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Baby Bootlegger 1924 – Gold Cup Racer
Baby Bootlegger is perhaps the most beautiful wooden boat ever built. She was designed by George Crouch and built by the Henry B. Nevins yard in City Island, NY for Wall Street bachelor, Caleb Bragg. Caleb Bragg was an ultimate sportsman, as the 70th licensed pilot in America, he pioneered speed records in the air and on land before turning to the water. After coming in second place overall, Baby Bootlegger won the 1924 Gold Cup race on a technicality, however, took home all the wins at the 1925 races on Long Island. Her Hispano Suiza aircraft engine was state of the art. She is the epitome of all speedboats.
CHRIS CRAFT RUNABOUT
The legend of Chris-Craft began in 1884, when Christopher Columbus Smith began the Smith Boat House on the St Clair River in Algonac, Michigan, to manufacture small duck boats and power launches. Later, the company was extended to Chris Smith and Sons Boat Co. Many of his larger runabouts were used as taxis; transporting guests on the river front to resorts, or to various sightseeing attractions. In the twenty’s, mostly runabouts were produced, but with the introduction of his speed boats, Chris Smith’s fame took off.
History of Ferrari Arno XI Timossi hydroplane
Famous boat race led by the Italian Achille Castoldi in 1953 and developing 500hp to reach 125 mph!
From 1930 racing fast cars begin to fascinate the public and in 1940 appeared the first racing speedboats, in the form of water racing circuit endurance and speed record. Particularly in Italy where car manufacturers such as Alfa Romeo and Maserati participated actively and were proud to pay drivers for these magnificent Italian boats. Achille Castoldi was one of them and in 1940, Castoldi set the world record for speed on water at 130.51 km / h (81.10 mph) in the class of 400 kg with his boat Arno mounted on a Picciotti hull and powered by an Alfa Romeo Type 158 engine. Castoldi then constructs different versions boat Arno, mostly with Alfa Romeo engines, but Maserati too.
TIMOSSI + FERRARI = ARNO XI
In 1953, Castoldi decided to focus less on race and more on the record speed. He and his first order of 800kg seaplane with a hull of Cantieri Timossi, builder seaplane on Lake Como, near Milan, Italy. The aircraft was dubbed Arno XI and for the engine, Castoldi turns to the rising star of the stage and the race car at the time: The Scuderia Ferrari. Ferrari provided him an engine type 345 V-12 Grand Prix CC 4493.7 (385CV), the same type that powered racing cars of Ferrari in the 50s. The engine was coupled to a step-down gear box to the double helix to rotate until blade 10 000 rpm. The driveshaft had a small downward angle at the rear of the aircraft.
RIVA AQUARAMA (BLUE)
The name Riva is synonymous with class, quality and the highest of European standards. Introduced in 1963, the Riva Aquarama is the last of the traditional Italian mahogany runabouts. It is an object of desire and an expression of dreams. Nothing came near to matching the superb quality, style and prestige of the Riva. Always innovating, always ahead of its time, and always exhibiting a style and quality beyond comparison, Riva triumphs at all the boat shows and on all the markets in the world. Kings and emperors, princes and sultans, actors, sportsmen and celebrities headed straight to Riva to choose their boats in the same way as they went to Rolls-Royce or Ferrari for their cars.
Alongside the Aquarama, the Ariston is perhaps Riva’s best known model, and certainly one of its most popular. When production ceased in 1974, twenty-four years after the model was first conceived, over 1,000 boats had been built. Over this period, many modifications were made, not least its length – which ranged from 6.2 to almost 7 meters – and the size of the single engine fitted, which ranged from 105 hp to 350 hp in the Super Ariston, powerful enough to take it to a top speed of 80 km/h