Gilflite produced some of the countries fastest ever racing boats
GILFLITE® BOATS established 1966. by David Gill with the design, development and manufacture of many race winning and record breaking boats, including the displacement racing skiff that set a record which is still standing today. Development followed of the first truly stable rear drive runabout, this boat won every major race on the Australian calendar. In 1968 it was the first displacement boat in Australia to break 100mph in un-supercharged form. In 1969 David re-designed the planning surfaces of the famous Stampede – three point hydroplane racing boat. The Stampede then achieved an Austrlasion record of 155 mph after it’s previous best of 133mph (175mph one way).
The E.C. Griffith Cup for the Australiasian Unlimited Motor Boat Championship
VULTURE – Hull by David Gill – GILFLITE Boats
THE SYMBOL OF SUPREMACY
The Griffith Cup is the oldest perpetual trophy for motor sport in Australia. It began back in 1910 when Mr. E. C. Griffith first created the event which was in those days known as the Australasian Motor Boat Championship Unlimited. Unlimited powerboat racing was in those days a sport for the wealthy or apparently wealthy few, and their mighty motors thundered a chorus that could be heard for miles. Aircraft engines were no novelty even back in the twenties and thirties and some of the bigger car engines were double the capacity of the very biggest engines of today so their prodigious speeds in massive displacement and stepped hydroplanes were not to be taken lightly. They were real racing men in those days and boats were not treated with kid gloves like our present day hydroplanes. To race your boat back in the Golden years of the Griffith Cup you had to drive it to and from race meeting. Often the only navigation lights were the flames from the red hot open exhausts, but they were the pioneers of powerboat racing; they laid a foundation for the coming generations to follow that has been built on by the great names of today… With Hydroplanes powered by Rolls Royce Merlin engines, taken from World War II aircraft, and developing between 1700 and 2000h.p. All the entrants in the Griffith Cup are capable of speeds in excess of 90 m.p.h. which is equivalent to 200 m.p.h. on land.
Speed Boat Racing, the most spectacular form of motor sport.
Two Victorian Stars Battle it Out
STAMPEDE: Winner of 1970 Griffith Cup and VULTURE: 2nd place
Owner and driver of Australia’s fastest unsupercharged displacement boat VULTURE, John Lewis has over the years amassed an incredible number of Australian and Victorian speed records, including championship wins and countless second placings behind large hydroplanes like Stampede and Agressor. Winner of the 1975 E.C. Griffith Cup. Undoubtedly, Victoria’s top displacement boat with an official top speed of 101.64 m.p.h. VULTURE was designed and built by David Gill.
Jack “Scrubby” Long: SCRUBCAT – 266 c.i. side vave skiff
Built by David Gill
Built by David Gill
Check out John Lesis’ web page, the man behind the steering wheel of Vulture – the racing boat which to this day holds a world record for being the fastest boat of its type. Designed and built by David Gill and raced by John Lewis. http://www.bindy.id.au/vulture/welcome.htm
VULTURE — John Lewis Owner and driver of Australia’s fastest unsupercharged displacement boat VULTURE, Boronia plumber, John Lewis has over the last three years amassed the incredible total of 8 Australian and 10 Victorian speed records, 3 championship wins and countless second placings behind large hydroplanes like STAMPEDE and AGGRESSOR. Undoubtedly, Victoria’s top displacement boat with an official top speed of 101.64 m.p.h. VULTURE started out in Dave Gill’s boat works as a fast ski-boat to be raced occasionally. Originally powered by a 300 ci. V8. Chev., the present fuel injected 350 c.i. motor was fitted two seasons ago. Since then the boat has seen a lot of racing and no skiing. Following a bad accident during a feature race after last year’s Griffith Cup and more recently being thrown against the cockpit and knocked unconscious at Albert Park Lake, John may not enter the 1972 Griffith Cup with VULTURE. He may decide to wait until his new Gilflite hydroplane is ready to run before competing in a race of this nature which favours a fast hydro.