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Amanda Water Scooter An Unrestored One…


Pete Appleton

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It doesn't look like that anymore!
The fetching shade of pink is only the undercoat but it will soon be a shiny red and the hull is almost finished. After a bit more fettling the engine will be ready to go in and a test run is on the not too distant horizon. After that it will go on permanent display at the club HQ building because this prime example of innovation and optimism over commercial common sense has been, generously, donated to the club.

What we need to finish the job are.... a 7" propeller, the rubber bow bumper and the '200' badges for the sides. If anyone has any of these that they would be prepared to donate, or even just let us borrow as patterns, then please let me know.

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Comet

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Nice job Pete, and also very well done to the kind member that donated this. That is a top notch donation right there. Well done.
 

Pete Appleton

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I can report that the Vincent two stroke engine displays a most 'un-2stroke-like' readiness to start up and not break down. So much so that it even started second pull before a bunch of bemused onlookers when we tried it out this morning. Dick Sherwin got very excited and was last seen heading down river with a full tank of fuel.
Many thanks for the donation to the club. It will be a talking point in our headquarters building for years to come.

 

Miss Amanda Waterscooter

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I can report that the Vincent two stroke engine displays a most 'un-2stroke-like' readiness to start up and not break down. So much so that it even started second pull before a bunch of bemused onlookers when we tried it out this morning. Dick Sherwin got very excited and was last seen heading down river with a full tank of fuel.
Many thanks for the donation to the club. It will be a talking point in our headquarters building for years to come.

Fabulous to see it up and running. Well done to all concerned
Jennny B
 

ernie

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Where was the life-jacket? NO riding without please.
 

Pete Appleton

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It is less than two feet deep. Now if we were going to try it at West Mersea....
 

rapcom

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If we had been at West Mersea rather than a shallow mill-pond, I would have wanted a wet-suit, a life-jacket, a safety boat, and an Air-Sea Rescue hecilopter, and I would still have sent you first !
 

Pete Appleton

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Here is a job for someone who is interested in genealogy... As you will see from the attached image, Ted Davis says that Vincent Test rider, Johnny Penn's body was found on the Suffolk coast a few months after his disappearance whilst testing the Amanda. Ted claims that he is buried in Leiston. Bizarrely, that is the village where I work. I would love to find the grave to complete the story.

I have been unable to find a location or any details. Has anyone got any ideas? A death certificate would be a good start but I can't even find that. Was Johnny even his real name? How old would he have been at the time?

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nkt267

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I'll see what else I can find..The newspaper report is 24 June 1958 Birmingham Daily Post
 

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