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Lake Kaniere, Feb 18-19 '06
Saturday the national titles for all classes were run at Lake Kaniere in
changable conditions. Wind came up and down all day and was calm and flat
for some races and rough and border line on suitable for other races. Sunday
saw the King of the Nationals raced early in the day before mixed class
racing and the King of the Lake.
Final Placings for the 2006 National Championships are as follows:
1st Annihilator 3 Ken Lupton
2nd Wired Earth Works Malcolm Jamieson
3rd Annihilator 1 Warwick Lupton
1st Terminator Darryl Friend
2nd Little Cracker Alan Lewis
3rd Fair Warning Scott Coker
1st Little Cracker Alan Lewis
2nd Armageddon Brendon Hall
3rd Reckless III Shane Harvey
1st Total Lubricants Steven Hughes
2nd The Advocate Peter & Ian Thomas
3rd Wired Earth Works Malcolm Jamieson
1st Cut Loose Gary Gregory
2nd Dancing Bear John Ryan
3rd Gladiator Mike Ryan
1st Cut Loose Gary Gregory
2nd Madison Blues Mike Wotton
3rd First Offence Terry McKinstry
1st Madison Blues Mike Wotton
2nd Going Going Gone Paul Robertson
3rd Star Trax Andrea Robinson
1st Southern Storm Andrew Morris
2nd No Mercy Paul Morris
3rd Striker Brent Dawson
1st Unforgiven Nathan Lyndsay
2nd Unicorn Mark Kelly
3rd Superman Darren Randle
1st Sinista Geoffrey Morrish
2nd Instigator Jamie Hargraves
3rd Black Thunder Josh Preece
South Island GP Championship
1st Total Lubricants Steven Hughes
2nd California Girls Alan Dennis
3rd Annihilator 1 Warwick Lupton
King Of The Nationals
1st Annihilator 1 Warwick Lupton
2nd Wired Earth Works Malcolm Jamieson
3rd Total Lubricants Steven Hughes
Final points tally
1st Wellington Power Boat Club 1650
2nd Auckland-Manukau Speedboat Club 1625
3rd Rotoiti Power Boat Club 1450
4th Manawatu Power Boat Club 1300
5th Southland Power Boat Club 1150
6th New Brighton Power Boat Club 925
Lake Rotoiti Masport Cup Regatta
Fantastic weather greeted the boaties at Lake Rotoiti for the Masport Cup
Saturday was used as a test session for the GP hydros with the exception of
Ken Lupton running his "Annihilator 3" in the 2 heats of the South Island
Unlimited Unrestricted Championship which he won both of, ahead of Malcolm
Jamieson in "Wired Earthworks"
David Alexander in "Annihilator 2" took the win in the first heat of the
Masport Cup ahead of team boss Warwick Lupton in "Annihilator 1", Malcom
Jamieson in his F1 tunnel "Wired Earthworks" finished in 3rd. Lupton had a
terrible start and was last at the first turn and spent the next four laps
picking off the opposition one by one. Battling at the front with Jamieson
and Alexander was Steve Hughes in "Total Lubricants". Ken Lupton stopped
just after the flag dropped, found his throttle cable had come undone and
reattached it and started to chase from the back of the pack a lap down only
to break a prop shaft and loose the propeller two laps later.
Heat 2 saw "Annihilator 3" lead the field with "Annihilator 1" right with
him. "Annihilator 2" broke a blower belt at the drop of the start flag
leaving "Wired Earthworks" and "Total Lubricants" to fight out the final
podium spot for the heat with "Wired Earthworks" coming home third.
2006 Masport Cup
1st Warwick Lupton "Annihilator 1" 600pts
2nd Malcom Jamieson "Wired Earthworks" 450pts
3rd David Alexander "Annihilator 2" 400pts
Final race of the weekend was the king of the lake and was won by Ken Lupton
in "Annihilator 3" comfortably ahead of "Wired Earthworks" and "Total
Lubricants" came home in third.
Hydroplane Drivers Club 2006 World Championship Regatta
Waitangi Weekend 4-5th Feb 2006
The Waitangi weekend Lake Karapiro regatta
was a huge success for the sport of Powerboating in NZ. Two UIM World
Championships, (Grand Prix and Modified Hydroplane), six teams from
overseas, the best boat racing venue in Australasia and perfect weather
all weekend and the organization and entertainment both on the water and
land was fantastic.
Supporting these two world championships were strong numbers in F3, F1, and
a mixed V8, F2 combination as well as model powerboats, wakeboarding
demonstrations and marathon jet boats to entertain the crowd between races,
as well as great hospitality areas and hot rod displays.
GP qualifying was done the weekend before
at Wanganui and the pole positions already set for the first heat.
Saturday was spent testing by most teams but not one of them showed
their hand by running a full fast lap. Ken Lupton in "Annihilator 3"
looked strong until he destroyed a gearbox and for a moment looked like
he would be out of the champs before they started. But a trip to get
parts to fix the box, had that part of the problem fixed but the other
concern was the over rev the engine did when the box let go. Without a
back up engine Ken would have to run an engine that was already a little
David Alexander had a few headaches getting his "Annihilator 2" sorted out
and had a piece of aluminium, from the inside of a sponson tear off and hit
the rudder throwing the boat into an ugly nosedive, an engine change, new
rudder and late night repair to the bottom of the boat would see him back
Warwick Lupton in "Annihilator 1" ran extremely strong on every run and a
late afternoon engine change to dial in the back up motor was as good as his
earlier test runs. The boat seemed to get better with every run and was
looking like he would start the championships as the favourite. The other
kiwi contender was Scott Coker in "Fair Warning". Sadly the team were unable
to complete their new supercharged engine in time and would have to run
their older and under powered carburetted engine and were down on speed, but
were hoping that reliability would see them finish all the heats and collect
best of the Australian boats was defending world champ Paul Cunningham in
"GP-55", who ran strong and fast in his tests, hugging the turn pins better
than anyone else, he seemed to be able to point his boat where ever he
wanted too and was looking like the only boat to be able to match Lupton for
Bobby Fisher in "Wasp" was having a few
handling issues but his engine was sounding strong and all his
competition knew he would be reliable and real quick if he could get the
boat to settle, it got better with each run also. Ian Bryant's "Mathemagic"
was again causing its crew grief as it had at Wanganui the weekend
earlier, as they attempted to sort engine problems. They sat out most of
the test sessions as they no longer had a spare motor and needed the one
in the boat to last on race day. Tom Heffernans "Dragula" as
always ran reliably and was looking like it could be a dark horse,
although down slightly on top speed it wasn't that far off the pace and
could well be in the running on race day.
Most other classes took to the water for testing as well as racing and the
Modified Hydroplanes had the first of their qualifying heats for their World
Championship also on the Saturday.
race program ran to time and the first of the GP heats was run late morning.
