|VULTURE gets the victims|
A Vulture with the “killer”
instinct - over the past few months that’s been the story of John
and Geoff Lewis’s runabout.
The other boat is Ray Murdock’s Fury (NSW) – an imported American outfit with a 427 c.i. Blown Hemi-Chrysler. She holds the Australian Unlimited Displacement and Unlimited Racing Runabout kilo records with 104 mph.
Recently at kilo trails at Glen Maggie, Vulture captured eight of the ten possible kilo records with a speed of 91 mph.
Although John Lewis believed slight wind, rain and a small surface ripple somewhat restricted Vulture’s top speed, she still took five Victorian records - Unlimited displacement, Unlimited Racing Runabout, Unlimited Service Runabout and the two new Class, 400 ci. Displacement and 400 c.i Service Runabout.
Her speed also gave her the two new 400 c.i. class Australian records and the Unlimited Service Runabout Australian record.
Since the Glen Maggie kilos
the motor has been moved 8 in. back leaving a bare 15 inches between
motor and transom. Just enough room for a jockey when he required to
During the earlier part of the day several runs were marred by the short run up to the measured section when approaching front the direction of the wall.
Boats traveled towards the wall, turned and commenced to pick tip speed over the ¼ mile distance before the ¼ mile measured section. The opposite run was quite good with a straight ½ mile run-up before the measured section.
Even so Vulture took all ten records — five Australian and five Victorian in the same classes as she competed at Glen Maggie. The time for the ¼ mile was 8.85 secs., which can be worked back to make a speed of 100.15 mph.
This is Vultures first season
and also John and Geoff Lewis’s first season in big time racing.
Over the past 12 months apart from the 18 Australian and Victorian records they have won Australian championships and five seconds in championship events including the Griffith Cup – the most important power boat race in Australia.
With Vulture’s success
a new era in speedboat racing has commenced.
Already about five more boats of similar design to Vulture are being made and the fleet is bound to grow. Speed Boat fans can expect some exciting events in the near future.
by Ray Laird - September 1970