On Saturday (10 June) the longest power boat race in history starts from London. The?
On Saturday (10 June) the longest power boat race in history starts from London. The race--to Monte Carlo--will cover more than 3,000 miles in 14 days.
The race runs to Southampton, across the Channel to Brest, down the coasts of France and Portugal, through the Straits of Gibraltar and on up Spain's Mediterranean coat to Monte Carlo.
Among the contenders will be "H.T.S.", Ralph Milton's boat which holds the World Water Speed Record for Class IT cabin powerboats. Other entrants include two identical boats--Gee and Kamenga; 45 feet long and powered by four 250 bhp diesel engines putting out 1,000 h.po. They each weigh close to ten tons, and because of their size and weight are able to maintain high speeds in rough seas.
Kamenga will be piloted by Timo Makinen, the Finnish rally driver who has already achieved international fame. In a sound-on-film interview in this production, he says driving is his business--and power-boat racing is a hobby.