SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA - KEN WARBY
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Introduction - An Introduction to Ken, the World Water Speed Record and the New Boat.
Ken - A summary of Ken's life.
Spirit of Australia - Ken's first Jet Boat, the World Record holder.
David - Dave is Ken's son, and the future of the WWSR.
More Spirit Pics - More photos of Spirit of Australia
Speed & Force Calcs - Calculations that relate to speed, drag, forces, and power required for the WWSR.
UIM Certificate - A scanned image of the UIM certificate for the World Water Speed Record.
RMYC Challenge Cup - World's Water Speed Challenge Cup, presented by the Royal Motor Yacht Club.
The New Boat - Story and Photos of Ken's New Jet Boat. Ken will attempt the WWSR in this boat.
Cockpit View - View from inside the Cockpit of the New Boat
Aussie Spirit - "Aussie Spirit" is a V8 Powered Hydro.
Miss Bud - Ken has acquired Miss Bud, a Merlin powered Hydro
Speed Records - The history of the World Water Speed Records.
Other Challengers - Ken's comments and references to other Challengers.
J34 Jet Engine - Information and pictures of the Westinghouse J34 Turbojet Engine.
Blowering Dam - The site for the current WWSR record, and the new attempt.
Ken's Jet Toys - Ken has also built and raced other Jet Powered Vehicles.
The Jargon - Learn about the Jargon of Hydro Racing and the WWSR.
Australia - Some information about the country of Australia.
Adventures of "Biggles" - Ken flies his "Boredom Fighter" out of Pro Aero at Butler County Airport, near Cincinnati.
Slim Dusty - Ken's mate who wrote a song about the true Spirit of Australia
W.L.S.R. - A link to the Australian World Land Speed Record Challenger.
Guest Book - Please read through, and add to our guest book.
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions. Questions that people have asked Ken in the past.
Links - Links to sites that relate to Ken and the WWSR.
British challenger Nigel MacKnight American challenger Russ Wicks
WATER SPEED RECORD HISTORY
On June 26, 1950, on Lake Washington near Sand Point, driver Stan Sayres and riding mechanic Ted Jones became the fastest men on water with a mile straightaway record of 160.323 mph in the Slo-mo-shun IV. In July of 1952, Stan Sayres raised his own straightaway record to 178.497 in Lake Washington's East Channel.
Donald Campbell in a non-propeller-driven craft obliterated Stan Sayres record on July 23, 1955. Campbell's jet-powered Bluebird II averaged 202.32 mph over a kilometer course on Lake Ullswater in England.
In 1967 American Lee Taylor reclaimed the record that Donald Campbell had taken from Sayres. Ten years later Ken Warby, an Australian made a successful attempt, which in 1978 he extended to 317.60 MPH. Warby still holds the record, which has withstood all challenges.
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