Date of Event: 1950s
Vessel type: Speedboat
Location: Mount Gambier South Australia
Suggested title: By Jimminy, She's A Ripper!
Power boat racing was all the craze in Mount Gambier during the 1950s. People turned out in their hundreds to watch (and bet on) the events.
When the little yellow speedster made her appearance, the crowd went wild. The Jimminy Cricket, a sleek little boat skippered by local business owner Mr N. F. Ferguson, looked totally out-classed by the other big, powerful factory-built monsters.
However, her ability to weave in and out between the bigger vessels, and even skim over the wakes that were speed bumps to everyone else, meant she won her fair share of races. She raced locally and as far afield as Queensland, following the circuit and winning scores of fans. Australians have always backed the underdog!
The Aquatic Club acknowledged her with a special award. The locals still remember that flash of yellow across the finish line, and the power of the local DIY sailor.
There were many boats that had great names, like Thistle-Do.
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Photos belong to Julianne Woodruff, daughter of Mr Ferguson.
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