Today, Richard Carr Racing looks back into the archives at a piece focusing on the revival of powerboat racing, penned by Laura Aitken for Full Throttle magazine.
The return of Classic Cowes
In 2008, after an eight year exile, the Cowes Torquay Cowes returned in rip roaring fashion to reintroduce offshore powerboat racing.
As Laura Aitken referred to in her piece, prior to its return many had thought that the sport would never return to the UK. It was becoming increasingly popular in the Gulf states and Italy with its all-action racing attracting large crowds.
Looking at the sports history, Aitken reflects on Steve Curtis’ crash at Torbay which left him stranded on a golf course, whilst also touching on the disaster that has occurred in the sport with the deaths of such racing heroes as Stephano Casiraghi in 1990 and former F1 driver Didier Peroni.
Round Britain Race
Alongside the success of Cowes, the Round Britain Race in 2008 was also cited as one of the reasons for offshore powerboat racing’s revival in the UK. 40 boats battled around the British Isles, often in horrendous conditions, across eight legs – one a day.
Aitken compared the races to the Zombie’s come the end of the eight day marathon, but just like with Cowes, people were once again hooked on powerboat racing.
Richard led the aforementioned Cowes race and looked set to take the chequered flag before his engine blew up returning past Weymouth. He interrupted a wedding reception when back on shore to try and book a taxi back to Southampton with Aitken describing the events as:
“There was a wedding taking place and, seeing Richard in full racing kit, helmet and three-second fireproof overalls covered in sponsors’ badges, they thought he was a stripper gram and wouldn’t let him leave.”
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.