Anything Nostalgia Related.

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 #30052  by Old Boy Racer
 Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:00 am
My one remaining brain cell seems to think that the BS mockup with LEC decals was taken at an Earls Court car show. Could be wrong there but yes it would be when David Purley was the nominated driver . Here's another BB news article where Barry predicts any number of deaf and dumb breakfasts with senior mgt. Sorry about the quality.

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 #30055  by MikeH
 Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:50 pm
Good day All, Ok, time for some notes to go with the new pictures. The first as Jon states is the team, circa early 80's I would say maybe a year earlier. Barry at the front of the car, then from left to right; Peter Gazey, ex Blue Star project incidentally, Brian Sparrow, Mike Huggins, Mel Bettison, John Witney, Steve..erm can't recall the surname sorry; Steve was a very late addition to the team, and finally Denis Atken the "rocket man" himself. The next pic shows a better view of the rear face of the firewall and the pressure control for the propellant system, including the turbo pump. The pump, or part of it, can be seen in the bottom right of the picture; this is the turbine volute, the device just above the pump, tall and thin, is part of the steam generator that drove the turbine once the system was started. The spherical vessel was the used to start the turbo pump itself. I think these pictures will mean a little more when I get the history article finished. It covers in a little more depth the system as a whole. The next picture, looking into the tubo pump area gives a better view of the steam generator and it's controls. I now guess that the right hand pedal, in the cockpit, opened the flow valve to the starter, right centre of the pic, judging the route of the cable operating it. Just behind the control valve, the right suspension unit can just be seen, the vertically mounted screw thread etc.. Next pic is simalr to an earlier one, so I wont give any duplication on the control panel; what is interesting in this shot is the level of detail you can see of the rocket motor itself, middle right of the image, the rigid tube running around the back of the motor would have been used for the Kerosene injection in the missile, when the motor was run in the "hot" configuration. You can just about pick out the suspension units on both sides also. Next pic's of the control panel, showing the manifold to split the main pressure line from the Nitrogen tank. The following pics gives better detail of the turbo pump starter. The connection pointing outwards was where the HTP was filled from but only for the starter, a few ccm's; the other hemi-part of the vessel facing the firewall had Nitrogen gas to pressurise a diaphragm clamped around the bolt circle, the other bits hanging off of the vessel were pressure relief and other connections; all of this by the way from the origianl Black Knight missile. The pressure relief valve was used to regulate the rotational speed of the turbine.
 #30068  by Old Boy Racer
 Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:41 pm
Just had a mail from David Tremayne to say that the Blue Star mock-up will be auctioned at the Goodwood Revival. Good on Donington for saving it all those years ago but clearly not part of their plans now. I do hope it goes to a good home and not as a naff attraction in a bar or club somewhere.
 #30131  by BB the BB
 Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:39 pm
I have just been informed of a renewed interest in my activities. My son, Duncan, has been contacted by Mike Huggins and one of my ex team sent me the link to this forum. So, without any ado, I intend to put the record straight once and for all on all the activities. This may take a little while to set up. I hope that Mike contacts me, my son having provided him with contact details. For those who are interested, I still have quite a bit of memorabilia which, at the moment, am trying to decide what to do with.

HOWEVER, what's really important is this last post telling me that the Blue Star is going to be auctioned. Could anyone give me the contact details of Donington as Blue Star is my property and was loaned to Donington for their safe keeping as I had no storage space. I am sorry if this sounds a little jumbled but this is an off the cuff reply to try and save the mock-up.

I promise that I will slowly start to clear a lot of the misinformation and hopefully, having spoken to Mike and Peter (Gazey) will come up with something of interest and a good read. Thank you all for your loyal support and following. Will post again soon. Barry
 #30132  by stevey1
 Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:37 pm
Hi Barry
and welcome to the forum! I am sure many others that follow this forum will welcome your narrative on the cars, I for one cannot wait to read it
Steve Young
 #30134  by ukdrn
 Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:14 pm
Well welcome to the forum Mr Barry Bowles, it's great to have you on here.
I'm sure many people including myself will find what you have to say very interesting.
As you would have read there is plenty of interest in your activities back then.

The final piece of the BB jigsaw is now in place :D

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