...at Earls Court show
Powerboat fans will have plenty to see and do at the upcoming Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show, with a dedicated Powerboat Village at the event set up by the Honda Formula 4-Stroke series.
There will be a display of powerboats past and present, including series champions Negotiator from the 225hp class and Lings
from the 150hp class.
“The village will give the impression of being a real life
race pit, complete with chequered flooring, palm trees, and all the glitz and glamour of the real thing,” says a spokesman.
Centre stage will be classic powerboat Thunderbolt, now restored by owner Mike James. Tommy Sopwith will unveil the boat with Lord Beaverbrook, son of Sir Max Aitkin, who was the founder of the Cowes Torquay Powerboat Race in 1961 that Thunderbolt raced in.
And with Steve Curtis’s bid to take an incredible ninth world title in the Class 1 championship nearing its conclusion, visitors will be able to witness “all of the Class 1 action in Dubai live”.
When Southampton-based Curtis (pictured) is not racing in the Class 1 championship, he is busy managing the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Series and has been instrumental in its success.
The Honda series team will be on hand at the show to answer the public’s questions about how they can join the series and compete for podium honours in 2008.