Miss America vs Miss England

Watch the exclusive archive footage of a historic motorboat race

There was much excitement here at Motor Boats Monthly when we got our hands on some rather extraordinary footage of the Chris-Craft designed Miss America racing Miss England in the 1929 Miami Regatta.

American motorboat racer Gar Wood set the world water speed record on Miss America I in 1920 and went on to break it five times in the following 12 years on his series of Miss America boats.

In 1929 Major Henry Segrave, himself a land speed record holder, challenged Gar Wood to a motorboat race between the celebrated Miss America VII and Segrave’s newly-designed Miss England.

Despite sending his own mechanics to aide Segrave with the design, Gar Wood delivered a sound thrashing to the English major and remained the fastest man on the water.

Watch out for the full story coming soon in Motor Boats Monthly.