The American d river Bill Elswick set a new record in winning the Toyota Powerboat Grand Prix over the 240-mile (400 kms) course off the southern coast of England from Cowes,, Isle of Wight, to Torquay and back.
LV & GV PAN Race starts (2 shots)
LV PAN Winner Satisfaction passing
LV PAN No. 121 Toleman Group passing
GV PAN Other boat s pass, led by NO. 39, Dry Martini, with helicopter flying overhead
GV Powerboat through rough water past yachts
LV PAN No.80, Limit Up passing
SV PAN & CU No. 62 Gold Rush passing with views from cock-pit (3 shots)
GV Royal Yacht Club at Cowes with spectators viewing race from boats (2 shots)
CU PAN Satisfaction finishing first
SV PAN Toleman Group finishing second
LV & CU Spectators on boat watch garlanded winner Bill Elswick and wife
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Background: The American d river Bill Elswick set a new record in winning the Toyota Powerboat Grand Prix over the 240-mile (400 kms) course off the southern coast of England from Cowes,, Isle of Wight, to Torquay and back. The race was held on Saturday (23 August) in choppy seas, but Elswick covered and course at an average speech of 79.9 miles an hour (128 kms per hour).
SYNOPSIS: Nineteen powerboats began the race -- generally regarded as the toughest test of boats and drivers in the international calender. Ahead of them lay 240 miles (400 kms) of coastal waters and over three hours of gruelling driving.
Bill Elswick's boat Satisfaction was among the early leaders...with Ted Toleman's Toleman Group well placed.
Many of the boats were driven by engines of up to 1200 horsepower which pushed them through the sometimes very rough water at speeds approaching 80 miles an hour (128 k.p.h.).
Late starter Mike Doxford driving Limit Up hammered through the field to take the lead as the race reached the halfway stage. And as the boats turned to head back towards Cowes, a glimpse of what powerboat racing looks like, to a driver....
Members of the Royal Yacht Club at Cowes watched from the balcony as the race leaders headed for the winning line. And first, was Satisfaction... a winner de spite having been damaged in the hull only days before the race.
Ted Toleman's Toleman Group held on for second place. He had lost the tips of his bot's propellers when leading.
And when the race was over, Bill Elswick took the laurels.