|April 23rd 2006 Victorian Drag Boat State Finals|
|THE WARRIOR||FLAT OUT||GRAVE DANGER|
|TRIPPA & GRAVE DANGER|
|THUNDER DOWN UNDER (first pass at 205 MPH!)|
|ROBBIE MARINE & ENERGY||FLAMED & FLAT|
|COCAINE - ARMAGEDDON||TRIPPA|
|*Driver survives drag race crash - Paul Anderson|
DRAG boat driver was lucky to survive after his hydroplane racer flipped
and disintegrated while doing almost 260km/h at the state's National Water
Sports Centre yesterday.
Mr. Butcher, in his 40s, was thrown about 5m as the boat flipped sideways and broke into pieces. Hundreds watched in horror from the shore.
When pulled from the water, Mr Butcher reportedly pleaded with paramedics not to cut his expensive racing outfit. "Apparently, the first thing he said was, `How fast was I going?"' VDBC president Alan Joy said.
"The boat was totally destroyed but thankfully he lives to race another day. We've been racing here for I8 years and we're yet to have someone seriously injured."
Paramedics said Mr. Butcher had fractures to his upper and lower body. He was last night in the Alfred hospital in a stable condition. The cause of the crash will be investigated.Annihilation crew chief Peter Robertson said with Mr. Butcher at the wheel the boat was the fastest in its class in Australia. "It's now to plan B, which is to rebuild and put Allan back in the boat," he said.
|*Anderson, P. 2006, 'Driver survives drag race crash,' Hearld Sun, 24 April, p.15|
|What was left of the hull||ANNIHILATION (at the holding rope in March 2006)||Driver: Allan Butcher getting air lifted to the Alfred Hospital|
ANNIHILATION retrieved motor after a 2 hour search
|1. Annihilation in trouble after completing the first run of the meet at 160.7 MPH||2. Annihilations motor seperated and landed in the drink||3. Debris flying high|
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Allan Butcher
|CHEVY HEAVEN||CHEVY HEAVEN|