All eight entrants made the start and the sight of them heading into the
first turn at speeds in excess of 140mph was awesome. Out of the first turn
first was "GP-55" with "Annihilator 1" hot on his heels, and "Annihilator 3"
right there chasing the leaders with "Wasp" not far behind in 4th.
Unfortunately the only engine that the "Mathemagic" team had left expired
and that was the end of their assault on the champs. "Annihilator 2" parked
up on the second lap because of a broken accelerator cable, but would be
back for the second heat. The leaders ran in the order mentioned until the
final turn when Cunninghams "GP-55" parked just on the exit pin leaving the
door open for "Annihilator 1" to take the first heat win.
Heat 1 Results
1st Warwick Lupton Annihilator 1 400pts
2nd Ken Lupton Annihilator 3 300pts
3rd Bob Fisher Wasp 225pts
4th Tom Heffernan Dragula 169pts
5th Scott Coker Fair Warning 127pts
The second heat was led all the way by "Annihilator 1" who was chased hard
by "Annihilator 2" the whole way home, with "GP-55" right behind the leaders
while "Wasp" fought for fourth with "Annihilator 3" till he was stopped by a
broken blower belt. The resulting damage would put Ken out for the day as
did the broken gearbox "Dragula" suffered while racing with "Fair Warning"
for the points.
Heat 2 Results
1st Warwick Lupton Annihilator 1 400pts
2nd David Alexander Annihilator 2 300pts
3rd Paul Cunningham GP-55 225pts
4th Bob Fisher Wasp 225pts
5th Scott Coker Fair Warning 127pts
Heat 3 was a battle royal between Annihilator 1 and 2 with "Annihilator 2"
getting the win just at the post. "Wasp" ran in a comfortable third chased
by "Fair Warning" for a couple of laps before he stopped. Sadly "GP-55"
failed to make the start and had to watch from the top end of the course.
Heat 3 Results
1st Warwick Lupton Annihilator 1 400pts
2nd David Alexander Annihilator 2 300pts
3rd Bob Fisher Wasp 225pts
1st Warwick Lupton Annihilator 1 1100pts
2nd David Alexander Annihilator 2 700pts
3rd Bob Fisher Wasp 619pts
4th Ken Lupton Annihilator 3 300pts
5th Scott coker Fair Warning 254pts
6th Paul Cunningham GP-55 225pts
7th Tom Heffernan Dragula 169pts
8th Ian Bryant Mathemagic 0pts
A.E.Baker Australasian Unlimited Hydroplane Championship.
A great first heat battle saw a repeat of the previous race with Annihilator
1 & 2 leading the pack, and David posted the fastest race time of the
weekend for the win. Heat 2 sadly only had 4 starters as the day had taken
its toll on a number of boats and looked like it would be a repeat of the
last 2 but "Annihilator 1" broke exiting turn 1 leaving "Annihilator 2" to
race home on his own and the maximum 800points for the magnificent trophy.
Darryl Freind in "Terminator" and Malcolm Wotton in "Renegade" in their
Grand National Hydros both ran well all weekend and were second and third in
the last heat as well as the final results.
1st David Alexander Annihilator 2 800pts
2nd Darryl Freind Terminator 525pts
3rd Malcolm Wotton Renegade 394pts
World Modified Hydroplane Championship
The qualifying heats and final saw some great racing in this championship,
the first time hosted here in NZ. 2005 world champion Dustin Echols came all
the way down from the USA with a small team to defend his title and had his
Esslinger powered boat "Miss Silver Cloud Inns" flying. 11 kiwi's and an
Aussie in a kiwi boat lined up to attempt to take it off him. Nigel Zander
in "Helter Skelter" and Allan Lewis in "Little Cracker" both got into the
first turn with Echol's once each, Zander's being the closest when he and
Echol's nearly touched coming onto the front strait. Lewis was able to run
with "Miss Silver Cloud Inns" at times but Echols boat was far quicker and
seemed to be able to drive away with ease. Great racing right threw the
heats and final all the way down the field was spectacular, and there is
already talk of bringing the championship here again in the future rumored
to be 2008.
1st Dustin Echols Miss Silver Cloud Inns
2nd Allan Lewis Little Cracker
3rd Janine White Predator
4th Geoff Robinson Summer Wine
5th Brendon Hall Armageddon
6th Nigel Zander Helter Skelter
7th Tony Hall Tempest
8th Alan Wells Bugga
9th Brodie Mathieson Meridian
10th Darren Pennington MacSheen
11th Daniel Pollack Undertaker
As I said earlier in this article the organization and entertainment at this
event was fantastic. A huge success for our sport of powerboat racing, a
very professional event that wowed the large crowds all day long,
congratulations on a job exceptionally well done to the organizers, the NZGP
Hydroplane Drivers Club.
Images from this regatta are available in our
is with great sadness that we report the sudden passing of our Associations
Vice President Mr. Bryan Denham. Bryan was diagnosed with cancer only 3
weeks ago and passed away at 1.30pm today the 7th of February.
Bryan went to Karapiro this weekend where many boaties took the opportunity
to catch up with him.
will be a shock to most that he has left us so suddenly.
Bryan's funeral is to be held on Friday 10th
Feb at the Civic Centre in Ferguson drive, Upper Hutt. The funeral starts at
1pm. The Wairarapa
regatta to be run on the 11th and 12th of March will also include a special
tribute to Bryan.
Rest in peace Bryan - you will be very much missed. Our thoughts go out to
Bryan's wife Diane and sons Steve and Mike and their extended families at
this sad time.
Lake Karapiro Sees Kiwi Win World GP
- 5th February 2006
Waitangi weekend is turning out great for the Annihilator team with Warwick
Lupton in 'Annihilator 1' taking out the 2006 World GP and with David
Alexander in 'Annihilator 2' taking second place coming in in third place
was Bob Fisher over from Australia in his boat 'The Wasp'.
kiwis were edged out of the top of the 2.5 World Modified Hydroplane class podium by Dustin
Echols in 'Silver Cloud Inns' from The USA in 1st place, but they still managed to fill 2nd and 3rd
places with Alan Lewis in 'Little Cracker' in second and Janine White in
'Predator' in third.
Baker, Australian Unlimited Hydroplane Trophy:
this info was beamed to me from Kent via text 'live' from Karapiro,
More info and plenty of images are sure to follow.
Wanganui 28th January 2006.
Heavy rain during the week prior to the NZGP
Drivers club's flying lap and GP Worlds qualifying event on the Wanganui
river was the cause of a lot of debris to come down the river, playing havoc
with the organizers race program.
