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New Zealand Power Boat Association History Page One
If you have anything to add to the page then Email the Secretary Hopefully this page will feature lots of Pictures and some Information from the Past of the NZPBA.

NZPBA Historian
The New Zealand Power Boat Association is pleased to be working with Merv Snowden. If you have any NZPBA historical memorabilia including club newsletters, magazines, photos or other related material that we can have or borrow, copy and returned to you, please contact the Historian nzpbahistorian@nzpba.com


21st May 2014 - Images from the Richard Smith Collection

Richard Smith "Conquero" lake Karapiro?
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Colin Gapper, "Tempo Too"

"Wee Imp" and others at the Heretaunga Power Boat Clubs Clive Regatta.

Over 20 boats in this 1967 Certificate at Lake Papaitonga, Ohau

Big Crowds at Lake Papaitonga, Ohau

1967 March, M. Dixon "Hi Com" at Wellington

19th Manawatu Regatta at Lake Papaitonga Ohau.

"Voo Doo", "Tempo Too" and "Knightmare".

Richard Smith "Voodoo".

Blue Lake?

"Conquero".

"Conquero".

"Conquero".

"Conquero"

"Conquero"


"Knightmare", Lake Karapiro

An Old AGM Conference Photo

4th May 2014 - Inboard Hydros 75 - 100 Cubic Inch

Gaylee, 1500cc Cortina Engine, early 60's.
Photo by Gordon Sowden
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"Gaylee"
Photo by Gordon Sowden

Grey Angel II, 2014. Around 60 years of age.

Hot Spot

Mach I

Mia Lafia, Humber 89 mid 60's
Photo by Gordon Sowden

"Moonraker" Rotoiti 1967

"Miss Cathie"

"Miss Cathie"

Nauti Lass II"

"Nauti Lass II"

Pall Mall", Ellesmere, 1970.

"Pall Mall", Estuary, 1971.

Palomine", 1972.

"Que Sera"

Team Lexicon III 1971

27th April 2014 - Inboard Hydros 75 - 100 Cubic Inch

Frank Gatland "Forty Four" 1500cc Conventry Climax 97mph early 60's.
Photo by Gordon Sowden

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"Forty Four"

1961 North Island 140ci Championship




"Something II"


"Temptress" 1500cc Lotus Cortina

Neil Stuart "Avanti" 1972

Neil Stuart "Avanti" 1973

"Vixen" Ford V6 from the early 60's
Photo by Gordon Sowden

9th April 2014 - April 1975
From the scrapbooks of Dick Henn

Frank Parker in "Vendetta" and Murry Weir in "Dr Zhivago.
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Norm Bengesten "Superfly".

Peter Palmer in "Ovation"
Matt Morrison in "Avalanche II".

Newspaper Article.

Newspaper Article.

Dennis Woodman "Turtle"

8th April 2014 - Mercedes


The Race Boat "Mercedes" from 1952 era
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New Brighton Power Boat Club "Mercedes" they built them big back then.

Powered by a 750hp Rolls Royce Kestrel Engine.

8th January 2014 - Jack Ryan NZPBA Life Member  
From Tony Hall & John Ryan(words) & Lester Connor (photos).


Jack standing beside a Miss Cathie at the Estuary, with a 2.5 liter Daimler V8 in it. This boat did 101 mph on the Estuary in 1966.
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Jack driving Miss Cathie, with a brand new Sunbeam Alpine in it, at the Estuary in New Brighton in 1964.

Jack Driving a Grey Nurse racing alongside Arnold Johnson in Atom 11 at Lake Forsyth in 1963.
This boat was the original Bel Air, that Peter Knight Snr first raced. Jack had spent some time working on repairing Peter Snr's Bel Air the hydro & as he had no boat to race at that stage, somehow he ended up with this Grey Nurse.

Jack at Lake Rotoiti in 1982 with Mainland Miss, This is probably the boat Jack is most remembered for.

An interesting note here is that Jack had not intended to go racing at all & was a local life guard. He was biking home one Saturday, when he heard Don Hall's Tempest 5 running on the estuary in about 1953. ( about 60 mph.) He biked into the event & was so amazed by the shape & the way Tempest 5 was running, he decided that when he could, he would have a go at racing. The rest is History.

28th November 2013 - A Bit More History
From Tony Hall (words) & Lester Connor (photos).


Aquanaut (Bill Patterson) this was powered by an Allison W.W.11 aircraft engine.
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Red Head & this photo really shows the stepped front of the hydro working well on the craft.
In the background is Mistic Miss.

The first Bel Air & this is important as most people only remember Peter Knight Snr driving Hydro's.
This is the boat that often stayed at my house in Blenheim when I was only a kid. I remember being allowed to sit in it & thinking that when I grow up,
I want a boat just like this one!! I can't have grown up yet, as I still race a hydro.

This says publication unknown, but I think this was in Sea Spray Magazine, I was there the day that both this boats sunk in Picton.
I was also there when Len Southward, said to leave the boat on the bottom of the harbor. The actual reason was he had arranged to go fishing on the
Monday. So the boat was lifted from the bottom by a Harbor Board launch / tug on the Tuesday.

This is a photo of Lester Connor's father's boat being turned over at the Estuary in Christchurch. The Estuary was too shallow to turn boats over, so they
were towed in upside down & then turned over.

14th November 2013 - A bit of History
From Tony Hall & Lester Connor.


Pelorus Jack driven by W Buckman as the Boat won its 6th Masport Cup. And the Inspiration for the Pelorus Jack Trophy
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Red Head, a stepped Hydro.

Pelorus Jack was still racing in the early 50s.

Miss Print (Doug Cameron) which did 149mph in the 70s.
Miss Print was the best presented Hydroplane, I have ever seen. This boat won the Pelorus Jack cup about 4 times in the 70s.
An earlier Flat bottom Miss Print, is still on the bottom of Lake Karapiro, from memory this went down in about 1969.

D. Hall Tempest V also won it several times in the early 50s.

In the 60s Tru Jen came along & a few years latter Aquanaut, a flattie type with a similar Allionsion engine to Tru Jen. These boats dominated the Pelorus Jack Cup for over 3 decades.

Juella II a 1650cc Ryan Craft from the 60s & 70s (John Stokes. N.B. Club.)
At one of the early Nationals 103 boats had entered & Juella won The 1650 class, the 3000cc class, the 5000cc class & the Unlimited flattie class.
John did this through pure reliability, this I don't think has ever happened since.
I was there the day that Juella finally fell to bits in the late 70s & John then retired from racing, but stayed involved for many years afterwards.
His brother Peter Stokes, kept racing Brer Fox till the 80s.

History Archive
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NZPBA History Video Page




New Brighton Power Boat Clubrooms Scans




History Images & Articles Page One




History Images & Articles Page Two



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