The Commodore of the Western Australia Speedboat Club and event organiser, Mark Motzouris, said that the event was “Absolutely fantastic. It’s the last race of our season and it was the best way to finish it off.”
The highest recorded speed was 96 miles (154 km) an hour, but Mark believes some of the boats went even faster than that. “I would come back [to Dumbleyung] 100 times if I could” he said. The Dumbleyung Gold Cup for the highest points of the day went to Lenny.
The WA Speed Boat Club appreciated the wonderful assistance from the town and community, especially the St John’s Ambulance for their attendance.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the people of Dumbleyung and the surrounding areas that came down to spectate at our race day at Lake Dumbleyung. Thank you to all the local volunteers and Shire of Dumbleyung for making yesterday happen. Thanks to all the drivers, their families, crew and all our regular volunteers for making the trip down there.
On behalf of the WASBC and WA APBA we had an amazing weekend down at Lake Dumbleyung and feel lucky to be able to use the water. We are already talking about next year! And, if you have never been down there, definitely make the effort to, the lake is amazing.”
Sunday culminated with the six fastest boats of the day racing off for the honours of the Ray Johnson memorial trophy. This was won by Larry Cowlin in his boat Leverage. This event was off pole, not handicapped and created great interest from the spectators. Larry’s wife Tracey said she was normally part of the support crew but due to a recent incident resulting in a sore ankle, was unable to participate in the cold water over the weekend, supporting form the shore instead. It is also noted that Tracey named the super speedy boat which boasts a 704hp motor with a peak speed of 105mph, hitting speeds over 100mph on Lake Dumbleyung on Sunday.
In comparison the 1964 Bluebird water speed record set by Donald Campbell was 276.33mph.
Article information supplied by L.Cowlin, WASBC Facebook page and the ABC Great Southern Facebook page.
Images supplied by a variety of spectators and Richard Whyte (firstname.lastname@example.org)