Both days saw the rescue craft working flat
out to clear the track of logs and driftwood with very little time spent on
the water racing. When the tide turned both days a small window of
opportunity became available and some competitors took to the river, while
others opted to be spectators rather than risk their equipment in the
Quickest boat around the track was Malcolm
Jamieson's "KRB Racing" Formula 1 tunnel boat with a 40.70 second lap.
Second fastest and best of the GP hydroplanes was Paul Cunningham in "GP-55"
with a 42.68. This time gives "GP-55" pole position for the first heat of
the GP World Champs at Karapiro this coming weekend.
Ken Lupton in "Annihilator 3" was the best
of the kiwi GP boats all day until the very last run when his father Warwick
Lupton in "Annihilator 1" beat him into Pole 2 with a 42.81. Kens best time
at 43.50 was good enough for Pole 3 in the first heat at the GP World Champs
and placed him, 4th overall for the Wanganui event. Next fastest in the
flying laps was Allan Dennis in his F1 tunnel "California Girls" with a
44.39, followed by Ian Thomas in "The Advocate" another F1 with 45.90. David
Alexander in "Annihilator 2" came 7th overall for the day and was 4th
fastest GP earning him Pole 4 in the first heat at Karapiro next weekend.
Steve Hughes in "Total Lubricants" was
frustrated by engine gremlins in his F1 boat with his best time of 48.00
leaving him in 8th place ahead of Luke Sharp in "Sierra" 9th with a 51.60
lap time. Next boat home and pole 5 for the first heat at Karapiro was
Australian Ian Bryant in his GP hydro "Mathemagic" with 53.92. Scott Coker
in the newly enclosed "Fair Warning" placed 11th on the day in the flying
laps with a 55.50 lap, putting him in pole 6 for the first heat of the GP
World champs next weekend.
Australian competitor Tom Heffernan in
"Dragula" gave the crowd the biggest thrills of the weekend when he flat
spun prior to his first flying lap on Sunday morning. Tom recovered and then
headed off for his timed lap and the boat pulled to the right and ended up
in the mud at the end of the front straight. Some damage was done to the
rear of one sponson but will be repaired in time for Karapiro. The other
Australian entrant Bobby Fisher in "Wasp" failed to make it to Wanganui
after being held up at customs, his boat was released but there were
apparently issues with his tow vehicle.
Check out our
Gallery for pictures from this event and also follow the link on our
local links page to the NZGP Drivers Club website for more info and
GOLD CUP REGATTA
The 36th Manawatu Gold Cup was held this weekend in fantastic weather with a
light breeze and an incoming tide making the tight river track perfect for
the 30 boats that participated in the regatta.
Saturdays racing featured the North Island Championship for Formula 3 and
saw great battles down the field in both heats. NZ F3 Champion Jamie
Hargraves in "Instigator" won the first heat ahead of Scott Dennis in
"Velocity" while the rest of the field fought over third position. Young
newcomer Josh Preece in "Black Thunder" beat home Philip Stilwell in "Dupont"
for third with Grant Pedder in "Wild Thing" hot on their heels the whole
way, in the end finished 5th.
"Instigator" failed to make the start in the second heat leaving "Velocity"
to comfortably take the win, again the rest of the field fought it out till
"Black Thunder" blew his engine leaving "Dupont" second and "Wild Thing"
2006 Formula 3 Championship
1st VELOCITY Scott Dennis 700points
2nd DUPONT Philip Stilwell 469points
3rd INSTIGATOR James Hargraves 400points
4th WILD THING Grant Pedder 352points
5th BLACK THUNDER Josh Preece 225points
The other feature on Saturday's programme was the Carl Augustine Memorial
Challenge Trophy for under 2 litre inboard boats. Steve Mathieson in
"Midnight" has held this challenge trophy for the last five years and has
had it hosted here at the Gold Cup regatta for all that time. He again won
it in style leading the field the whole way with Tracy Gapper driving "Tempo
Too" home in second place ahead of Brian Cardiff in "Miss Riff Raff", third
and Brodie Mathiseon in "Meridian" finished 4th. Steve is now the winningest
driver in the history of this spectacular trophy.
2006 Carl Augustine Memorial Challenge Trophy
1st MIDNIGHT Steve Mathieson
2nd TEMPO TOO Tracy Gapper
3rd MISS RIFF RAFF Brian Cardiff
4th MERIDIAN Brodie Mathison
The Series 3000 drivers club also hosted a round of its Drivers Club Series
and had an impressive eleven boats start in the two handicap races. The
racing was hard and fast and the handicapping great as the field bunched up
towards the finish line. A large field of any class of boat is spectacular
and these races were some of the best seen in a long long time. The second
of these series races saw the first of the weekends two crashes, as the
field bunched up, Graeme Stevens in "Maximum Boost" and Malcolm Packer in
"Miss Weta" crashed into each other in the downstream turn. The resulting
damage put them both out for the rest of the weekend. Thankfully both
drivers were ok and will be back on the circuit soon.
Sunday the program was busy as the club hosted it's feature races. First up
was The Sally Nagel Memorial for 3 litre inboard, open hull. 13 entrants for
this race ment qualifying heats had to be run to narrow the field down to a
6 boat final. Lap times for the drivers were such that the six fastest
qualifiers had only 2 seconds splitting them with the rest of the field
spread by another 6 seconds. "Midnight", "Buckshot" and "Tempo Too" were all
together on the run in, chased hard by "Madison Blues" and "Star Trax".
Armageddon failed to make the start after breaking a header pipe while under
the start boats orders up under the bridge, and had to spectate the race
2006 Sally Nagel Memorial
1st Midnight Steve Mathieson
2nd Buckshot John Hallett
3rd Tempo Too Tracy Gapper
The Ross Knight Memorial, Open Hydro Cup was next on the program and most
expected Steve Mathieson to do the hat-trick like last year, adding this to
the two trophies he had already won this weekend. Tony Hall in "Tempest" had
other plans when he made it to the start line having chased engine problems
for most of the day. "Tempest" led the field comfortably with "Midnight" in
pursuit and "Tempo Too" also chasing. Then "Tempo Too" stopped and a lap
later in the same spot "Midnight" parked also, leaving the final two podium
spots to be fought over by "Meridian" and "Miss Riff Raff".
2006 Ross Knight Memorial Open Hydro Cup
Tempest Tony Hall
2nd Meridian Brodie Mathieson
3rd Miss Riff Raff Brian Cardiff
The Bob Dunlop Memorial for unlimited racing runabouts only drew three
entries this year but all made the start. Newcomer Terry McKinstry in "First
Offence" and Evan White in "Wasted Nights" were side by side with Midge
Mallet in the Ford SVO powered "Cobra" joining them for much of the race
until with a lap to go "Cobra" lit up and ran for the finish line on his
2006 Bob Dunlop Memorial
1st Midge Mallet Cobra
2nd Terry McKinstry First Offence
3rd Evan White Wasted Nights
Manawatu's major feature race is the Manawatu Gold Cup. The run in saw
defending Gold Cup winner Steve Hughes in "Total Lubricants" and the Procom
flat bottom "Cobra" run side by side all the way to the first turn with
"Cobra" having a slight lead. The F1 tunnels of John Hercock, "Advance" and
Julian Stilwell in "Resene" were not far behind. Unfortunately neither
"Tempest" or "Midnight" managed to make the start. As the leaders exited the
first turn "Total Lubricants" was in front and over the next lap the other
two F1 boats hounded "Cobra" till they found a way past. A great spectacle
that saw the crowd on their feet for the three laps of the long track.
