Ian Driver -- marine engineer, naval architect and boat racing expert -- is a young Briton in a hurry.
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Background: Ian Driver -- marine engineer, naval architect and boat racing expert -- is a young Briton in a hurry.
Driver, a 27-year-old symbol of youthful success, is managing director of three British marine firms and a technical advisor to some of britain's fastest international power boat challengers. He will be abroad the "Giovannna", a turbocharged cruiser powered by Perkins 6.354 diesels, competing for honors in the Miami-Nassau offshore race to be run April 8.
Beginning his education at a grammar school in Walsall, England, Driver left there when he was 17 to commence a seven-year apprenticeship with an engineering and shipbuilding firm on the Isle of Wight. During his apprenticeship, he also studied naval architecture at Southampton University.
In 1960, Driver joined his family's marine business in Aldridge, england, and two years later formed a new subsidiary, Driver Marine Limited, to design and build offshore power boats.
Result of the new enterprise was the designing and production of Britain's "Black Marlin" class of power boats. The prototype "Black Marlin" was raced successfully last year, winning four trophies in the Cresta Power Boat Race and its class in the Royal southern Power Boat Race.