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World's Fastest Coffin on Water
Author: Bill Tuckey

ISBN: 9781921496066
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 1 December 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.5 x 1.3

Just watch the terrifying speedboat crashes shown over and over again in those "world's worst" from on American TV and remember this: Over the last 80 years 11 men have died in attempts to raise the world water speed record. One man, Australian Ken Warby, has done it and survived - the sole member of the world's most exclusive club. The record he set - for the second time - in 1978, still stands, defying the will of the bravest and boldest to conquer a surface where hitting a floating stick at 500 km/h-plus can kill you in a wink.

Only just retired, despite building a successor to his "Spirit of Australia" that had the potential to hit 700 km/h on water but was never raced, Warby is a living example of all the qualities that make a proud Australian. He drew up the design for his boat on the kitchen table, never deviating from his childhood ambition to be the world's fastest on water. A man whose motto is "Just do it - just make it happen" - Warby in his astonishing life has over and over demonstrated his disregard for conventional mores about how things work...

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