Congrats to Steve Hughes, who has competed at this event for some 25 years
and now has 5 wins to his credit, the first of which came in 1988 in "Red
in all the weekend was a great success with a great crowd turnout and a good
number of competitive boats and classes. The weekend's racing included one
of the best fields of Series 3000 boats seen for some time as well as some
great mixed and class racing for the top trophies.
Steve Hughes said in his thank you speech on being awarded the Gold Cup for
the 5th time - river racing is where its at - nothing else comes close! Lets
hope the racing just keeps getting better with this weekend's GP regatta at
Wanganui. Meantime, take a look at the Gold Cup photo gallery for shots of
the weekend's action.
Formula 3 Drivers Series
Confirmed dates for some F3
series events are available in the F3 class
MANAWATU GOLD CUP
The next big event on the seasons calendar is the Manawatu Gold Cup Regatta,
21-22 January at Whirokino, Foxton. Saturday will see the North Island
Championship for the Formula 3 class, The Carl Augustine Challenge which is
the NZ 2 litre inboard Championship, and drivers club series races for the
Mod H class and the new this season, Westview Aluminium F3 Driver Series
along with support races for other classes.
Sunday is the day for the 36th Annual Gold Cup and the clubs feature races.
The Sally Nagel Memorial for 3litre inboards, the Ross Knight Memorial for
unlimited hydroplanes and the Bob Dunlop Memorial for unlimited racing
runabouts, will all run along with class races.
GP WORLD CHAMPS
Following the Gold Cup is the NZGP drivers club event at Wanganui on the
downtown river course. Eight of the worlds fastest Grand Prix hydroplanes
will compete in the flying lap competition on the tight river track to
qualify for their pole positions for the World GP Hydroplane Championships
to be held at Lake Karapiro on the 4th and 5th of February.
The GP World Championship entrants are:
MATHEMAGIC Ian Bryant New South Wales, AUS
DRAGULA Tom Heffernan Victoria, AUS
GP-55 Paul Cunningham New South Wales, AUS
WASP Bobby Fisher Victoria, AUS
ANNIHILATOR 1 Warwick Lupton Wanganui, N.Z
ANNIHILATOR 2 David Alexander Wanganui, N.Z
ANNIHILATOR 3 Ken Lupton Wanganui, N.Z
FAIR WARNING Scott Coker Otorohonga, N.Z.
The World Championship for the Modified Hydroplane class will also be held
at Lake Karapiro on the 4th and 5th of February and will see two
international teams compete against the large field of local boats.
The Modified Hydroplane World Cahmpionship entrants are:
SILVER CLOUD INNS Dustin Echols USA
TEAM MACSHEEN Darren Pennington AUS
PREDATOR Janine White NZ
HELTER SKELTER Nigel Zander NZ
TEMPEST Tony Hall NZ
LITTLE CRACKER Alan Lewis NZ
MIDNIGHT Steve Mathieson NZ
ARMAGEDDON Brendon Hall NZ
MERIDIAN Terry Mathieson NZ
Also at this event the NZGP club will host the A.E.BAKER Australasian
Unlimited Hydroplane Challenge trophy. This magnificent cup was won a few
years back by Warwick Lupton in Annihilator 1 and the Australian teams will
be doing their best to take it back across the Tasman Sea with them and the
kiwis will be just as determined to keep it here. Drivers club series for
Formula 1, Formula 3 and the Grand National classes will also run at this
more info regarding these events please contact the respective club
secretaries or visit the NZGP Hydroplane Drivers Club website via our local
Mangakino, New Years regatta.
A good number of boats attend the New Years regatta at Lake
Maraetai in Mangakino and the conditions were superb on the Saturday and the
racing was close in all classes.
Formula 3 was dominated by Jamie Hargraves in "Instigator", but was pushed
hard by Scott Dennis who has returned to the sport after about a 4 year
layoff in his boat now renamed "Velocity". Philip Stilwell in his new boat "Dupont"
battled with Garin Keane in "Too Keane" for the 3rd place spot most of the
day and relative newcomer Peter Swinkels, "Strike Zone" and Grant Pedder in
"Wild Thing" rounded out the class.
hydroplane racing was close all weekend as many teams used this regatta as a
chance to test set ups for the upcoming World Mod Hydro Champs. The feature
event of the day for the hydros was a great battle led by Nigel Zander in
"Helter Skelter" leading the whole way with Alan Lewis in "Little Cracker"
and Janine White in "Predator" scrapping it out for the 2nd place and the
rest of the field behind them were bunched up and battling close and hard as
Five Formula 1 tunnel boats were joined by the Mod VP "Anti Cyclone". Tony
Latimer in "Patriot" won the first race for the class but severely damaged
his engine as he crossed the finish line putting him out for the rest of the
weekend. Peter and Ian Thomas were their dialling in their freshly imported
from the USA "The Advocate". Julian Stilwell's "Resene" ran really well and
was right on the tail of Luke Sharp in "Sierra Engine Parts" and Allan
Dennis in "California Girls".
Series 3000 had a great field of boats and many have found extra horsepower
and speed for the coming season, John Hallets "Buckshot" was quick and
pushed by Paul Robertsons "Going, Going, Gone" and the Robinsons "Star
Trax".steve and Bryan Denham debuted the "Venom 3" and saw close racing with
the Packer brothers Malcolm and Bruce in "Miss Weta" and "Brooster"
respectively. they were also joind by "Wild Thing" and the ProStock boat
"Wasted Nights" of Evan White.
Racing for Day two, Monday the 2nd of January had to be called off at Lunch
Time due to High Winds making the course too rough. The host club shifted
the course in closer to the shore in an attempt to avoid the rough water on
the back straight, but sadly the wind kept getting stronger and the day was
cancelled just after lunch time.
