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26 Re: Trivia on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 4:03 am

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One last clue then. Cettien.

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27 Re: Trivia on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 4:23 am

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I will let someone else get this but would initials be H.M?

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28 Re: Trivia on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 4:28 am

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Well the M is right.

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29 Re: Trivia on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 4:52 am

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30 Re: Trivia on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 5:16 am

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No, but you are very, very close.( Besides, Harry was not particularly young. And he was well off with a succesful business as you had to be then, as now, to run at the top end)

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31 Hmmm on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 5:53 am

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Was the record set in the boat with the name Cettien or sunray II

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32 Re: Trivia on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 5:59 am

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Norman Tompkins was going to give it a crack on Lake Maq he was only 18, but I can seem to find any records to state if he did? SunRay II, please tell me it was him

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33 Re: Trivia on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 6:16 am

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You were very, very close and went off on a tangent
The answer is Harry Mc Evoy's only daughter, Tien (short for Cettien) who when still 15 set the Oz record at 67.9 over the mile in 1935. Tien was born on Oct 9, 1919 and died in Penrith hospital aged only 64 0n May 12,1984. Google Tien McEvoy and you will find an article re a very handsome gift to her from St George MBC in 1935.
As for Sunray 11 it did get the record (83 I think) in 45 or 46, ie Tien's rcord stood for 10 years. AND this boat was Cettien re-named and re-engined with a Merlin. It was a very dangerous boat and kept revolving eround the prop shaft as it could not handle the power/torque. Cettien origially had a 450 hp motor. It was retired before someone got seriously hurt.

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35 Re: Trivia on Fri 30 Apr 2010, 6:30 am

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Well I'm tired now and will go to bed with a hot cocoa and take my nasty pill and see what I can come up with in the morning.

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36 Re: Trivia on Sat 01 May 2010, 5:22 am

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The Oz 4.5 L side valve displacement record is 102.13 kph (63.46 mph) Scrubcat IV, 1967 and the NSW rec 86.95 kph (54.03 mph) Maureen IV, 1972.
If truth be told and justice done, both these should be replaced by just one boat at a higher speed.
Boat and speed?

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37 Re: Trivia on Thu 06 May 2010, 5:42 pm

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Who's going to have a crack at it?

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38 Re: Trivia on Fri 07 May 2010, 6:02 am

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There is one forum member at least who should eat this one. In any case had decided to pull the plug on it tomorrow, Saturday.

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39 Re: Trivia on Sat 08 May 2010, 4:03 am

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Answer: The Lewis skiff Fox back in July 1950. Over the mile on Kogarah Bay, 68.05 mph (109.52 kph) for Oz and NSW 255ci and ul displacement record. Ron Hodge who rode shotgun in the boat is still with us and in 2004 published My Years with the Lewis Bros, 1946 to 1968. Engine was a Dodge 6 sv.
When the APBA created the "new" class all that went before was swept away. There are a few oldies out there who would like justice done.
Someone else can put the next question.

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40 Re: Trivia on Sat 15 May 2010, 12:35 pm

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OK, I'll give it a shot. It's pretty easy 'though ........ name this boat.

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41 Re: Trivia on Sun 16 May 2010, 2:33 am

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Although its not a merlin, that looks suspiciously like a Rolls Royce V12 in the back of that. Most probably a meteor. I'll have to do some research into what boats have had Rolls Royce Meteors in them.

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42 Re: Trivia on Mon 17 May 2010, 3:55 am

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Agree with Spook, looks like RR V12 and recent too. Hmmmm. Easy for you but it beats me. Ray Jones , where are you when we need you?

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43 Re: Trivia on Mon 17 May 2010, 8:08 am

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Guess anythying is easy if you know about it. You've just about nailed it oletyma. In fact, this might be a trick question 'cause i don't know if the boat was ever given a name. Now for a dead (pardon the pun) give away, here's another photo.

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44 Re: Trivia on Mon 17 May 2010, 10:23 am

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Now there's something interesting, the prop is offset under the boat. To the left. An interesting concept on a log boat.

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45 Re: Trivia on Mon 17 May 2010, 11:02 am

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Well spotted Bob. Actually it was to be a twin screw boat. Ray Jones was in the process of building a gearbox for it, input in the centre, output on either side. Not sure what's happening with the boat now that ray is no longer with us.

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46 Re: Trivia on Tue 18 May 2010, 5:22 am

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Had my suspicions but could not remember the colour even though I looked at the boat with Ray only a couple of weeks before the end. He never mentioned a name to me . And yes , two props counter rotating and a huge step up in the box. He was enthusiastic to the last.
I've never asked but could find out what became of the boat but only if there is real interest, not idle curiosity.

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47 Re: Trivia on Tue 18 May 2010, 9:22 am

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So, technically speaking, the question wasn't answered, so I get to go again. Same deal, name this boat.

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48 Re: Trivia on Wed 19 May 2010, 3:29 am

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The former NZ Griffith Cup winner, "Redhead"

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49 Re: Trivia on Wed 19 May 2010, 4:06 am

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Yep, that's right. "The first boat in Australasia to exceed 100 mph on water, 101.26 mph on 22nd February, 1953, on Wellington Harbour". The boat is now (or was last time I was there) in the (Sir Len) Southward Museum just a bit out of Wellington NZ

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50 Re: Trivia on Thu 20 May 2010, 9:52 am

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That looks like a nasty little problem that that propeller shaft and prop have experienced.

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