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Viareggio, Italy, 1970


Viareggio, 1970
now as N.44


Blue Tornado
on trailer
Viareggio, 1970

Images below courtesy of
Marco Bertini



Balestrieri, 1969
S. Margherita, Italy


S. Margherita, 1969

Image below courtesy of
Fabrizio Torroni, &
Marco Bertini



Maestrelli on Blue 44
Viareggio, 1973

Off Shore Powerboat Racing

The Golden Years

BLUE TORNADO

The Blue Tornado was raced briefly by Vincenzo Balestrieri in 1969. In late 1969 Count Walter Pasquini purchased the boat, renumbered it 44 and, as a member of the Tornado Racing Team, competed in two events of the 1970 season. Tragically, Count Pasquini's life and promising racing career was cut short by an auto accident on October 9th, 1970.

    

    

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Walter Pasquini on Blue Tornado 44 Race History

Viareggio–Bastia–Viareggio, July 19th 1970

This was the first of the two races. Actually, at his arrival Count Pasquini was 4th, since Tim Powell 007 was initially disqualified for skipping a buoy close to Gorgona. However, Powell was later readmitted to 4th in the final standings

Order of arrival :

1st "Black Tornado" (Cary Marine 32' - MerCruiser) - Vincenzo Balestrieri (ITA)- Jack Stuteville (USA) - in 3h 09' 01'' 8 – average speed 58,72 knots

2nd "Red Tornado" (Bertram 32' - MerCruiser) - Francesco Cosentino (ITA) - Mike Vandemberg (USA) - in 3h 09' 55'' 3 - average speed 58,44 knots

3rd "Mister Charly" (Bertram 32' - MerCruiser) - Ronny Bonelli (ITA) - Attilio Petroni (ITA) - in 3h 15' 55'' - average speed 56,65 knots

4th "Avenger Double O Seven" (Allday 33' - MerCruiser) - Pascoe Watson (GB) - Tim Powell (GB) - in 3h 42' 13'' 5 - average speed 49,95 knots

5th "Blue Tornado" (Magnum 28' - MerCruiser) - Walter Pasquini (ITA) – Antonio Guidi (ITA) in 3h 46' 52'' 8 - average speed 48,92 knots

6th "Gnam VI" (Cosca - BPM) - Emilio Mangini (ITA) - in 5h 01' 18'' 7 - average speed 36,84 knots

7th "Vota Pensieri" (Sapri 27' - Volvo Penta) – Petrone - Petrilli - in 6h 58' 36'' - average speed 26,51 knots

8th "Superfisherman" (Mochi Craft 25' - Perkins) - Renato Raffaelli


Grand Prix du Lac Léman, September 20th 1970

Order of arrival :

1st "Miss Enfield 2"- Tommy Sopwith

2nd "Blue Tornado" - Walter Pasquini & Vincenzo Balestrieri

The Grand Prix du Lac Léman, organized by Société Nautique de Genève, was not an official World Championship race but both Walter and Vincenzo decided to participate together with Blue Tornado. No other OP1 powerboat, aside Miss Enfield 2, participated.


Mark, Walter's nephew recalls: "At dinner at the Baur Au Lac, where we all were staying, I was allowed to ask a question to Mr. Balestrieri: why he was participating with my uncle and not with his Black Tornado. Somehow he replied this way:
1) It was a “friendly race” and it was good training before going to the States for some important race valid for the championship, (he eventually won…);
2) He knew that Tommy Sopwith was participating, (w/Miss Enfield 2) and this was making good sense for participating as well…
3) He was pleased in running with my uncle, he retained a good teammate and also friend."


Mark, further recounts: "Unfortunately uncle Walter, only a couple of weeks after such race, perished in a car accident on the highway. It was Friday October 9th, 1970.
The funeral took place in Rome a few days later, but Mr. Balestrieri could not be present due to the race(s) on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I remember my aunt reporting that, on the phone, he was very touched and promised he would have dedicated his eventual victory to his friend Walter."




I would like to thank Mark Attilio Freney for contributing these photos and the stories for the Tornado Racing Team website.


Alex Balestrieri

Viareggio Bastia Viareggio
1970

















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