One hundred end fifty model power boat enthusiasts were in the town of Langrange, Illinois recently, for a four-day championship event.
One hundred end fifty model power boat enthusiasts were in the town of Langrange, Illinois recently, for a four-day championship event. There were thrills galore and a few spills during the championships, which brought together some of the most spectacular model boats from Canada and the Untied States.
Although the boats themselves are small, they're far from being toys. The cheapest racer at Langrance cost it owner three hundred dollars (GBP 120 sterling). The models are controlled remotely and powered by model aircraft engines, burning a mixture of alcohol, caster oil and nitro - methane. And to prevent overheating, each engine is fitted with a miniature, yet sophisticated, water cooling system.
Two general classes of racers were going through their paces during the event - the hydroplane, which is the faster, and the monoplane. Over the one-sixteenth of a mile (one-tenth of a kilometers) course, the world's fastest hydroplane has clocked 74 miles an hour (119 km).
The world record for a mong is 53 miles an hour (85 km).
Among the spills was one spectacular crash at 60 miles on hour (96,5 km). However, the advantage of model power boat racing is that there are no physical casualties - just the occasional bruised ego.
A transcript of the commentary by Television News Inc. reporter Ted Lamb and the comments on film by model boat owners appear overleaf.