Winter 2018

New records for Strainstall-sponsored speed demon, Frank Rose

Strainstall's Frank Rose powers his way into the record books  - again.

Hot on the heels of his world speed record success last year (as reported in Winter 2017 Pelican), Strainstall’s business development manager, Frank Rose, has broken new speed records with his James Fisher-sponsored race boat, Vintage Torque at this year’s Coniston Powerboats Records Week.

The existing world speed record for the ProVee series that his boat was designed to race in, has stood as 94mph for the last 14 years, but Frank and his team were delighted to smash that record by reaching 101mph in difficult conditions.

‘The event draws competitors from all over the world from all classes of racing and one off vessels built just for record breaking. It is steeped in history and whenever you are in Coniston, you are reminded of British speed record-breaker Sir Donald Campbell and his boat Bluebird, every shop or pub has a photo or piece of memorabilia,

Says Frank,

‘it is a privilege to take part.’

 

From the news archives:

Sir Donald Campbell was a multiple British speed record-breaker, on both land and sea, and was the son of speed record breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell. Sadly, on 5 January 1967 Sir Donald Campbell was killed in an accident trying to break his own record in the boat Bluebird K7 on Coniston Water in Cumbria.

Read more on The Guardian newspaper's feature here: 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/the-northerner/2017/jan/05/donald-campbell-bluebird-coniston-archive-1967

 

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