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Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 1:42 pm
by Renegadenemo
Should we warn anyone Bill, Greenpeace, coast guard etc?
Used to dive for Greenpeace. They're all lunatics - in a nice way. Last trip was on Esperanza in 2005, I think. Grabbing coral of the Isle of Mingulay. Happy days.

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 7:25 am
by Malcolm Ops
Renegadenemo wrote: Wed May 01, 2019 12:09 am
I hope that those who study the subject of speed history learn from this story and we will see it applied to a subject close to enthusiasts hearts.
Have no fear, Malcolm. 'Diver Bill Smith' is about to return - gulp! :lol:
I was able to watch a wreck diving programme (probably about 2004) on the box, where a side scan radar was being used. Now, who should be watching the screen and interpreting the images ..... ???

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:49 pm
by ace_chris
Richard's found a new project then, and this time its on water!

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:24 pm
by f1steveuk
ace_chris wrote: Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:28 pm Well said Sir Malcolm! And a similar situation with Bluebird K3 I guess too

Don't get that, K3 was sold by Sir Malcolm, and has a chain of documented sales until PFH brought it when I told him Thorpe Park were selling it. There's no confusion over ownership, it goes where the owner says it does!

As for Richard's new project, it's an interesting one.

I found the model during research for the Railton biography and my own Crusader book. Tempted as I was to buy it, I mentioned it to Richard who was all over the idea, and he went and gave the then owner one hell of a shock when he knocked on the door!

Sadly, no drawings survive by Railton on what he envisaged, so the rear floats are as the model was built, RAR always getting it to work first, then worry about getting it to float, but we are keen to see if it works. But I do have two sketches Railton did, so who knows!!!

My Crusader book is just on the point of going to press, but I have two additions to do, Richard's project and another very exciting new addition to the Crusader tail...........

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:52 pm
by mtskull
Jessi Combs’s record attempts in North American Eagle have ended tragically:

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:13 pm
by mtskull
Mike Bull wrote: Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:28 pm
mtskull wrote:Am I just very cynical, or am I correct in thinking that 477mph in a wingless 1950's aircraft is pushing neither the boundaries of speed nor technology?
If you're very cynical, then so am I. I think NAE will either...

1, quietly go away and never achieve anything,
2, be put out of business by Bloodhound or
3, kill someone.
Prophetic words, Mr. Bull.....

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:27 am
by Renegadenemo
I was never a fan of NAE. It was a compromise at best and not a great one in my opinion. Such a shame and a total waste of a young life.

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:41 pm
by Richie
Not sure if this is really in the right forum, but anyway thought I would post up some recently found images of my dad racing powerboats back in the day, been wittering on about it at the workshop quite a bit as we dabble with support boats et al...

Anyway, here it is, from memory I think the hull was a Phantom 16 fitted with a single 75 on the back, I recall my old man talking about what he did to the engine, which was pushing out more like 125+.... Ted can correct me if I my memory is mistaken

Engine had a shortened leg with the exhaust port drilled out of the side near the top, crank case had been filled, performance reed valves fitted, performance head and carbs, lightened and balanced rods / pistons... i recall it had a peculiar looking prop on it which they were very secretive about... the name kleever seems to stick in my mind... lots of money I know that much !

My old man raced this boat which was originally called “The Mean Machine” but later called “Snap-on” due to the full sponsorship gig they got. He raced from 1984 - 87 when he had to stop due to injury to his back (I’d imagine a number of the guys and gals went out with back injuries) however if I recall correctly he was British champion in his class on more than one occasion and I even recall meeting Ian Bothham on one event too (happy memories)

My old man never really talked about it much after giving up, despite his and Arthur’s achievements in that boat...always wondered what happened to it.

The image with the three blokes is one year they cleaned up, the guy on the left has something to do with Marlborough racing, I recall Noel Edmunds was at that gig too, the guy in the middle is Arthur Gardiner and the guy on the right is my old man.. they were a formidable team.

Just thought I’d share, quietly proud of my old man...don’t tell him though !

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:03 pm
by rob565uk
Great story and photos Richie. Thanks for sharing :D

Are you sure that very handsome chap is your Dad? :lol:

Re: Other Speed Record Breakers Are Available!

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:47 pm
by Renegadenemo
Did he name it after you, Rich? :lol: