On The Wire homepage for tethered cars, hydroplanes and engines


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June/July 2022


This site is dedicated to gathering and recording  information relating to tethered cars, tethered hydroplanes, the engines that powered them, and the personalities involved.

Tether car racing was at the peak of its popularity in Britain for 10 years from 1946 but rapidly declined until just one track remained, which closed in the 70's.  It is still pursued as a specialist sport in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

Oliver Proto Two-Five

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The tethered running of fast model boats and hydroplanes began in 1908 and developed into a national and international sport with a large number of clubs and lakes in operation in Britain alone.

Commercial and homebuilt engines have been an integral part of the development of both tethered cars and boats.

Ernie Clarke 10cc Hydroplane





Enthusiasts from all walks of life produced cars, boats and engines that stand as a tribute to their  craftsmanship. Much now lays forgotten on shelves, in attics, sheds, and sometimes only in the memories of those that participated.

The aim is to discover and preserve as much as possible of this valuable material before it is too late.

Rowell Mk1 10cc



The site also hosts sections providing material, information, resources and reports on current tethered hydroplane and tethered car racing activities.

The homepages for each can be accessed directly via the racing links left.

10cc A3 Hydro & 1.5cc Class 1 car

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