X-1 “Zeffiro”

X-1 “Zeffiro”

X-1B (Number 26)

The X-1’s were a series of cabin cruisers with a Ray Hunt type deep V hull measuring 7.80 mt x 3,10 beam. They were built in plywood by Italcraft near lake of Bracciano north of Rome in the early sixties and great rivals of the Canav boats of Petroni and Levi with their Speranziella series of designs.
In the first Viareggio-Bastia/Bastia-Viareggio Powerboat Race of 1962 the X-1 participated with two boats: one was called "Amicizia" for Mario Sonnino Sorisio and was powered with a pair of Chrysler of 172hp each, the other was "Bonifacio II" of Mario Arnaldo and Sergio Sonnino Sorisio (owner of Italcraft).

Virginia PJ (Number 28)

The five X-1 participated in the second edition of 1963 and one, the “X-1B” won the race by the sum of time of two legs from and back to Bastia the day after.
The five boats were:
“X-1B” – Sergio Sonnino-Sorisio – 2 Chrysler x 300hp each.
“X-1D” – Mario Sonnino-Sorisio – 2 General Motors diesel x 181 hp each – winner of the diesel class- 4th overall.
“Antonella III” – Francesco Cosentino – Luigi Durand De La Penne – 2 x Chrysler 300 hp each – 8th overall.
“La Turca III” – Giacomo Fornari – Antonio Dal Monte – 2 x Chrysler 300 hp each- 7th overall.
“Virgina” – Rodolfo Funaro-Riccardi – 2 x Chrysler 300 hp each – 9th overall.

Many thanks to Marco (Black Tornado) for this information.

Antonella III (Number 29)

Guido Enderle from Germany a big fan of our Website has bought what may be one of the few remaining X1’s, will be restoring the boat and hopes one day to bring her to GB.

 

Restoration of X-1 "Zeffiro"

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JOHN IDDON

Dear Members and friends 

You have probably all heard by now of the sad passing of our founder John Iddon….without whose foresight our club would not have come into existence.. John was adamant that the club would lead the way back to powerboating as we knew it in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s…with friendship and sportsmanship at its heart…how sad that just recently his wish seems to be on the verge of becoming fact again…..John was powerboating …he built them , raced them and scrutineered them .  He knew the sport inside out …one of the back room boys so often overlooked…we have lost a good friend and mentor…

FUNERAL DETAILS

The Late John.K.Iddon.
As many of you will have heard, John Iddon passed away last Sunday morning, 5th November, peacefully at home, aged 90.
I now have details for his funeral, which will take place on WEDNESDAY, 6th DECEMBER at 1245hours.
The Funeral is to be at The East Hampstead Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride (B3430), WOKINGHAM, RG40 3DW
Following the cremation, the wake will be held nearby at East Hampstead Conference Centre, off Peacock Lane, WOKINGHAM,
RG40 3DF
 All are welcome …lets give him a hero’s farewell…
Mike James
Vice President  COPC
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