Donald Campbell's chief mechanic, Leo Villa, inspected Lake Dumbleyung in a speedboat today and pronounced its size more than adequate for an attempt on the world's water speed record.
Tracking shot Dumbleyung.
Bluebird arriving on truck.
M/S Constable McCormack - in police yard.
Police Station sign.
SV Kids round Bluebird.
Kids beside Bluebird.
CU Number on Bluebird.
CU Tail of Bluebird.
Divers in Lake Dumbleyung.
WS Group on beach at end of launching ramp.
3 shot Leo Villa Brian Coddy and Diver.
Speedboat launched (2 shots).
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Background: Donald Campbell's chief mechanic, Leo Villa, inspected Lake Dumbleyung in a speedboat today and pronounced its size more than adequate for an attempt on the world's water speed record. Early this morning, divers were clearing stumps at the side of the Lake, where the "Bluebird" will enter the water.
This was the first time Leo Villa had seen the Lake. He set out for a closer look in a speedboat launched down the special ramp built for the Bluebird. As he aped along the course the Bluebird will take, Mr. Villa said he was perturbed at the choppiness of the water. He said projecting tree stumps near the centre of the Lake and all other obstacles would have to be removed. Mr. Villa said the lake, whipped by a strong north-easterly wind, was as rough as tidal water. It would have to be completely calm for any high-speed run.
Mr. Jim Murdoch, a local farmer with an extensive knowledge of the lake, went along to point out its features. Donald Campbell is expected to reach Dumbleyung tomorrow or Saturday. Meanwhile, the Bluebird hydroplane has been placed under guard at the Dumbleyung Police Station, and is the main attraction for townspeople and visitors.