Competitors from twelve nations gathered at England's Bristol Docks on Saturday (30 June) for the first day of one of Europe's great powerboat races -- the Embassy Grand Prix.
GV Bristol docks
SV PAN Boats on quay being prepared
SCU Dierckx (Belg) in stetson
SV Van de Velden (Holland) beside his boat No. 1
GV PAN Start of Formula One Race
LV PAN boats race around harbour PAN ON No. 1 (van de Velden)
LV No. 22 (Hering, USA) overtakes another boat
SV PAN No. 20 (Jimbo McConnell, USA) racing past
LV Van de Velden racing
LV PAN Hering races
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Leader board showing Horing in lead from van de Velden with McConnell in 4th place, ZOOM BACK showing boats racing
SV PAN Hering in lead
SV PAN van de Velden in pursuit
LV Leader board showing No. 22 leading from No. 1
SV PAN Hering drives past wearing laurels and waving
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Background: Competitors from twelve nations gathered at England's Bristol Docks on Saturday (30 June) for the first day of one of Europe's great powerboat races -- the Embassy Grand Prix.
The two day event was expected to draw crowds of 50,000 on each day, and more than two miles of safety barriers were erected along the edge of the docks in Bristol's city centre.
The top class boats -- the Formula one racers -- reached speeds of up to one-hundred-miles an hour (160 kilometres) over the three kilometres course (just under two miles).
Now in its second year, the Embassy Grand Prix is rated by some experts as on-par with the two major events in powerboat racing, the Paris six-hour race and the Outboard World Championships in Arizona.
The Bristol Docks provide a testing course for the event. With a total width of 120 feet (36 metres), the layout sends boats passing each other in opposite directions at speeds of around one-hundred-miles an hour. As well, turbulence from propellors can bring sunken debris floating to the surface.
In the first day's Formula One Race, a United States professional driver, Bob Hering, swept to the lead in a Molinari Special.