LOOK OUT ASSASSIN
By TED MADDEN
|Trevor Matthews, in Griffiths Cup winner Assassin, should add the Victorian Unlimited 0pen Speedboat Championship to his long list of successes at Lake Learmonth tomorrow.|
|The probable absence of other top class hydroplanes - especially Pat Hawthorn's Black Knight - gives Assassin a clear edge over the field on the score of speed.|
main opposition may come from displacement boats.
They must rely on greater mechanical reliability, and better cornering ability, defeat hydroplanes in races and often do it over a short, or "club" course.
But the long straights of a championship course give hydroplanes plenty of time to get away from the buoys, and accelerate to speeds well in excess of 128 mph.
Danger to Assassin on the
score of speed is "Jetman" Tommy Watt's Maria, an experimental
boat which has failed. Tommy has two motors (a 327 Corvette and a 343
Impala) in tandem, driving a single screw through special gearbox mounted