Feature race results
Master of Mangakino
1st California Girls Allan Dennis
2nd Sierra Engine Parts Luke Sharpe
3rd Resene Julian Stilwell
Des Geddes Memorial
1st California Girls Allan Dennis
2nd Resene Julian Stilwell
3rd Midnight Steve Mathieson
3 litre Hydro Challenge
1st Helter Skelter Nigel Zander
2nd Predator Janine White
3rd Little Cracker Alan Lewis
The Geyserland club has introduced a new trophy this season, called the Dawn
Cresswell Memorial Trophy. It is in memory of the partner, of the clubs
Patron Mr. Colin Robertson, and is a top points trophy for the regatta
competed for by the Series 3000 class boats. A great field of these racing
runabouts battled hard and the inaugural place getters are as follows.
1st= Star Trax Jeff & Andrea Robinson
1st= Going Going Gone Paul Robertson
3rd Venom Brian & Steve Denham
4th Buckshot John Hallett
5th Miss Weta Malcolm Packer
6th Brooster Bruce Packer
7th Wild Thing Grant Pedder
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Manawatu PBC Opening Day
Manawatu Power Boat Club successfully ran their opening day at Whirokino on
Sunday Dec 4th. West - Nor West winds blew all day but with an early start
and running on an incoming tide the water conditions were fine for racing.
All competitors were split into fields and had 3 races each with the final
race of the day the Opening Day Cup for the day's 6 fastest boats. This race
saw the best action of the day. Scott Dennis returned to racing in his F3
tunnel boat now renamed "Velocity" and battled race long with Series 3000
campaigner Paul Robertson who also has just returned to racing with his
completely rebuilt McLeod flattie now named "Going, Going, Gone". Right on
the hip of these two was Tracy Gapper in "Tempo Too" the 2 litre hydroplane.
The 3 ran neck and neck for the first 3 laps before "Tempo Too" broke, then
"Going, Going, Gone" nearly did its namesake with a big sideways shuffle and
left the door open for Scott in "Velocity" to have a fairly easy 1/2 lap
sprint to the finish for the win.
Two Hydroplane World Championships to be run in NZ in 2006
The NZGP hydroplane drivers club have now confirmed two entries from
Australia for the upcoming GP world champs to be run at Wanganui and
Karapiro this coming season. Tom Heffernan in "Dragula" who finished 3rd at
this years world GP champs at Taree NSW is well known here in NZ as the man
who maintains the hulls of the three Annihilator boats and has done so for
some years, he will bring his boat to NZ for the first time, this
beautifully presented boat has proven to be a very consistant and reliable
competitor and is sure to be in the points at the end. The other Australian
entrant "Mathemagic" owned by Ian Bryant from Pitt Town, NSW is a boat well
known in NZ, formerly "Thunder Pumper" and "Big Cheif" the boat has been
renamed after the teams major sponsor a computer based mathematics tutoring
system. Three other Australian teams are looking at coming over for the
worlds but as yet not confirmed. '04 Champ Grant Harrison may have his new
hydroplane finished in time to attend, '05 World Champ Paul Cunningham in
"GP-55" is sure to want to defend his title and of course the Burton owned
"Warlord" are sure to want to be in the running for the 2006 GP World
Champs. Add to these two confirmed Aussie entrants, the three Annihilators
and the Coker hydroplane now being fitted with a capsule and blower and this
could be one of the best GP fields assembled in NZ for many many years.
Results of the annual Central Zone Petrol Voucher raffle
1st 3924 Jeremy Thomas Upper Hutt
2nd 1854 L Cusin ??
3rd 1339 Val Hoyne Himitangi
4th 1501 Mashepend Wanganui
5th 3204 C Andrews Carterton
6th 1054 Nagel Waikanae
7th 3899 Jeremy Thomas Upper Hutt
8th 1378 Ken Marshall Carterton
News N Gossip
The 3 litre McLeod flatbottom "Ambush" has sold and will have a V6 Nissan
300zx engine installed for power. The boat will be renamed "Miss Mika" and
new owner Jeff Noble of Otaki works at KM Automotive in Waikanae and will
duplicate the set up his boss Paul uses in his Series 3000 boat "Going,
Razors Edge has also sold and headed north to Warkworth now owned by Tom
Needham. Tom hopes to have the boat ready for the '06 Auckland/Manakau
winter series, and will run a Ford XR8 engine. Former owner Kent Dunlop has
now purchased a large cube supercharged engine which will be checked and
modified slightly before being fitted to a brand new boat due here early
next year to be ready for the '06/'07 season.
Goose Gregory has acquired another racing runabout, another 15' McLeod
flatbottom that he intends to run in the Formula 3 class, engine choice has
not yet been decided but rumour hasit that either a Honda S2000 or Suzuki
1300cc Hiabusa motorcycle engine may get the nod.
Team Denham are working flat out to get their boats ready for the New Years
regatta's, Mike Denham is expecting his 454 chev back from the machine shop
any day ready for assembly for "Captain Manta" and will run at local events
this season. Steve and Bryan Denham are working over time to get their 3
litre Ryan Craft ready in time for the start of the Series 3000 drivers club
series at Mangakino.
Malcolm Jamieson ran his "KRB Racing" Formula
1 tunnel boat at the final round of the Australian F1 Superboat Series in
Penrith over the last weekend of November. Early testing at the event saw
Malc set the pace with a lap time of over a second quicker than the next
competitor. Unfortunately his final practise session saw his race engine
throw a conrod and the team were unable to fit the spare powerhead in time
for the Hot Laps. Because he didn't compete in the Hot Laps Malcolm had to
start the first heat from the outside pole position with the teams spare
powerhead. A good start off the dock saw the KRB Racing boat start working
his way threw the pack until he got upto 5th before a blow over by another
competitor saw the race stopped short of its full distance.
Heat 2 saw the team battling with the
leaders until the power steering failed making the boat very hard to drive.
Malc managed to get the boat home again in 5th position, even tho he was now
battling a boat with extremely heavy steering. The team went to work on the
power steering and made the third heat start and again battled with the
leaders until the same problem with the steering from the previous heat
reappeared. Again Malc was able to muscle the boat home in 5th place, he was
dissappointed that the earlier lap times could not be maintained, but very
happy with the performance of the boat. Congratulations to Malcolm and the
whole team at "KRB Racing" on their assault on the last two rounds of the
Australian F1 Superboat Series, sadly the result they were looking for (a
round win) eluded them but the whole Aussie F1 scene were forced to take
notice that the boys from the top o the South Island are a force to be
reckoned with. The boat will return from Sydney to NZ in the next couple of
weeks so as the team can start testing more gear for the season here in NZ,
they hope to compete in both the local F1 and GP series events as well as a
couple of feature races that Malcolm would like to get his name on.
SsangYongTeam Finish off the season with a Win!
The Ssang Yong Team capped off a
successful 2005 season with an overall win at the final round of the FPS
F1 Superboat Series at Penrith, just outside Sydney, on Sunday. However
it was almost a disaster as tangling with Dave Trask in the final race
of the day put a hole in the boat that was taking in water.
