More than 30 sports hovercraft took part in a "grand prix" race meeting at Aylesford Lake in Kent in England on Sunday (29 May).
TOP VIEW PAN AND CUs Men preparing hovercraft for race in Kent, U.K. (3 shots)
SV Official starting race
SV PAN Hovercraft starting from beach and into water
SV Hovercraft racing around buoys (2 shots)
LVs PAN Boats racing across beach and back into water (2 shots)
CU No 177 racing around buoy
SV Hovercraft racing across beach
GV TOP VIEW PAN Boats racing through water around buoys (2 shots)
SV Boat 195 receiving chequered flag
SV & CU Women watching and other craft crossing finishing line (2 shots)
SV Crew on raft
SPORT: HOVERCRAFT RACING
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Background: More than 30 sports hovercraft took part in a "grand prix" race meeting at Aylesford Lake in Kent in England on Sunday (29 May). The event was arranged to mark the Queen's jubilee celebrations.
SYNOPSIS: The race was organised by the Hoverclub of Great Britain. They say the hovercraft is one of the outstanding British inventions of the past 25 years, and it should be featured in jubilee year.
Most of the hovercraft that crossed the starting line were British, and many were home built. It was the biggest hovercraft gathering organised in Britain this year, and the craft faced tough courses.
One of the entries built by an amateur enthusiast was "The Custard Beast". The cost of the hovercraft range from 200 to 800 pounds sterling.
The British Hoverclub was formed in 1967 and the craft which took part this year are vastly different to the lumbering, ten miles an hour (16 kilometres per hour) forerunners which attended the first meet.
The major event was won by a south Wales entry called "Scarab Ten" driven by Brian Bucknall.
As if to show what water transport used to be like, a raft race was included in the celebrations.