100 years after Sir Malcolm Campbell first took to the track in a Bluebird race car, the world famous name in motor racing and speed records is returning to the racetrack with a new electric race car design.

Back in the 1920s Sir Malcolm Campbell broke a number of speed records in Bluebird cars and boats before his son, Donald, continued the family tradition, achieving double world records on land and water in 1964. Bluebird is now continuing its father and son heritage with the Bluebird Charity Trophy for Father/Sons at Rockingham. Sir Malcolm’s grandson, Don Wales, is now leading the charge back onto the track, following 10 years of development into pioneering the use of electric technology in racecars. Bluebird also intended to enter the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship before the fully-electric racing series announced to use one make cars for its first year. A mock-up of the Bluebird GTL Formula E was shown in public in 2012.

The new unique format of fathers and sons racing together was developed by Rockingham who also decided that the event would be a great fund-raiser for deserving charities. To make the Charity Race happen they have partnered with Bluebird to manage the event as part of the Rockingham round of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on 6-7th September.

With six celebrity pairings and 24 Pro-Am Father and Son teams, the charity event will help raise funds for a number of good causes. Don Wales, Sir Malcolm Campbell’s grandson, has been the driver and Team Principal of the electric Bluebird land speed record car since its inception in the 90s.

He commented: “Electric car technology is central to everything we are doing at Bluebird and this is another opportunity to demonstrate our engineering and motorsports development. Creating the Bluebird Trophy for fathers and sons is a great way of showcasing our advancements whilst raising funds for good causes.”

Peter Hardman, Chief Executive of Rockingham, said:  “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. 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”.

This is also a real success for Electric Corby to help bring Bluebird and electric racing to Rockingham and is another demonstration of Northamptonshire being the leading county in motorsport and high performance technologies.

Full details of the race and cars will be revealed at a launch event to be held at Rockingham in the spring.

Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.


  1. How do you think Formula E will accelerate the development of long-awaited much-needed long-range EV battery technologies? Where is the incentive given that teams will just be swapping cars ?

    • We believe it will accelerate EV technology as Formula E will ‘open up’ for manufactures from season two. As it matters in other racing series like Formula 1, teams will invest to put the best cars on the grid which allows technology to be tested at its limits and will push R&D.

      • Thanks Tim… but to press the specific point re the all-important question of range / energy density. Surely gradually reducing the maximum permitted battery-pack weight each year
        – by 5% let’s say – would have the desired effect ? Thereby gently pressuring teams and the world’s countless lithium cell researchers to deliver slightly higher energy density each year.
        Unfortunately though affordability, lower battery prices in showrooms – that can’t really be driven or catalysed or incentivized by FE competition can it ? If we just end up with an exclusive brand of exorbitantly expensive high-density Formula E superbatteries there could be very little trickle-down tech-transfer – as with F1.
        Final point: why just a one hour race ? It’ll surely feel like it’s over before it’s begun !!! Compared to F1 which seems to drag on forever and grab unlimited media coverage? Isn’t FE thereby reducing itself to a fringe, marginal now-you-see-it now-you-don’t blip on the media radar ? Would not at least a full feature-length 90 minutes be better, possible ? So much energy, effort, long-haul team-travel etc – for just one hour ?
        Is it what the teams want or are there other forces at work here ?
        Cheers Paul G editor EVUK.co.uk


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