The weekend started well with Bailey
first into the 36sec mark, well clear of the Trask brothers, Rhys Coles,
vella and the Kiwi, Malcom Jamieson during Saturday’s practice. Coles
later matched Bailey’s time late in the day but the team had declared
themselves happy with the setup and elected to not run in the final
“Running at Melton, the weekend prior
was the difference” said Bailey. I didn’t have to get into the groove,
the team all new exactly what was needed to be done and we had tested a
variety of setups. Actually it was fun, I am getting to know the boat
and was able to really fly it out of the turns”.
Perfect conditions on the Saturday turned
ugly for Sunday’s race day with heavy showers scheduled all day.
In qualifying the team finished in 3rd,
though the onboard telemetry showed a different time to that of the
officials, but, Craig still felt with the a good start he would be able to
challenge Dave Trask and Coles who were 2nd and 1st
respectively. Dave had just come back from a fine 5th place
finish at the previous World Championship round in Qatar and was brimming
It was a tight tussle right from the start
with both Bailey and Trask eventually getting past Coles to go 1st
and 2nd the whole way. The Ssang Yong boat had the legs but Trask
was driving well to hold his position.
It was the same story in race 2 as both
drivers soon lapped slower traffic during another close fought contest.
Again Trask took the chequered flag from Bailey as both teams prepared for
It was on from the start as Bailey knew he
needed to make his move early if he was to get the prized inside line on the
tight Penrith course. Side by side early on in the race Bailey moved up
along side Trask and got his nose in front, both drivers probably doing
close on 135mph. Bailey was wide out the turn and Trask started to drift
wide as well, 2 doesn’t go into one and next thing both boat collided.
‘ All I remember was the sight of
Dave’s boat climbing up the decks and near my windscreen, it happened so
fast. He had to stop which was unfortunate, I would have liked to race
him the whole way. We holed the boat and took on water, I thought
something wasn’t right as the boat kept getting slower and slower.
Bob Trask got me on the last corner, I
knew I had the overall points for the day so I let him through, it would
have been nice to have won the heat though”.
The win capped off a good 2nd
half to the year for the team. The new boat is finally getting sorted
and the team will be keen to run for the championship next year.
“A 2nd at the Gold Coast round,
winning the Arch Spooner and a win here at Penrith is great. It is a credit
to all of my team, especially my crew chief Jason, whose wife is expecting
their 2nd child soon. Also to all of our sponsors for the year,
thanks very much, I hope to have a few drinks before Christmas with everyone
and hopefully we can all go for a championship next year.”
Craig Bailey racing is also supported by:
Andrew Short Marine
Red Bull Australia
Inner Circle Rum
Rigoli Smash Repairs
Tait Radio Communications
DVD My Life
Waynes Injector Services
For more information go to
For further information contact
Chris Kuznetsoff 0418 975 819
PRESS RELEASE: Macsheen Racing
MacSheen Hydroplane Racing is please to announce the securing of
Darren Penington from Drouin Victoria Australia as its driver for
the upcoming 2006 U.I.M. 2.5 Litre Modified Hydroplane World Championship
being hosted by the New Zealand Grand Prix Hydroplane Drivers Club
at Lake Karapiro on the 4th and 5th February 2006.
Darren although only 23 brings plenty of successful racing experience
to the team. He began racing in 1999 of which he won the Rookie
of the Year Award. He is the current Australian 1.6 Litre Oz Lite
Hydroplane champion of which he has been since year 2000. Other
major trophies Darren has won includes the EKW Cup, Ron Wilkins
Memorial Trophy as will as National and Victorian Championships.
Darren successfully campaigns a boat by the name of “TWINCAM” in
Australia this team is own by not only himself but also his parents
Tony and Maxine Penington.
The team will by arriving at least a week prior to the World Championship
to carry out final fine tuning etc on “Mac Sheen”. The team if time
permits intend to check out the water in New Zealand by seeing the
Grand Prix Hydroplanes qualifying the week prior at Wanganui.
During the winter months MacSheen Hydroplane Racing has been busy
going other the boat and engine with a fine tooth comb to ensure
everything is 100% ready for this major challenge. This has entailed
the checking of all hardware and the complete stripping and rebuilding
of the power plant namely the only real engine running a 2.5 Litre
Quad Cam FORD V6. The team although only running 2500cc compared
with some of the others 3000cc it can complete successfully due
to its power to weight ratio.
With the securing of Darren as a driver the World 2.5 Litre Championship
has a truly international flavor to it now with entrants from the
U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand.
MacSheen Hydroplane Racing
F1 Powerboat Team
The Ssang Yong F1 Powerboat
Team will be out to take the win this weekend against very stiff competition
at Penrith for the final round of the FPS F1 Superboat Series.
Also, success for the team in Melbourne last weekend, Craig Bailey became
the first driver to win 8 x Arch Spooner Gold Cup Titles, the Australian
APBA Unlimited Outboard Trophy.
Craig Bailey becomes 1st
Driver to win 8 Arch Spooner Gold Cups
weekend the boys drove down to Melbourne to try and win the coverted APBA
Arch Spooner Gold cup for the 8th time and become the 1st
driver to do so. Prior to the weekend, Bailey jointly held 7 wins with
Australian driving legend, Bob Halliday who first started winning in the mid
was down in the first heat with local driver Gavin Bricker taking the win
from Bailey, but the team kept their cool, made a few changes and went out
to win the next 2 heats to take the overall win and the trophy.
a great weekend for the team” said Craig afterwards “ we actually had 2
objectives, the first being to win the Arch Spooner, it has some of the
greatest names in Australian powerboat racing on it and I am honoured
everytime I add my name to it.”
second objective was to finetune the boat for this weekend’s final round of
the FPS F1 Superboat Series at Penrith just outside Sydney. The competition
is hot up front and Dave Trask has been really quick. He just got 5th
at the Qatar round of the World Championships last weekend so I guess his
confidence will be up. The Ssang Yong boat is running well though, I’m very
happy so we should do ok.”
is out of the running of the overall championship after missing the first
half of the season.
took some time out recently to wed his longtime girlfriend Janelle on Byron
Bay Beach. It was a big day (weekend) for all with many guests coming from
overseas including former F1 powerboat star, Pelle Brolin from Sweden and
top engine man, Ron Anderson and his wife Lynne from the US.
stunning bride arrived in a brand new white Ssang Yong Rexton of course,
courtesy of Ssang Yong Australia. Our thanks go to Chris Michel for
tuned for all the results from the weekend and the launch of our brand new
Bailey racing is also supported by:
Andrew Short Marine
Red Bull Australia
Inner Circle Rum
Rigoli Smash Repairs
Tait Radio Communications
DVD My Life
Waynes Injector Services
For more information
information contact Chris Kuznetsoff 0418 975 819
Wellington Powerboat Club Race Season
Wellington Power Boat Clubs race season gets underway this weekend at
Onepoto, Porirua, with a club day and Christmas party.
