I remember watching the films of his runs and the crash. He didn't understand just how much lift that vehicle would develop at those speeds, and where the center or pressure and CG of it should be. Either they didn't do wind tunnel testing, or didn't do it right.
Unlimited hydroplanes have the same problem, in that they occasionally flip at speed as well for the same problem, the boat design being unbalanced for the lift developed, always run at the ragged edge, and if something changes the very critical maximum angle of attack, the boat pitches up in a divergent/unstable manner.
In the case of the Bluebird, it didn't appear to hit a wave to change/increase the angle of attack, it just developed too much lift at the front and started to lift off, so to speak. Didn't end well.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 09-04-2018 at 06:41 PM.