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    On Sunday on the river Thames in London, twenty amateur hovercraft builders proved their skills in a race.

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    On Sunday on the river Thames in London, twenty amateur hovercraft builders proved their skills in a race.

    The models taking part were all vastly different, but all based on the simple original principle - a cushion of air. It's a principle the British claim to have invented, so hovercraft building has really caught on with the British do-it-yourself men.

    The winning machine in the race cost about three hundred pounds (720 U.S. dollars) to build.

    SYNOPSIS: On the Thames in London on Sunday, amateur hovercraft builders attempted to prove their skills in a race. The British claim to have invented the hovercraft principle-a cushion of air on which the craft can cover land or sea - and one attraction of it is that the enthusiastic amateur can easily build his own machine. There were twenty models entered: all vastly different, whether tiny and open to the elements, or large with sophisticated - looking wheelhouse. In Britain even groups of schoolboys have succeeded in building quite efficient hovercraft.

    Not all the amateur craft were trouble-free however on Sunday - some faced an early let-down, when heats proved too taxing. Five were left for the final, between Fulham and Battersea in South London.

    As well as a test of durability, it was as test of manoeuvring skill with some of the craft showing extraordinary capabilities. The owner of the fastest home-made hovercraft over five laps gave a victory turn in a machine he made for about three hundred pounds (720 U.S. dollars).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3BQJALFMF61OYHUCIWZK6HW6N
    Media URN:
    VLVA3BQJALFMF61OYHUCIWZK6HW6N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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