Some of the world's largest and most powerful speed boats competed in the Atlantic waters off the New Jersey coast of the eastern United States on Wednesday for prize money of more than 25,000 U.
Some of the world's largest and most powerful speed boats competed in the Atlantic waters off the New Jersey coast of the eastern United States on Wednesday for prize money of more than 25,000 U.S. dollars (GBP 10,000 sterling).
The fourth Hennessey Grand Prix at Atlantic City, New Jersey, was won by Art Norris in a 36-foot (12-metre) super powerboat.
The Grand Prix lived up to its reputation as a "Millionaires race" with the burning out of Dominic Visconti's boat, "Popeye", which was carrying four hundred gallons of fuel. The boat was burned to the water-line and the three crewmen had a narrow escape.
The cost of the boats competing in the race ranged from 50,000 to 80,000 dollars U.S. (GBP 20,000 to GBP 32,000 sterling).
Art Norris went into the lead after Barry Cordingly and Carlo Bonomi -- who's the current world champion -- dropped out of the race. Norris was left to battle it out with Bill Martin. He won by a clear 15 seconds, and set a new record time for the race.
Tens of thousands of spectators packed the Atlantic City coastline to watch the race, which is part of the American Power Boat Association National championship circuit.
Last year's winner, Dr. Robert Magoon, did not compete this year. Instead, he flagged the competitors away.