Hi Bill,Renegadenemo wrote: ↑Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:11 amNigel,
A perfectly well intentioned question for you. We all want to see you succeed. We have our boat on the water - in fact we now have to get half of Loch Fad back out of there again. The Warbys are warming their Orph' on a regular basis. We all want to see Quicksilver coming along so where exactly are you with the build? what parts have you spannered on lately? Can we see some pic's? It's what we all thrive on over here. You've been one of us for a long time, we want to see this so please share...
Last night, I asked the chap who took that pic to send it to us so we can put it on the BBP forum. Look out for it and it should be on here before the day is out.
But here's the thing. A near-identical pic, taken at the same event as the one you're referring to, was on the Home page of our website for three long years, for everyone to see. So I don't understand the sudden interest. I really don't.
It was taken in 2014, and that was the last time we put a fair few items of hardware in one place so people see our progress (meaning our progress up to that point in time).
And back then the critics still said the same, hopelessly ill-informed, negative things. One of which was that the engine in the boat at that time was a scrapper. That engine was a lusty runner then and throughout the time we've owned it, and it is running at the moment in a Buccaneer at Brunty. We loaned it to them as they've been an engine short there for a while.
So we therefore have long since ceased putting stuff out there. I don't blame you at all for your question. It was a perfectly reasonable one. But you will have to accept that I don't pander any more to what people ask and expect me to do. I do the things that suit me.
People who make up the negative stories only have themselves to blame if there's a scarcity of information and photos in the public domain.
The Warbys recent activities haven't raised the slightest bit of interest beyond the anorak brigade, so it doesn't raise a ripple here. I haven't given any of it more than 20 seconds' thought, because nothing has changed. The record set 40 years ago still stands.
I hope you won't take this reply as a put-down of your question. It isn't. I like being on here to defend myself and to add some colour here and there where it's relevant.
What's important to mention, too, is that I'm not just defending myself. I'm defending the people who devotedly help me. Yesterday, I received the news that our engine man Graham Pool had died. I was expecting the call, as he'd been terminally ill for several weeks. Graham had an illustrious career with Rolls-Royce for 37 years, mainly on the Spey, and kept involved with Speys whilst 'in retirement' as part-owner/operator of two Buccaneers at Bruntingthorpe. There is absolutely no question that at the time of his death Graham had more knowledge and hands-on experience with the military Spey than anyone alive, anywhere in the world.
Why is this relevant today? Because Graham devoted hundreds upon hundreds of hours of his precious time, unpaid throughout, to the Quicksilver project - for a period of over 11 years.
When the idiots who made unfounded criticisms of Quicksilver spread their hate and made our job that much harder, they were doing that to Graham and to the many others who do the real work in our project. Is it any wonder I don't like it?