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Test run of Blue Bird K3

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s world water speed record-breaking hydroplane Bluebird K3 takes to the water once more with a test run day at Bewl Water on Tuesday 26th September.

Bluebird K3 was commissioned in 1937 to rival the Americans’ efforts in the fight for the world water speed record.

She set three world water speed records, two in two days on Lake Maggiore in September 1937, then raising the bar to 130.91mph at Lake Hallwyl in Switzerland in August 1938.

Part of the Foulkes Halbard Collection housed at Filching Manor Motor Museum near Eastbourne, Bluebird K3 has undergone an extensive restoration ahead of her Bewl Water test run on September 26.

The restoration team, headed by Karl Foulkes Halbard, plan to make some runs from 11am departing from the pontoon at the Bewl Water’s Boat House Bistro.

Bluebird K3 may be seen from the shore moored on the pontoon between test runs or you can view from the water via Bewl Water's passenger boat, The Bewl Belle, which will offer the opportunity to see Bluebird passing.  Tickets for The Bewl Belle are charged at £6 per head.

A range of snacks, meals and drinks will be available throughout the day. 

If you are travelling and staying in the area for this fantastic event make sure you book your accommodation directly with our sister companies One Warwick Park Hotel or Salomons Estate for the best available rates. 

Stay from as little as £80.00 per night including breakfast. 

Please note all activity and timings are subject to weather and mechanical considerations.

Spectators planning to visit specifically to view the test runs are advised to check this page for updates before setting out on their journey.