When you have restored a Cowes Torquay “Classic” and have entered it this years race, in the Historic Class, then you have to get some training in!. To make this point COPC club member Robin Ward, who will be racing the newly restored Bertram 31 “THUNDERSTREAK” , has also purchased and restored another ex Sopwith boat….a Kevlar Avenger 21 no less with 150 hp of Mercury hanging off the stern…so if your out in the Solent and an Avenger in Sopwiths distinctive Blue and white livery appears driven in anger give it plenty of room as Robin will be building up his “muscles” for the task ahead!….and here she is fresh from restoration. We present “THUNDERCLAP”!
If you love boats and you like books on boats then an absolute must buy is Charles Lawrence’s new masterpiece which will have pride of place on many a coffee table over the next few months!…..The History of Fairey encompasses the world as it was before the technology onslaught of the mid ’70′s and delves not just into the Fairey family but the competitors and the race breeding…it is superb! and a bargain at £55 plus p+p
Copies can be obtained from the author via firstname.lastname@example.org or go to website www.charleslawrencechiswick.co.uk
2014 has been a remarkable year for the saving and restoration of some pretty unique craft and as last year it will be the historics which will take the trophy following in the footsteps of Nick Wilkinson and the HTS team in 2013. The winner will be announced at the end of July but who will that be?