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Coniston Records Week – Day 3

Tom Williams-Hawkes, the chef from Topsham in Devon set a new P750 Modified World Record at 71.37 mph.

The ThunderCat racer with co-driver Ben Backhouse who normally excels in Endurance type races added top speed to his CV on the lake today.

‘We did plenty of damage to the engine during attempts on Monday and Tuesday and even had to have spare parts couriered to the Lake’.

‘They arrived just in time today for us to make the record breaking run’.

Williams-Hawkes didn’t have time to celebrate, he had to return to his Topsham kitchen at The Salutation Inn.


Matt Palfreyman returned to the lake today after attending a business meeting in Ireland yesterday.

He is aiming at the UIM F2 World Record of 132 mph, however his best so far is 120.

I can’t get the hull to ‘release’.
If I could get it unstuck from the water, I’m sure I can hit 135 mph.

Tom Montgomery-Swan had spent most of the Event being interviewed by various television stations. The media sensation from Exeter in Devon did find time to get away from the press frenzy to post an impressive 89.21 mph in Marathon Class C.

He took the National Record set yesterday by Blastoff Racing although didn’t qualify for a World Record.

I tried to get a quote from Montgomery-Swan straight after the run but was told my peoople should speak to his people for a time slot.

The conditions certainly didn’t suit all and with the prospect of some wind tomorrow, perhaps Palfreyman and the Offshore boats can raise their speeds.

Records subject to ratification by National Governing Bodies and the UIM

Photos: Tim Tapping

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