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Experience the heyday of speedboats-an era when speed was still a novel plaything of the wealthy, and boats were raced as passionately as Duesenbergs and Bugattis. Powered by monstrous inboard engines-the fruits of wartime technology-these luxurious specimens and their intrepid pilots competed fiercely with rivals around the world. Relish in meticulous cutaway drawings, archival photography and opulent color shots of impeccably restored mahogany torpedoes cleaving the waves today, just as they did in years past. Readers can relive the true golden age of high-performance classic speedboats in this book that covers these mighty wooden-hulled craft from around World War I until just before the second World War. This was an era when speed was still a new plaything, and speedboats and aircraft were raced as passionately as were automobiles; when massive mahogany speedboats powered by engines from suppliers such as Rolls-Royce competed fiercely against rivals from around the world. Classic speedboat enthusiasts will relish the cutaway drawings of these craft, as well as the choice archival photography and the modern color photography of these now-impeccably restored beauties.
Condition: new but retail price handwritten on inside cover, one inch tear on front of dustjacket
Author: Gerald Guetat
Illustrations: 200 b/w and 114 color