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Ken Warby's t-shirt

Date: 1970s
Dimensions:
Overall: 525 mm
Clothing size: 14
Medium: Cotton, nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Ken Warby
Object Copyright:
Object Name: Shirt
Object No: 00004446
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This white t-shirt has been screen printed with the red and blue logo designed for `SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA the world's fastest boat’. Made by Speedo, the major sponsor of the hydroplane's world water speed record attempts in 1977 and 1978, it is one of many products produced to commemorate SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA's world record achievement in 1978.
    SignificanceThe shirt is an example of the marketing and memorabilia produced by Speedo to publicise the SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA world water speed records in 1977 and 1978. It was worn by Ken Warby during his promotional tour of the United States from 1980 to 1981.
    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.

    Warby first claimed the world record in 1977, taking his home-made hydroplane to a speed of 464.44 km/h. In 1978 he returned to Blowering Dam in the southern highlands of New South Wales and pushed his record to 511.11 km/h (317.68 mph), where it still stands.

    Warby was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in recognition of his achievement. More information about SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA's construction, configuration and condition can be found on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Ken Warby's t-shirt

    Primary title: WHITE WITH DESIGN FEATURING THE "SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA" AND THE WORDS `"SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA" THE WORLD'S FASTEST BOAT' PRINTED IN RED AND BLUE ON THE FRONT

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