Earthrace to be at British Motor Show

Fresh from round the world record bid

Earthrace, the boat about to attempt to break the Round the World Powerboat Record, will be exhibited at the British Motor Show at ExCeL this summer.

The deal has been organised by National Boat Shows, the team behind the London Boat Show, who are also putting together other extensive marine exhibits at the show.

For the first time the motor show will feature a marina on the dock with a wide range of craft shown, as well as land-based feature and Try-a-Boat activities.

The show runs from 23 July to 3 August 2008.

Earthrace will be at the show fresh from her record attempt.

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She leaves Valencia at the end of this month in her second bid to break the 75 days set by British boat Cable & Wireless Adventurer in 1998.

The first, last year, was beset with problems and marred by tragedy when the boat collided with a Guatamalan fishing skiff, killing one of the fishermen.

Earthrace is powered by biodiesel and claims to be an entirely carbon neutral project.

Skipper of Earthrace Pete Bethune, from New Zealand, says: “We’re concentrating on the world record at this time, but it’ll be fantastic to be able to show Earthrace at the Motor Show.

“The main reason we’re doing all this is to stimulate debate around the use of biodiesel and other renewable fuels, and car enthusiasts and manufacturers are a key target for us.

“Breaking the world record is our way of proving the viability of biofuel and we’re looking forward to some interesting conversations with visitors at the show.”

Managing Director of National Boat Shows, Andrew Williams, says: “We are honoured to be welcoming Earthrace to British waters after her world record attempt.

“As well as being a great visitor attraction, she brings to attention topical environmental debates, relevant to both boating and motoring enthusiasts.

“Earthrace will make an exciting addition to an extremely attractive line up.” 


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