On Saturday (10 June) the longest power boat race in history starts from London. The?
MV ZOOM BACK TO GTV "Countess of Aran" over water
STV & GTV "Gee" over water (6 shots)
MV Interview with Timo Makinen.
SOUND STARTS: "I like power racing...."
SOUND ENDS: "....is my hobby."
STV ZOOM TO TV "Gee" away.
MAKINEN: "I like power racing when we have very very rough sea. In a calm sea (INDISTINCT), but in a rough sea., I really love it. Very very fun. The boat is forty-five feet long and very heavy, almost ten-ton, you don't jump so much. In a big power boat, you are standing up, and it is quite easy. But in a small boat, you are sitting down and you are hitting very hard."
REPORTER: "Does it get boring?"
MAKINEN: "Not really, no. I think it is very interesting. They're starting all boats together every morning from the harbour, and you are going off-shore getting rougher and rougher. You see who is lifting first and which boat and river (INDISTICT)."
REPORTER: "If you had it your way, which would you would prefer to do, rally cars or power boating?"
MAKINEN: "Rally cars is my business and power boat racing is my hobby."
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Background: 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.