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Kingsbury Water Park

 Hydroplane Regatta 06/06/21

This was to be the first meeting held at Kingsbury for 18 months. For some of us it was an early start, meeting up at Norman Lara's home at the crack of dawn to  drive up to Kingsbury, all in one vehicle. We had a good drive up as the new A14 is open and it's a very nice road. John DeMott and Dave Singleton had set up the pit area, the poles and the cables ready for the event.

Round 1

We started at 11am with the B1. Pete Dirs had a mechanical problem which prevented him from running any more, Dave Sheldrake had couple of good laps but the engine cut out while Dave Singleton had a bad launch. In B1S Dave Sheldrake had a good run 101.72 mph I think thatís his personal best with this boat Ė Well Done Dave!

In A1 Pete had a bad launch, Steve Turley had a good run (96.9mph) and Ron Hankins started well but did not finish. No runs in A2  or A3. In A/B Ron Hankins had engine problems which meant he did not start. A/S Ian Berne continues to have mechanical problems with the water pump in his flash steamer. A Class, John DeMott had a good run (115.93mph)

John DeMott out of retirement Dave Sheldrake Ian and Andi Berne

Round 2

In B1, Dave Singleton got a run this time (99.57mph). Dave Sheldrake still has tank problems. Dave  didnít run his B1S as it had mechanical problems. A1, Pete got a good run (109.14 mph) whilst Steve Turley had a slower run at 96.9mph. A2, John Underwood, Norman and Rick Benson were having problems with their boats.  A3, John Underwood got a run of 97.64 mph. A/B, Ron still have problems starting the engine. A/S, Ian tried his other boat but the poppet valve is stuck open so that needs some work on it. A Class, Rick had a slow run 32.24 mph, John D didnít run.

Round 3

No runs in A1, B1 or B1S and in A2 only John Underwood got a run (71.98 mph). The Kingsbury Gremlins continued with no completed runs in A3  and in A/B Ron had a bad launch. Ian Berne was still have problems with his steamer so didn't run. In A Class Rick went faster than usual (64.04mph)
 

JDM and Ian Berne Ian with steamer. Pete Dirs in background Steve Turley

There was a very keen spectator from Poole who is very interested in flash steam, and he spent a lot of time talking to Ian and others about the hobby. Norman will send him plans of Bob's flash steam boat and engine and will also let Mike Rose know as he lives close to him. Although we had a small number of competitors at the regatta there was a lot of interest from members of the public who commented that it was good to see the hydroplanes running again on the lake. A good day had by all.

Results: B1 Class Dave Singleton 99.57mph  B1S Class Dave Sheldrake 101.72mph
            A1 Class Pete Dirs 109.14mph  Steve Turley 98.52mph A2 Class John Underwood 71.98mph
            A Class  John DeMott 115.93mph Rick Benson 64.04mph

Hydroplane Regatta 04/07/21

This was to be the second meeting of the season held at Kingsbury. For some of us it was a very early start meeting up at Ianís home at the crack of dawn to all drive up to Kingsbury in one vehicle. We had a good drive up as the new A14 is open and itís a very nice road. John and Dave set up the pit area, poles and cables ready for the event.

Round 1

We started at 11am with the B1. Dave Singleton had a good launch and thought the bungee is working well.
A1 Steve Turley had a good run at 95mph
A2 Norman Lara was the only competitor and had a good run at 124mph with his Nova Rossi.
A3 no one got a run
A/S Ian Berne continues to have mechanical problems with the water pump.
A Class John DeMott had a good run with his 30cc at 106mph

Round 2

B1 Dave Singleton had a slow run, as engine was too rich.
A1 Steve Turley had a slightly slower run, still just over 95mph.
A2 Norman changed the carburettor to a larger one but the engine would not run properly so its back to the drawing board.
A3 Steve Turley is still having Picco problems while Normanís Picco blew a conrod
A/S Ian tried his other boat but still having pump problems. John helped him to find out what the problems were so hoped to have another go in the next round.
A John D had a little bit faster run by 1.5mph.

Arthur, Brenda, Andi and Dave Steve and Dave changing cables Ian, John and Steve in discussion

Round 3

In A/S Ian got the boat sorted and it started to pick up speed but then blew the boiler so a new boiler is needed.

No other runs recorded

Although we had a small number of competitors at the regatta there was a lot of interest from members of the public who commented that it was good to see the hydroplanes running again on the lake. A good day had by all.

Norman Lara

Results: B1 Class Dave Singleton 93.71mph A1 Class Steve Turley 95.88mph A2 Class Norman Lara 124.18mph
A Class John DeMott 107.66mph

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