Project “Miss Speedbird” aka “Tolstar”

Project “Miss Speedbird” aka “Tolstar”

Good news is that another 60’s Cowes Torquay entrant is making a comeback!


Currently under restoration in Guernsey and owned by Gerry Pols is TOLSTAR now known as MISS SPEEDBIRD, this one off UIM Class 2 boat was built to a Colin Mudie design by Tolcraft in Poole in 1967 and was entered by Ian Toll in the 67 race…in those days she had a 310 hp Mercruiser in her 21′ hull and it was hoped to attain 50knots. She was later raced with her cabin (as Tolstar was a flat deck) under the name MISS SPEEDBIRD by a BOAC pilot Bob Attwood.

Miss Speedbird – 22/04/2010 Cabin door and electrical cupboard
Miss Speedbird – 10/05/2010 First coat of paint
Miss Speedbird – 10/05/2010 Glad when all the sanding’s done
Miss Speedbird – 21/08/2010 Now beautifully painted
Miss Speedbird – 21/08/2010 Proudly sporting her name

Gerry Pols "Miss Speedbird" looking superb on her birth…
Gerry was gutted when he was unable to bring her over in August but has promised that the 2012 Rally will see her back in the Solent after many years to join in the fun…

Miss Speedbird - 28/05/2011
Miss Speedbird – 28/05/2011
Miss Speedbird - 02/07/2011
Miss Speedbird – 02/07/2011

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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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