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SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA stickers

Date: c 1978
Dimensions:
Overall: 62 x 505 mm
Medium: Paper, plastic, ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Sticker
Object No: 00000989

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    Description
    These stickers were produced by Speedo to promote the new world water speed record set by Australian Ken Warby in SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA on Blowering Dam in New South Wales in 1978. Stickers like these were distributed in Australia and North America during Warby's promotional tour from 1980 to 1981.


    SignificanceThe stickers are an example of the sponsorship and marketing memorabilia produced by the Speedo swimwear company to commemorate SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA as the world's fastest boat in 1978.
    HistoryThe SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA is an Australian designed and built jet-powered, wooden, 3-point hydroplane that has held the world water-speed record since 1977, raising it to 511kph in 1978 at Blowering Dam near Tumut NSW.

    The hydroplane's designer, builder and driver, Ken Warby, managed to achieve his records in this craft on a shoestring budget, beginning the project in 1972. The boat was built in the backyard of his suburban Sydney home and launched in 1974.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: STRIP OF FIVE IDENTICAL STICKERS INSCRIBED '"SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA", THE WORLD'S FASTEST BOAT'

    Web title: SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA stickers

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