• Short Summary

    The annual Lake Havasu, Arizona, out-board motorboat world championship was won by US driver Johnnie Sanders, Sunday (26 November).

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    The annual Lake Havasu, Arizona, out-board motorboat world championship was won by US driver Johnnie Sanders, Sunday (26 November). He covered the 696-mile (1,200 km) course at a record speed of 87 miles per hour (140 k.p.h.).

    More than 70,000 spectators lined the lake - the new site of London Bridge - to watch the final day of the two-day event.

    Seventy-nine boats took part in the race, and the victory gave the winning driver a purse of 18,000 dollars (7,200 pounds sterling).

    At Lake Havasu, Arizona - the new home of London Bridge - seventy-nine racing boats started the final day of the two-day world out-board championships, Sunday.

    The drivers were competing over a course that extended for six-hundred and ninety-six miles around the lake, proving a test for both man and machines. The event attracted drivers from all over the world competing for the first prize money of eighteen-thousand dollars.

    The boats covered the course in record time, hitting speeds of almost a hundred miles an hour (160 k.p.h).

    The winning boat was driven by Johnnie Sanders from the U.S. He averaged eighty-seven miles per hour over the course. Sanders crossed the finish line just forty-one seconds ahead of his closest challenger, while more than seventy-thousand spectators were lining the shore of the lake to see the record-breaking race. The winning boat was seventeen-feet long (about five metres) and powered by a two-hundred horsepower engine.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACOEOAEPRWEKJL99XAON647Y4B
    Media URN:
    VLVACOEOAEPRWEKJL99XAON647Y4B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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