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« on: May 08, 2008, 09:13:45 PM »

Whilst Sid was recouperating from the Wagga incident, he already had his sights set on the World Outboard speed record.
Sid built his hydro from plans he bought from a Yankie designer.
He powered the hydro with the latest power plant at the time from Mercury the Twister IIX.
The motor was based on the 150hp Merc and these race motors easily out performed the successful Twister II.
His rig exceeded the Australian Record of 124mph in July 1978.

With the World record well within in his sights, Sid repowered his Hydro with Mercs newest race motor, a T3.
The T3 was a V6, born from the 175hp Black Max.

During a record attempt on 20th October 1979 at Lake Munmorah in NSW, Lil' Fox (the Hyrdro) came to grief. Sid was 43yo at the time.
In the early stage of the kilo run, at approx 200kph, the skeg snapped off the gearbox and Lil' Fox slewed sideways, then barrel-rolled and desintergrated into fragments. During the incident, Sids parachute became entangled around the V6 as plummeted toward the bottom of the lake. Luckily, the lake was only a few metes deep.  With only a short stint in Gosford Hospital with a dislocated left shoulder, Sid had cheated death again.

Not too long after that incident, Sid announced his retirement from the sport.

Thanks for all of the great memories Sid. It still just seemes like yesterday.
 

MERCMAN.
 
 
 


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