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Norris Brothers (of Burgess Hill)

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Norris Brothers Ltd, consulting engineers, of Burgess Hill

1952 The Norris Brothers, Ken and Lew, established a design consultancy; their brother Eric, an accountant joined them; subsequently they ran Norbro Engineering and then Worcester Controls[1]

1955 The Norris Brothers designed a Bluebird hydroplane boat which was driven by Donald Campbell, setting a water speed record on Coniston Water, and on 6 occasions thereafter

1955 K. W. Norris and L. H. Norris[2] began work on the design of Bluebird C.N.7, a gas turbine powered car, for Donald Campbell to attempt the land speed record[3]

1958 Designing the Bluebird car for Donald Campbell to attempt the land speed record[4]

1958 of Burgess Hill; patent on apparatus for manoeuvering flexible pipes (with Lewis Hunt Norris)

1960 Completed the Bluebird car.

1963 Patented with BP a method of making potable water from sea water

Donald Campbell worked closely with Kenneth Norris on the design of the Bluebird hydroplane in which he met his death in 1967[5]

1967 The next project was to have been a rocket-powered supersonic car[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jun 06, 1978
  2. The Times, Sep 06, 1960
  3. The Times, May 18, 1960
  4. The Times, Aug 02, 1958
  5. The Times, Jan 05, 1967
  6. The Times, Jan 06, 1967