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Old 26-10-2005, 01:06 AM   #1
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Miss Nova Arts

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Can anybody help me......I am looking for any pics of a stapley cat called Nova Arts that was driven by Roger Kennedy. My dad was a co-driver in 1976 and after seeing some of the great pics posted on this forum which have brought back a lot of childhood memories I thought somebody might remember this boat.
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Old 26-10-2005, 09:51 AM   #2
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Have got a picture somewhere from a Stapley advert with it. Will try to search it out!

That would be the 3D / 4 litre boat?

Think there was also briefly a 3C boat (also Stapley) running by the same name
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Old 26-10-2005, 10:49 AM   #3
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Have got a picture somewhere from a Stapley advert with it. Will try to search it out!

That would be the 3D / 4 litre boat?

Think there was also briefly a 3C boat (also Stapley) running by the same name

The 3C version was called Baby Nova from memory.
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Yes it was a 3D boat and the 3C boat was called Baby Nova
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Old 26-10-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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It was actually 1975 that my dad was a co-driver for Miss Nova......I think it was a very successful boat that season and won the London/Calais/London amongst others.
Prior to that in 74 my dad raced a 19' Stapley monohull called Sundowner, any info on this would also be much appreciated
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Old 26-10-2005, 12:25 PM   #6
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Putney / Calais

Was that the Putney/Calais where the Nav. had to hold the busted motor together and steer with his feet? Was that your dad?
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Old 26-10-2005, 12:45 PM   #7
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Yes that was my dad.
You have a great memory! I can't remeber the full story, I will have to find out.
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Old 26-10-2005, 08:39 PM   #8
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had to hold the busted motor together and steer with his feet? Was that your dad?
Wasn't there a post on here ( Video) about that "steering with his feet" or was it at the last boatmad video night"

perhaps Jon can help.........
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Old 26-10-2005, 10:08 PM   #9
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That was Len Fergerson in the P25 with John Clarke Driving. Who needs Hydraulic when you have Len's Thighs

Think I ll use Hydraulic (sorry len)
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Found out an old Stapley advert
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Just to show what fashion was like back then for powerboat racers - from the same advert!

Infact - not that different from today for some racers!
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Yes. In fact I think I've seen you wearing the very same pair jeans as you wore in that shot!
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Old 31-10-2005, 06:37 PM   #13
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Yes. In fact I think I've seen you wearing the very same pair jeans as you wore in that shot!
I must have had more hair then!

Is that you wearing the rather nice tank top!
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I aspire to that much style!
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It was actually 1975 that my dad was a co-driver for Miss Nova......I think it was a very successful boat that season and won the London/Calais/London amongst others.
Prior to that in 74 my dad raced a 19' Stapley monohull called Sundowner, any info on this would also be much appreciated
I thought the 1975 Putney-Calais-Putney, 4 litre was won by Steve Baker and his father, in a 23 with a pair of 'tower of Power' Mercs!

65mph average over 253 miles.

more info from the excellent David Sewell yearbook.






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Just to show what fashion was like back then for powerboat racers - from the same advert!

Infact - not that different from today for some racers!
Is that a very young Peter Bloomfield 2nd from left?
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Is that Johanna Lumley to the right of him? if it is, for fkks sake don't tell TD
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Old 31-10-2005, 10:17 PM   #18
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Adam, speaking of photos, did "photoman" ever send you the extra copies?
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Adam, speaking of photos, did "photoman" ever send you the extra copies?
Oh yes - got the photos here - will have to get them sent over to you!
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Is that a very young Peter Bloomfield 2nd from left?
Think so - with brother Ron next to him.

Otherwise don't recognise too many - bit before my time. Ray Stapley has the near handle bar moustache, think it is Roger Button is there and Nigel Powell (?)
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