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Old 18-04-2009, 04:38 PM   #1
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Historical Class III Info

Hi all

Not sure if this is the best place as it is my first post.

I am looking for pictures or videos from the 1970,71 and 72 Class III seasons.
Specifically Class III A.
My father was racing at the time and I am trying to put something together for him.

He was racing in 3 Fletchers over the years, Easy A, Ambler Gambler and Spinebender.

I have downloaded some great videos posted by "Jon" on this site and even managed to spot him in one. However the download for 1971 is the same video as 1970.

Any information or a point in the right direction would be gratefully received.

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Old 19-04-2009, 02:33 PM   #2
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No pics of Spinebender I`m afraid,the others are just record shots.
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Old 19-04-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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Wow! Thanks for that Flyingfish.

Some great shots there, especially of the airborne Amber Gambler.

Many thanks

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Old 21-04-2009, 02:18 PM   #4
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Hi Nick!

Will you give me the link to that video? I am a fletcher-enthusiast and i like historical stuff about fletchers

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Are these not Class 1V ??

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No they are class IIIA Pre dated Classs IV - sort of co-existed for a year or 2 when Class IV started then just dissapeared, lack of entries ect leaving just IIIB (along with C, D & E)

E became D, C & D merged to form C, B remained unchanged

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Just noticed the Credit on Pic 3 - Chitty. There is an old name from the past
John & Hilary Chitty (offshore Powerboat club) Which closed the loop as thats were the old boy picked up Flying Sorcerer
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Bluefin, you are right.

He started in Class IV and it became Class III.

Looking the entries for each year, there wasn't many in his class but you can see from the enclosed that he picked up the odd silverware and definitely had the best looking co-driver!

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Just noticed the Credit on Pic 3 - Chitty. There is an old name from the past
John & Hilary Chitty (offshore Powerboat club) Which closed the loop as thats were the old boy picked up Flying Sorcerer
Was that the John Chitty who organised the London to Monte Carlo race in the early 1970's? If it is, Hilary is still alive living in Devon.
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Yes - John Chitty. Used to organise a good race with Hilary & her involement continued for many years after john passed away. Nice to know she is well.

London Monte Carlo - Ohhhhh I just loved Miss WD40 - wating that run up river from Wandsworth Bridge to Putney was
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It wasn`t until I saw the OPC Handbook for 1967 on sale in W.H.Smith that realized how many more races there were.The start of the offshore bug.
Attached is the calender for the year,and what a calender!
I believe Hilary Chitty has a lot of 60`s & 70`s race results,entry lists,photos (that she took herself) stashed away in her garage,but it`s finding the magic key to release all of this, before it ends up in the skip.Another mission to be undertaken before it`s too late.
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Another mission to be undertaken before it`s too late.
Maybe Mike has contact details? Worth a punt I would have thought.
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Old 22-04-2009, 10:47 AM   #14
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Your quite right Jon,I must do something on this.I have a very old contact number and it has been on my job list for ages.You know the form,but now the historic side is becoming more evident, maybe the time is right to go ferreting.
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We also need to work on Gordon to dig out some of his photos.

Graham - circuit pics uploaded already (didn't need to split them alphabetically, although with 50 pages now I wonder if they do need a reorg by event or year)
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If ever the circuit albums need splitting,rather than have many albums ,I would probably go for one on Bristol and the rest in one album,Matt.
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Maybe Mike has contact details? Worth a punt I would have thought.
I did track her down and actually talked to her around September last year when I was foolishly looking at the possibilty of having a go at the London Monte Carlo run (which I soon gave up on) as she has all the info on that, so she told me.

Her phone number is on one of my pads somewhere so after this weekend I will try to find her number again if that will help you guys.
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It wasn`t until I saw the OPC Handbook for 1967 on sale in W.H.Smith that realized how many more races there were.The start of the offshore bug.
Attached is the calender for the year,and what a calender!
I believe Hilary Chitty has a lot of 60`s & 70`s race results,entry lists,photos (that she took herself) stashed away in her garage,but it`s finding the magic key to release all of this, before it ends up in the skip.Another mission to be undertaken before it`s too late.
FF, what on earth was the Dubonnet International Cross Channel race all about that year (July 30th) and who was the club OPC who ran it?

What a calender indeed, if only we could run those races today, if only we had a big enough fleet to warrant it!
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OPC= Offshore Powerboat Club
Founded & run by John & Hilary Chitty
They were cracking races, not sure on the one you asked about but they did run a cross channel champagne race. Ramsgate- Calais- Ramsgate, amongest others. Arrive France run down the dock into a shop by a bottle & come back, first one home without breaking the bottle wins, mmmh Bear In mind all raced wearing wet suits in those days !!!!!
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