Thursday 6 June 2019
6 – 8.00pm
On the 8th October 1978 Australian motorboat racer Ken Warby became the fastest man on water travelling at 511.10 kmh in The Spirit of Australia – a boat he built in a Sydney backyard. 41 years later the Warby motorsport team are back together in an attempt to go even faster. Warby’s son David is set to put his own jet boat Spirit2 to the test – a second generation jet-powered hydroplane. The attempt will take place mid to late 2019 on Blowering Dam – the same stretch of water Ken broke both world records. David’s aim is to not only beat his father’s record, but to extend it to 550 kmh.
Ken, David, crew chief Philip Frawley, engineer Rob Blackadder and sponsorship manager Gordon Eckel share the challenges of getting such a huge project off the ground.
Discover the history of The Spirit of Australia and how the team are planning to beat the record in a few months’ time in Spirit2.
"Rob, we’re getting the band back together!"
Ken Warby, Spirit of Australia. ANMM Collection ANMS1163
Hosted by the maritime museum’s David Payne, curator of the Australian Register of Historic Vessels, environment and communities.
Note: Ticket includes light refreshments and the opportunity from 5 – 6pm to see Spirit of Australia just outside the museum’s theatre.