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Offshore Class 3 – The history by Ray Bulman

I have always been a huge fan of Offshore Class 3 racing. Whilst chatting with Kerry Bobin recently, who oversaw his son Jack’s UIM Class 3A World Championship win in Norway last year, he asked me, ‘What are the chances of Ray Bulman writing an article about the history of the Class’? ‘He was there from Day One’. I rang the 87 year old journalist / Bon Viveur, ‘How much is he going to pay me? My state pension isn’t covering the cost of my Mobility Scooter’! With thanks to the oldest powerboat racing journalist on the Planet, Ray Bulman and Kerry Bobin for putting this project together, here is part 1 of the article. It began almost as a joke. It was early in 1962 that the late Geoff Tobert (left) wagered boat builder Clive Curtis (Co-Founder of Cougar Marine and father of 8 time…

Ken Thorne has passed away

Ken Thorne has passed away at the age of 75. Thorne a larger than life business man and powerboat racer courted controversy and praise in equal measure throughout his colourful life. In the late 1990’s, his World of Cars super-sites in Wales were selling hundreds of used cars a month from 2 huge sites. World of Cars were heavily involved in charitable trust work and sponsorship of football and ice-hockey teams. Thorne raced in the UIM Class One Championship with Italian Matteo Nicolini, a series he loved, his presence at the UIM Class One Championship in Abu Dhabi last November was enjoyed by all. Fiona Pascoe was working at that event; I was with Ken in Abu Dhabi at the Class 1 racing recently, he was full of his typical Welsh charisma and attitude. The Pascoe family have had brilliant times with Ken…

Aussie Grant Trask Joins Emirates Team For World F1 Series

Australian F1 Pilot Grant Trask has announced that he will be contesting the entire F1H20 UIM World Championship in 2017. The 27 year old Trask has signed on with the highly acclaimed Emirates Racing team and will partner the lead pilot Ahmed Al Hameli. With a successful career racing F1 powerboats in Australia, Grant Trask made an impressive debut on the world stage, racing in the final two rounds of the 2016 series. At the Abu Dhabi and then Sharjah GPs Grant Trask finished 12th and sixth respectively. As a rookie on the world stage, debut performances rarely come any better. The first round of the seven event F1H20 UIM World Championship will be held in Portugal on April 22/23 2017. Grant Trask will join the Emirates Team in San Nazzaro, Italy for testing at the beginning of April.

2016 UK ThunderCat Racing Awards Evening

Over 100 guests from the M2M Racing Club and the UK ThunderCat Racing community converged on the Potters Heron Hotel, Southampton last night to celebrate their 2016 season. Rob Davies and Darren Phillips from Wales were officially crowned as the 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Champions in only their second year of racing. The determined team had faced stiff competition from eventual runners up Multispark Racing, (Gary Tolman and Scott Brown) all season. Simon Matthews attended the Awards Evening jet-lagged, having just flown back from Sri Lanka where he had been training Lanka Powerboat Association prospective ThunderCat Racers. Matthews with co-driver Martin Jerome claimed their third place in the overall 2016 Championship. Awards 2016 Microlink ThunderCat Racing Championship 1st) #22 Microlink – Ahmad Tea Rob Davies and Darren Phillips 2nd) #61 Multispark Racing Gary Tolman and Scott Brown 3rd) #26 Seavacation Simon…

The most powerful engine ever produced by Mercury Racing – 1750 Competition

Mercury Racing today proudly showed the most powerful engine every produced by the company at the Miami Boat Show – The 1750 Competition. Senior Marketing Manager at Mercury Racing, Rick Mackie said; Our new QC4v 1750 Competition sterndrive raises the bar of offshore powerboat racing. Producing an astounding one thousand seven hundred and fifty horsepower, the most powerful engine ever produced by Mercury Racing offers massive torque for unmatched acceleration and top-end speeds. The 1750 sports a bold new color package which differentiates it from its consumer QC4v siblings.

Mercury Racing announce 400R Carbon Edition at the Miami Boat Show

Mercury Racing announced its latest addition to the 400R outboard family – The ‘Carbon Edition’ at the Miami Boat Show today. Senior Marketing Manager at Mercury Racing, Rick Mackie said; We are very proud to reveal the 400R Carbon Edition, an exotic high performance Verado outboard featuring contemporary layered surfacing sculpted out of lightweight carbon fiber composite. Carbon Edition 400Rs share all of the industry leading performance characteristics and creature comforts of its Phantom Black and Cold Fusion White 400R siblings, while providing a an even higher level of luxury with this bold, aggressive visual treatment. To push the package along, a new CNC Outboard Cleaver has been developed for the 400R consumer performance outboards and the 400 ROS competition outboard. The precision machined five blade CNC outboard propeller is designed to maximise top-end speed on performance hulls powered by 400R and…

UIM and Bund Holding announce partnership

The UIM has announced today a major new partnership agreement with China’s BUND Holding Group. Confirmed and agreed between UIM President Dr Raffaele Chiulli and BUND Holding Group President Xin Chongjie, the backing will start with the BUND group’s sponsorship of the UIM Awards Giving Gala on March 4th. UIM President Dr Chiulli commented on the partnership; On behalf of the UIM, I am honoured and delighted to enter in to this new partnership agreement with BUND Holding Group. The group has been a key supporter of powerboat activities, most notably the Aquabike Class Pro World Championship and the Nations Cup World Series Grand Prix of Shanghai. That successful support has helped boost powerboat racing in one of the world’s most dynamic markets meaning an ongoing partnership between the UIM and BUND Holding can only be of benefit to the sport both…

Wanted! Powerboat racing crew for P1 Inverclyde boat

The search is underway in Scotland for a powerboat racing crew to compete in this year’s P1 SuperStock UK Championship, a four-venue race series that will include the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea in Greenock on 24-25 June co-hosted by Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde. The crew of driver and navigator will race the Inverclyde-branded P1 Panther powerboat in the one-design national championship. The 28ft ‘Spirit of Inverclyde’ race boat will once again fly the flag for Inverclyde and Scotland at every round of the championship which gets underway in Aalborg, Denmark before heading to the Clyde and then Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, with Scarborough staging the season finale in September. P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks says; This will be an amazing opportunity for suitably qualified Scottish residents to apply to race across the summer, including competing…

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