CLUB DAY SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2005
START TIME - 9.00 AM
SCRUTINEERING - 9.30 AM
WATER OPEN - 10.30 AM
Come along to our “XMAS PARTY” ( this is been organized in conjunction with
the Capital Rodders) At the Clubrooms
Time : 6.00pm Price: $23.00 per person, includes 2 course Meal provided by
the Spit Roast Co
Or you may prefer to come later and just enjoy the entertainment.
As we need to know numbers for catering please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 586 0919 to book your ticket by 17th NOVEMBER
JJW Hydroplane Racing
22809 NE 159th
Woodinville WA 98072
American Racer to Compete in New Zealand
2005 Union of International
Motorboating (UIM) World 2.5 Modified Inboard Hydroplane Champion Dustin
Echols (driver) and Justin Weymouth (owner) of Duvall Washington will travel
down under to Lake Karapiro Cambridge, New Zealand, on February 3rd
4th 5th 2006 to represent the American Power Boat
Association (APBA) in the 2006 UIM World 2.5 Modified Inboard Hydroplane
Justin and Dustin will
arrive in Auckland New Zealand on Tuesday, January 31st to
prepare the Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels
www.silvercloud.com “Ford Esslinger powered A20” for the short road
trip South to Lake Karapiro where they will test on Friday February 3rd
in preparation for two qualifying heats on Saturday and the final on
Sunday. The Team will also compete in the Marsh Motorsport 10 km Grand Prix,
the winner of this race receives the fabulous $30,000 five blade Swiss Rola
Offshore Race Propeller.
The week after the World
Championship the JJW Hydroplane Racing Team will hopefully celebrate by
relaxing with some Marlin Fishing, White Water Rafting and maybe even a
Verticle Bungy Jump, before the 15 hour flight back to Seattle, Washington.
Dustin’s Racing Career
Dustin started a career in
Boat Racing at the age of ten, he started in the “A” stock hydro class and
worked his way up through the ranks. The 2004 season was his first drive in
a Inboard Hydroplane and he earned the privilege of driving Justin
Weymouth’s A-20 2.5 Modified Hydroplane. During Dustin’s first year in the
category, he competed in both the Eastern and Western Divisionals as well as
the Summer Nationals in Hampton Virginia.
With the help of the JJW
Hydroplane Racing Team Echols finished second in the National High Points in
his first full season of Inboard Racing, Dustin was also named Seattle Drag
& Ski Club Rookie of the year.
In 2005 Dustin once again
dominated the 2.5 Modified Hydroplane Class with first at Western Divisional
Championship, World Championship National High Points, 2nd at the
Summer Nationals and most recently on Sunday October 16th at
Devils Lake Oregon set a new UIM World Kilo Speed Record at 137.2 mph. John
DeVos driving the A-36 “In Cahoots” back on September 30th 1989 at Devils
Lake Oregon last set this record at a speed of 132 mph. Dustin is currently
in the running to join the American Power Boat Assosiation Hall of Champions
which will be decided in January 2006 in Florida at the APBA National
Advanced Electrical F1 tunnel rebuild
Eight days later and it is starting to look like a boat again. Now with the
capsule refitted and the new decks on it is not far away from being ready
for the paint shop.
Geyserland Club Season Starts
Geyserland Power Boat Club's season starts this weekend with their
opening day to be held at Lake Maraetai in Mangakino, Sunday 16th of
October. Good luck to the club and competitors on a good safe days racing.
We hope to have a report on this meeting on this site early next week.
Formula 3 Drivers Series Races
Formula 3 class will this season have a drivers series to participate in,
thanks to the efforts of Pete Stilwell, the Series Convenor, who has been
negotiating with clubs and drivers, along with securing a major sponsor. The
series will be run as 2 Scratch races at each of the following venues
Triangle Tracks at:
Mangakino, 1/2 Jan 2006,
Lake Karapiro, NZGP 4/5 Feb,
Blue Lake, 10/11/12 Feb,
Lake Kaniere Nationals, 18/19 Feb,
Porirua Harbour, 14/15 April.
Normal Tracks at:
Manawatu, 21/22 Jan,
Wanganui GP, 28/29 Jan.
At this early stage 8 teams have committed to support the series with an
additional 3 or 4 who will make it to some of the rounds.
Series 3000 Race Dates
Series 3000 Drivers club have confirmed their series race dates and officers
for the coming year at their recent AGM in Taupo.
The Series dates are:
January 1/2 Geyserland at Mangakino
January 21/22 Manawatu at Whirokino
March 11/12 Wairarapa at Ruamahunga
March 18/19 Manukau/Auckland at Mangere
We decided at our AGM to only race the four venues this year hoping that it
will attract fuller fields at these venues.
Officers elected are:
President - John Hallett
Vice-President - Jason Buttimore
Secretary/Treasurer - Andrea Robinson
PR - Jeff Robinson
John Swanson of Masterton sadly passed away last Tuesday
the 4th of October at the age of 75. John raced out of the Wairarapa club
for many years, most of his boats were called "Swannee" as was he by his
friends. John was instrumental in reviving the Wairarapa Power Boat Club
along with a few other keen racers in the early 1980's, the club has always
been fairly isolated with its race venue out on the Ruamahunga River way out
in the countryside but the foresight of John and those members closest to
him, chased sponsorship and introduced the Santano Paints Trophy to be run
alongside the Barney Rhodes Memorial. The regattas of the mid to late 80's
at Wairarapa were huge events that included kilo trials on one of the best
kilo tracks our sport has, and saw racers from all over NZ attend in the
hope of winning the cups, setting records and to be a part of a great event.
condolences to his friends and family.
9th October 2005
John Hercock has contracted Malcolm
Jamieson to freshen up his F1 “Advanced Electrical” for the coming
season. What started out as a ‘replace the decks, general check over and
prep the boat for paint’ has turned into a major rebuild as can be seen
by the attached image. The boat was showing signs of its five
years of racing and once the decks were removed, a number of signs of
wear and tear became apparent. John has imported a new late model mid
section and engine hot-up parts and decided to go the whole hog with the
rebuild as he wants the hull right with the extra horsepower that he
hopes to have this season.
Tony Latimer has purchased a Ryan-Craft
skiff from the South Island and will fit a 350 Chev and run in the Prostock
class. The boat is about five years old and was originally named “All
Torque”, it has done very little racing and only been in the water 2 or 3
times and is very tidy, Tony will announce a new name for the boat, and
driver in the near future.
Malcolm Jamieson is currently building a new KRB tunnel boat for Southlander
Anthony Robertson, who for the last 2 years ran the very quick F3 “Tunnel
Vision”. The new F1 boat is very near completion and will be ready for the
new season and with Malcolm looking after the engines and set up it could
quickly become a contender in the F1 class.
