Bristol celebrates powerboat racing heritage

Last week on Richard Carr Racing, we previewed the 25th anniversary of the legendary Bristol Docks powerboat racing, which took place over the weekend. Former racer Steve Kerton (pictured above) entertained the crowds and bought back fond memories for fans watching on the sidelines.


A two-litre V6 power boat piloted by former race ace Steve Kerton took to the waters for a short blast down water lane.

Steve’s skim across the Bristol Docks was watched by fans along with former drivers from around the world, champions, sponsors, organisers and safety crew.

Even multiple race winner and Duke of York trophy winner Billy Seebold flew in from his native America to take in the action.

During the 19 of years of racing on the Docks, Steve holds the fastest average speed achieved with 100.06mph and having dashed around on the docks again told the Bristol Post: “This place was absolutely special and today was all my Christmases come over and over again.

“Bristol was always a special place and over 200 people are coming from all over the world to celebrate the anniversary.

“That is testament to how important it was in terms of the city of Bristol, the circuit and the people.”

Lord Mayor

The weekend of celebrations was officialy launched with a welcome reception from the Lord Maor at the ss Great Britain before Steve took to the Docks.

The old circuit ran from the Prince Street Bridge at the east end of the Dock, passing within inches of the solid granite walls to the west end of the Dock and the very fast Cumberland Basin hairpin turn.

About Richard Carr

Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.

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