Power Boat Racing – One for the Petrol Heads!
I had my first ever dose of Powerboat Racing recently when Queensland Holidays sent me to Bundaberg, Australia to experience Bundy Thunder – a weekend spectacular of high powered boats hooning down the Burnett River.
I guess you can call it motor racing on water – and if you feel like suffering a bout of industrial deafness, Bundy Thunder is a good way to do that if you want to mix power and water!
There are a number of heats and finals involving different classes – including the boats everyone wants to see/hear, the 6 litre V8 class which probably scared off the river’s fish for a few days!
But I actually quite enjoyed watching how competitive the Powerboat Racing is, and how passionate the drivers and fans are about this once a year event. Some of these boats reach face-pulling speeds of around 200 kilometres per hour. Luckily, the police don’t have speed traps located along the river!
However, I thought some of these drivers were a bit crazy, especially when I managed to capture one of the Powerboats almost back flip due to a sudden gust of wind!
Screw that! I’m not sure how big their premiums on life insurance are!
Thousands of people watch the event across the weekend – which like other great Australian events like the Cockroach Races, State of Origin Rugby League and attending the Cricket, is a good excuse to have a couple of beers and have a good time!
Power Boats Video – Bundy Thunder
I put together a short video about Bundy Thunder – have a look!
I’ll need to bring earplugs next time!