The BAD BOYS of the Sport and their Boats

The BAD BOYS of the Sport and their Boats

Lord "Lucky" Lucan Top of the list in this section of British
Powerboat history must go to one Lord Lucan who took up powerboat racing after seeing his brother in law
Bill Shand Kydd the wallpaper heir, racing in Blue Moppie the ex Bertram/Griffiths boat of 1962. Lucky’s
first boat was a 25ft Bruce Campbell Christina powered by 2 Ford Dearborne Interceptors totalling 800hp,
quite a power ratio in those days.

The race in 1963 was run in flat calm for the first stages and Lucan was seen having a battle royal
with Tom Sopwith in Thunderstreak, Keith Schellenberg in Blue Moppie, Sonny Levi in A’Spereanziella and
Dennis Miller in Damian 3 all averaging 42 knots through the Solent, approaching the Needles White
Migrant (right) suddenly vanished from the timesheets when leading, it was never clarified what the
cause was but she sank off the Needles. Lucan and co driver Bruce Campbell were rescued unharmed.

Lord Lucan Migrant1

In 1964 Lucan was back with one of the new Don Aronow Formula 233’s powered by a single 388hp
Daytona called "MIGRANT". He returned again with the same boat the following year but never
raced again. Lucan of course hit the news in 1975 following the murder of his children’s nanny and his
subsequent "disappearance"…Dr Emil Savundra…Boss of the Fire and Marine insurance
company entered the Cowes Torquay in 1962 with Jackie S powered by three Chrysler inboards. This Cyril
Hughes design was unusual in that there was no superstructure, the following year though he returned
with a cabin and wheelhouse and the hull stuffed full with 4 Jaguar engines totalling 1000hp. Jackie
had stability problems and the good Doctor’s boat first climbed on to the deck of Don Shead’s TRIDENT,
then proceeded to hit a small converted ships lifeboat called the Skipjack amidships, Skipjack sank
under the weight and all aboard scrambled onto Jackie. Once safely transferred Jackie set off again but
luck was not on the Doctor’s side as this time the Needles lighthouse was the target of her amorous
advances, luckily hitting the base at a mere 10mph and causing little damage to either party and retired.

1964 saw the Doctor return with a new Fred Cross design built by R.W.CLARK at Cowes, also called Jackie S
she was designed with a hull based on Flying Boat pontoon designs, extremely innovative but suffered
engine problems. 1965 and he is back again with Westlake built engines which again were temperamental
and consumed spark plugs at an alarming rate!, the original Jackie was also entered although not so
powerful these days. Neither finished… Next up was another JACKIE, Flying Jackie was built by Watermota
powered by Sea unicorns as the Doctor called his engines and there was also a Vosper design powered by
2 Daytona’s later to be called Flying Fish, BUT the Doctors finances were extremely shakey his business
was subsidising the boats and the ends did not meet. The collapse of FIRE and MARINE was one of the
biggest failures of the day and it was jail for fraud that beckoned the Doctor next not the sea…

Jackie Emil Savundra

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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…
Mike James
Vice President  COPC
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