Jamieson will also cross the ditch to race in the final round of the F1
Super boat series at Penrith. The date for this event has been confirmed as
26th-27th November. If you are planning on a weekend trip to Sydney, then
pick this one and check out the Australian F1 Super boat series and get
along and support the KRB team.
Alan Lewis is currently in the USA, he attended a meeting at Rocky Forks,
Ohio, where he again drove the rebuilt “Sho Nuff” of John Shrewbrooks before
loosing an engine. He then got to pedal “Mr Bud” one of the best Hydros on
the USA circuit. The following weekend he went to Wildwood, New Jersey where
with a 1st and a 2nd in “ShoNuff” he won the 2.5Mod Hydro class for the
weekend. He also got the chance to drive Dennis Macey’s 7 litre hydroplane
“Menace” and managed a win after a great side by side battle with M.A.S
Epoxies of Tom Heins.
Another generation of Stilwell’s has arrived with the birth of James Edward,
at 8lbs 4ozs he arrived on the 30th of September, and will be cheering on
his Dad, Julian and uncle Philip this season at the races. Baby, and his Mum
Karen are doing well, and will get a visit this weekend from his clucking
Grandma and Granddad.
Auckland/Manukau Club Day
Auckland/Manakau club hosted a club day at Lake Dee earlier in the month,
and had a good early season turnout with a number of racers getting in some
laps before the regatta season starts. Allan Dennis was the quickest boat
there in his "California Girls" NZ1 Formula 1 tunnel boat and ran the boat
hard. Dave Harris and family had the ProCom flatbottom "Innocent Victim" as
well as a newly imported american flattie with a new driver racing for the
A couple of second generation rookie racers made the show. Garin Keane, son
of F2 advocate John was there with the ex Schmanski Formula 300 tunnel boat,
Garin's boat "Too Keane" now competes in the Formula 3 class with Evinrude
45ss power on the back, and runs very well. Also in a 45ss powered F3,
another newcomer, Travis Robertson, was getting to grips with his newly
acquired Funway Flyer, freshly painted bright yellow and sponsored by
"Swashbucklers Restaurant & Bar", the son of 'Turbo Tonsils', (the well
known race announcer and TV chef) also spent the day getting used to racing.
veteran, but still only a teenager, Phillip Stilwell made the long trek
north to try out his new boat. The old "Fastway Couriers" Hoffman tunnel
boat now known as "Dupont Auto Finishes" saw a major rebuild this winter by
Phil and his Dad Pete, and now sports a driver capsule, they had a few fuel
delivery problems, but they already have that sorted and are rearing to get
into the season proper. Great to see these 3 teenagers with well presented
and sponsored boats out running early in the season, they were joined by one
of the 'old' men in F3 Geoff Morrish in "Holiday Outboards" and all 4 F3
drivers had a win each on the day in the mixture of handicap and scratch
Also out on the water for a shakedown run was our new Driver Rescue Boat
that has been custom built for the N.Z.P.B.A by Ramco Boats in Hamilton.
Unveiled at conference, the boat is very near completion and with the
addition of a few minor pieces will be ready for this season. Initial trials
of the boat went extremely well.
Check our gallery for a few pics from this event.
Hydroplane Championships are all go.
Both the UIM Grand Prix and 2.5litre Modified hydroplane world championships
will be run here in NZ this coming season.
The UIM (World Governing body)has agreed to the changes requested by the NZ
Mod-H drivers club to the rules of the World 2.5 litre Modified hydroplane
class so that the local 3 litre boats can compete in this event, programmed
to run in conjunction with the World GP hydro championships at Lake Karapiro
in early February 2006. The GP drivers club and the Mod H club are currently
in talks with a number of teams and are hoping to get some commitment from
international entrants in the very near future.
Longtime Wanganui Motor Boat Club member and racer Bruce
Carlyon passed away on Wednesday 14th of September. His funeral will be held
at Dempsey & Forrest, 208 Guyton St, Wanganui, this Saturday (the 17th) at
2pm. Bruce will be remembered by many by his boats, the very quick
Supercharged 2 litre hydroplane "Dyno" in the late 70's and early 80's
before he switched over to the outboard classes where he finished his racing
career. In his last few years of racing he ran his Tennesee tunnel deck "Hot
Ice" with Evinrude CCC power in the old Y class (Unlimited Outboard Vee
Bottom) with great success.
8th Sept '05
Our sports 58th National AGM and conference was held in
Rotorua late July and now with race dates finally sorted I figure it is
about time I got this update finished.
Our Association now has a new President, James Knight who stood un-opposed
for the seat vacated by the retiring Dennis Dustin. Jamie has been in the
position of Vice President for the last two years and has spent a number of
years racing and as an official in the Central Zone.
Dennis will stay on the Executive commitee as Immediate Past President and
also retains his role as NZPBA delegate. The executive nominated Dennis
Dustin as a life member of the Association in recognition of his many years
of service to our sport and this was accepted by the conference.
The Vice President's postion was the one with the most nominations, with the
final vote going to Bryan Denham to fill the position for the coming year.
Bernie Walsh is again our Patron and the zone delegates to the national
executive are now Allan Dennis and Geoff Robinson for Northern Zone, Ken
Marshall and myself for Central Zone and John Ryan and Ben Ryan for the
Southern Zone. Shirley Wotton and Peter McLeod both return to their
positions as Treasurer and Secretary/Boat Registrar respectively and Denise
Moughan also returns as our second delegate to the Federation.
Also at conference we were able to view the new rescue craft in the flesh, a
boat that has been custom built for us by Ramco boats in Hamilton. This boat
is currently undergoing trials and finishing touches and will be at all
major regattas this season.
At the Saturday night dinner, Dennis was duly awarded with Life Membership
of the Association and also presented with a plaque by the NZGP Drivers club
for service to our sport and in particular his efforts for the GP club over
many seasons. Presentations were also made to Darryl Friend for achieving
his 100mph and 200kph awards, and Mike Ryan was awarded his 100mph award for
speeds achieved across the flying kilo's in the past season.
The now finalised race calender will be up on this site in the next few
days. Highlights include the NZ Nationals 2006 hosted by the Southern Zone
at Lake Kaniere on February 18th and 19th, Wellington hosting the Matt
Morrison Memorial at Easter, Manawatu hosting the Carl Augstine 2 litre
Challenge at the Gold Cup in January 21-22, and the AE Baker
to be run on Blue Lakes February 11-12th. And last and definately not least,
the UIM World Champs for GP and Mod Hydro will be held at Lake Karapiro on
February 4th-5th. Wanganui will hold the qualifying for the GP Worlds on the
Check back here in the next few days as the official and
complete calendar including Island championships will be up soon.
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