Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell…Sidelines

Back in the late 50’s and early 60’s whilst the Christina brand was establishing itself Bruce Campbell held dealer ships for Albatross and maybe the American Ancarrow brand.
Ancarrow produced speedboats that looked like the Cadillacs of the waves with their outrageous wings and exhaust’s mounted like rear lights!

Ancarrow - Lil' Daddy

But one of their products which caught Cambell’s eye was the incredibly
Futuristic looking "Consul"

Ancarrow - Consul 19'

19 feet of Black high gloss accentuated with gold and powered by the latest Cadillac Crusader engines thro a step up V drive giving 65mph!
Yes you heard correctly, 65 mph in 1960!
Here is another picture, better quality thank goodness, it was taken at the London Boat show…

Ancarrow - Consul 19' photographed at the London Boat show

The story goes like this…

Back in 1960, Bruce Campbell and Ken Raybould had taken a CHRISTINA down to the South of France to demonstrate its capabilities to prospective buyers. One day whilst Ken was demonstrating the boat at Villefranche they were overtaken by a black speedboat which turned out to be driven by none other than Gianni Agnelli, the Fiat magnate. Ken had never seen a small boat go so fast and followed in the Christina, eventually back in the harbour Agnelli come over to look at the Christina having never seen a Deep Vee before so a two way conversation went on regarding the 2 boats. It later transpired that Dick Wilkins of Tramontana fame had a Consul which he kept in Devon this was aquired by Campbell and brought back to the Hamble yard where it remained for a fair time during which it attracted much attention especially when its V8 Crusader burbled away!

The craft was eventually purchased and used by Arthur Cole who had redesigned the now famous Christina superstructure for Campbell, subsequently it was then obtained by Philip Goddard who was then based at Willments old yard but has long since disappeared. The original Crusader engine was around this time replaced by a 240hp Ford Dearbourn.

It would be good to know if this unique craft has survived the past 50 odd years and is possibly still in the Hamble area look again at that unique deck and let us know if you spot it anywhere.

Here below is the range of Ancarrow boats…totally 50’s in style and utterly amazing specifications for the age.


Ancarrow - Consul 19' photographed at the London Boat show

Ancarrow - Consul 19' photographed at the London Boat show

Ancarrow - Consul 19' photographed at the London Boat show

To see more of the Ancarrow Marine 1959 Brochure, follow the link to; – Online Magazine

Black Magic

Black Magic

Black Magic

It appears that the pictures above (Black Magic) are of the actual craft owned by Campbell and found in London

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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…


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…
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