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Author Topic: Tunnel boat Pickle Fork driven by Sid Goldfinch  (Read 30265 times)
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« on: May 08, 2008, 07:48:15 PM »

In a bid to crack the Ton, Sid decided two motors must be better than one.
So, he built a new boat. This boat was to be longer, wider and faster than his previous tunnel boat Lil' Fox.
Sid transplanted the motor from Lil' Fox and then he imported a new "BP" to keep the original motor company. The new motor was a later model and based on the 135hp platform.
The boat proved to be very competitive indeed. It sounded unbelieveable. However, in April 1970 Pickle Fork flipped during an Australian record attempt in Kogarah Bay. Sid escaped with only abrasions and cuts to the head and face, not to mention a broken boat and wallet.
Sid indicated Pickle Fork was doing approx 120mph prior the flip.

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008, 07:59:36 PM »

Here is a close up shot of his menacing Mercs.

If you look into the quincey pipes, you will see Soft Balls which Sid always inserted during storage and transportation to protect the pistons and bores from corrosion from exposure directly to moist air.
Recently, Sid told me he forgot to remove the Soft Balls on one occasion. He said the result was hillarious when he hit the keys Grin
It frightenen the heck out of all the bystanders.

The photograph that I scanned these pics from was that damn huge, I had to scan half of it at at a time.

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2008, 08:18:13 AM »

Here is another BP Merc which was posted on The Board quite sometime ago.

http://board.net.au/yabbse/index.php?topic=88.msg406#msg406

Perhaps it was one of Sids motors at some stage??

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2008, 01:46:28 PM »

Was this second motor in a marine shop in  Cowra.
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2008, 03:32:01 PM »

I doubt it Dave,
The BP in the above pic is presently owned by Guy Hanson in Victoria.
Guy is a friend of our Chairman.
I'm pretty sure I saw the exact same BP in a marine shop in Adelaide about 17 years ago. The more I think about it now...if it is the same BP I saw in Adelaide, I reckon it's more than likely it would have been previously owned by the Fuller boys who were racing a tunnel boat "Fullafun" in the unlimited/unrestricted class in the early 70's.
The first time I ever saw the Fuller boys run, was in 1975 when I went to Goolwa in SA for the Australian Outboard Championships.
Although, they were running a TwisterIIX on a new boat by then.

Perhaps the BP you saw at Cowra Marine was one of Sids???
The plot thickens. I know a few people who can help me unravell this.
While I'm at it, I'll try and find out how many BP's made it to Aust'.
Stay tuned..

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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2008, 11:27:38 AM »

Hi mercman,

Had a great chat to David D today, got me up to date on what you blokes been talking about, all very interesting stuff I must say, in reply to your thoughts on the BP Mercs around, I know that I have owned mine for about 20 years, so there must be another one in Adelaide!! It would also be fun to find out not only how many were in Aus but how many are left? Just wanted to let you know that I have raced the BP in recent times and it is still a very impressive motor for its capacity, it runs well against the 4.2 ltr and 5 ltr displacements and modern outboard mono hull with twice the power, it will do about 90 MPH on a 16ft Fuller tunnel boat, it starts and idles and screams its head off and never stops, in fact it is perfect, I love it Grin Talk soon Regards Guy
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2008, 09:55:02 AM »

Re- the motor at Cowra Marine.

It came to Cowra when Cec Peterson purchased it and ran it on Thunderbolt.

Ces sold it to Tony Barton.
After it was banned  Tony ran Thunderbolt with other motors until he flipped it ,Again, Both were rebuilt , both man and machine and retired.

Tony and I put the motor together for fun and show
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2009, 09:15:46 AM »

Re Thunderbolts past history,

Thunderbolt ex Twister ex Discounter out of Melbourne  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2009, 10:49:06 AM »

Here is an interesting snippit. Sid Goldfinch just phoned me and said Cec Peterson was asking for the web address of The Board.
Sid said he had misplaced it, so he gave Cec my phone No.
Sid also said Cec had heard there was some discussions on The Board about BP's
I'm expecting Cec to call in the near future.

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009, 11:19:38 AM »

Looking forward to his input Guy
Hope you are having a great boating January.
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2011, 12:21:57 PM »

The things you learn... Earlier today, I was lucky enough to be speaking with one of Sydney's most famous timber boat builders..the great Cec Quilkey.

Cec informed me that it was he who actually built "Pickle Fork" for Sid Goldfinch. Cec also said, he and Sid still play Golf together. Smiley

Cec is now digging out some special photo's for me. Very soon, I hope to have some interesting history as far as twin rigs are concerned. Thanks for providing me with the idea Aaron. Cool

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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2012, 06:29:01 PM »

Off topic in a way but
 top weekend last weekend
http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/other/powerboat-racing-a-model-for-spectators/2586720.aspx


a few old faces in the crowd
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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2012, 06:32:44 PM »

further,
http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/other/memories-resurface-as-tunnel-boats-are-back-in-city/2590150.aspx
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« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2012, 07:36:53 PM »

Hi Paul,
I'm guessing you somehow may been connected to fast boats and outboards inn the 70's too?
 
It's a shame I didn't know about that particular weekend earlier. I would have loved to been there. Our member Old Racer and I were at Wagga when Sid's boat flipped and fell on Bert's boat. Cec Peterson didn't quite get the year correct and the race wasn't a 1 hour Marathon either, it was the Arch Spooner Gold Cup, never mind.
Old Racer and I didn't know each other when we were in Wagga. As another coincidence, Old Racer will be sharing stories over many Beers this coming Friday night.
I'm sure we will dredge up some great memories. I can't wait.

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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2012, 09:04:07 AM »

Mercman,
   You could say I was involved.
The newspaper reporters tend to not hear or understand the information given over phones.
Examples of incidents that occoured during a sportsmans career can be reported to have happened in the wrong places.
We remember where and when.

Cowra Marine, All service motors, Reids Marine, Twister's, Ring-O-fire, Berts Boat's,Crazy Horse,Discounter,Cowra 250 enduro, Grafton,Griffith, etc,etc
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