90L x 22W x 29H (cm)
Craftsmanship, design and unmatchable quality have been the hallmarks of Riva since the company’s founding in 1842 in Sarnico, Italy, one of Italy’s great boat-building centers. It’s there that Pietro Riva built his first “Riva,” known for quality craftsmanship and performance ahead of its time. By the 1930s, the business was managed by Pietro’s grandson, Serafino, under whose guidance the company became known for manufacturing small racing boats, which Serafino himself raced. Not content to remain in this niche, the Riva family increased its line to include boats built as much for pleasure as for speed. By the 1950s, the Riva name, under the leadership of Pietro’s grandson, Carlo, Riva became a symbol of quality, elegance, speed and, most notably, wealth. As a result, Riva gained worldwide fame as the luxury boat of choice for kings and queens, matinee idols, corporate titans, entrepreneurs and jet-setters worldwide
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.
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.
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.