The Ellwood Trophy – Chasewater, 1959

Reader and dedicated local history sort [Howmuch] yesterday spotted this gem from the ever-expanding British Pathe News Archive. It’s newsreel of a powerboat race held at Chasewater in October, 1959 – and shows some wonderful footage of the lake, an apparent clubhouse I don’t recognise and some truly splendid facial foliage. Did you know any of the competitors? Were you there? This clip seems to come from another age and time entirely – as it should do really, it is five decades ago. There, I bet that made you wince…

To see the video, click on either image to go to the British Pathe site to view it. Your comments, as ever, are welcome.

The boats look very high tech for the period - but I suppose they must have been quite cutting edge.
That's one awesome 'tache. Are you the baby in this photo? Do you know who these people are?
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  • Martin

    I see Gee-Wiz was P2; they still use the P+number system at the current powerboat club. Maybe someone at the club will have records…

     
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  • Martin

    OK, I meant P15…
    P2 is still about though, but I don’t think it is the same boat as the one in the film.
    I seem to recall that P1 and P2 are safety boats or something similar

     
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