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Napoli 1968


1966 Dauphin d'Or


Napoli 1971

Off Shore Powerboat Racing

The Golden Years

I would like to thank Marco Bertini for his contribution of photos and scans for the Tornado Racing Team website. As time permits, I will be incorporating many of these images within the appropriate pages. In the meantime, I will post them all on this page for your enjoyment.

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Balestrieri

Don Pruett


Dick Bertram - Viareggio '64


Aronow, bigger than life!

Two of Balestrieri's competitors in 1964: To the left, Dick Bertram and to the right, Jim Wynne on the Settimo Velo, which he raced in that year's Viareggio-Bastia-Viareggio competition.

To the left, Balestrieri is presented with his trophy, following the 1964 Viareggio-Bastia-Viareggio. To the right, Jim Winne's Maritime, 1965 V-B-V winner.

A couple of nice images of the Delta Blu raced by Balestrieri in 1966 and winner at the Dauphin d'Or

Gianni Agnelli's Ultima Dea in the foreground and Balestrieri's Delta Blu in the background racing at the 1966 Dauphin d'Or. Balestrieri will go on to win the race. Seen to the right, accepting the winner's trophy.

Merrik Lewis and his Thunderbird

To the left, Jim Wynne's Ghost Rider from the 1966 season. To the right, Balestrieri starts the 1967 season with his Delta Blu, seen here at the Bahamas 500 with co-pilot Francesco Cosentino.

The 1967 Magnum in White and in Blu(e).

In 1968 Balestrieri and Pruett win the Trofeo Napoli on the Maltese Magnum White Tornado after some controversy on outside help. Apparently a can of oil was "borrowed" from a spactator boat and this was not allowed by the rules.

Two more victories for Balestrieri and Pruett in 1968: On the left, the Viareggio-Bastia-Viareggio, Balestrieri's second win at this race. On the righ, the race start at Oregrund, Sweden. This will be The White Tornado's last victory.

The 1968 edition of the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes was not a happy outing for Balestrieri and his Tornado. After battling with the Levi designed Surfury Balestrieri's boat hits hard and starts taking in water.
     

To the left, another of Levi's designs, the Delta 28. To the right, Lady Aitken and Attilio Petroni at the Cowes-Torquay ceremonies, discussing Balestrieri's mishap.

Needing a boat to complete the 1968 season, Balestrieri purchases Bill Sirois' Sternwinder N.90 and quickly renames it the Yellow Tornado N.4.


An image of Don Pruett to the left. To the right, Balestrieri dwarfed by Don Aronow and Don Pruett at the Sam Griffith Trophy presentation; Bill Schieffelin of Hennessy Cognac in the background.





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