bluebird name will return to the racetrack 100 years after Sir Malcolm Campbell first raced in a Bluebird car.

Don Wales, Sir Malcolm’s grandson, will lead the charge that will see a new electric racing design take to Rockingham for the Bluebird Charity Trophy. Following from Bluebird’s father/son heritage, with Donald Campbell going on to break land and speed records like his father before him, the Charity Trophy will be for fathers and sons.

The unique format of having fathers and sons racing together was devised by Rockingham, who had the idea to use the event as a fundraiser for deserving charities. Partnering with Bluebird, the event will form part of the British Touring Car Championship meeting at the circuit on the 6-7th September.

“Electric car technology is central to everything we are doing at Bluebird and this is another opportunity to demonstrate our engineering and motorsports development,” said Wales, who has been the driver and Team Principle of the electric Bluebird since its inception in the ’90s. “Creating the Bluebird Trophy for fathers and sons is a great way of showcasing our advancements whilst raising funds for good causes.”

“We are delighted to see our idea become a reality in the Bluebird Charity Trophy for Father/Sons and look forward to making significant sums for some very deserving charities,” added Chief Executive of Rockingham, Peter Hardman. “Moreover, to mark the race with the return of Bluebird to the track in what will be the first electric car race in the UK just makes it even more special for Rockingham”.

Six celebrity pairings will compete against 24 Pro-Am Father/Son teams, with further details expected to be announced at an official launch event at Rockingham in the spring.

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