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SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA the World's fastest boat

Date: 1978
Overall: 79 x 127 mm
Medium: Cloth
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Ken Warby
Object Name: Badge
Object No: 00004445

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    A cloth embroidered badge reading `SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA the world's fastest boat' with an outline of the hydroplane underneath.
    SignificanceThis badge is an example of the marketing and memorabilia produced for SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA during the 1970s.
    HistorySPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA is an Australian designed and built jet-powered, wooden, 3-point hydroplane that has held the world water-speed record since 1977. Breaking both the 300 mph and 500 km/h barriers, SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA raised the world record to 511kph in 1978 at Blowering Dam near Tumut NSW.

    Ken Warby, SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA's designer, builder and driver, achieved his world water-speed records on a shoestring budget. Warby built his hydroplane over two years in the backyard of his suburban Sydney home, using stringers, brackets, stock bits of timber, plywood, screws, epoxy and a military-surplus jet engine that cost $65. He eventually launched the boat in 1974.

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