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    Record-Breaking Hispano-Suiza Hydroplane To Be Auctioned
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    The incredible 36-liter 1930s powerboat that once raced along the Seine in Paris at more than 81 mph and survived WW2 hidden inside a barge.

    Bonhams is set to auction the legendary, speed record-breaking 1934 "Rafale V" hydroplane race boat at its sale on Thursday February 8, at the Le Grand Palais in Paris.

    The classic speed boat was bespoke-ordered new by bon vivant, businessman and racing enthusiast Emile Picquerez, and handbuilt by Chauvière boatworks in Vitry-sur-Seine, France. It was powered by a 36-liter V12 Hispano-Suiza aero engine, and initially named "Aurora."

    Picquerez was the director of the Tecalemit company, a major supplier of equipment for cars and aircraft, and a great fan of both yachting and motor boating. Unusually for the time, he ignored the barriers which separated the two disciplines at the time, and was responsible for several famously innovative race boats in the period between the wars.

    Aurora, named after his beautiful Argentinian wife, caused a sensation when unveiled to the public in July 1935. Its beautifully crafted double-diagonal mahogany planked hull, 28-feet (8.5-meters) long, was pinned together by thousands of countersunk copper rivets.

    Its Hispano-Suiza engine was specially developed for unlimited-class powerboat competition by the Bois-Colombes-based manufacturer, under the technical supervision of Hispano's chief engineer, Marc Birkigt, with subsequent preparation by Hispano technicians Guido Cattaneo and Gabriel Raget (the latter an accomplished powerboat racer).

    In mid-summer 1936 – piloted by Picquerez himself – Aurora won the President of the Republic's prize at the Cannes Semaine Nautique, averaging 90.34 kph (56.13 mph) over the 12-kilometer (7.4-mile) course. In July 1938, "Aurora" became the only unlimited-class entry to compete in the Lyons-Marseilles-Cannes race, which included both inland waterways and the open sea.

    Aurora was sold subsequently to Commodore Gerard who modified the boat into its current form to improve high speed stability, adding the Tricoloure Cockade to her tail and renaming it "Rafale V" (rafale meaning "gust" in French, as in "gust of wind".) In Gerard's hands, Rafale V took part in races and speed events in Monte Carlo, Paris and upon Lac Leman at Geneva.

    Rafale V survived World War 2 hidden in a barge on the Seine and in 1965 was acquired by Robert, the Marquis de Goulaine, who then sold her to car and aeroplane collector Ed Jurist of Nyack, New Jersey, USA. She was shipped to America onboard the SS Eurymachus, arriving on May 19, 1969.

    Ed Jurist associate George Huguely Jr then stored Rafale V in a heated barn on his farm in Maryland, and it spent some time on display in Judge John C North II's private museum before, in November 1987, being offered for sale by Ed Jurist.

    It was later bought by the present British vendor, who had Rafale V rebuilt preserving almost all of her original fabric.

    Rafale V is estimated by Bonhams to sell for €600,000-800,000 (about $749,400-$999,120).


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    You could own this 800hp 36‑litre racing hydroplane.

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    Anyone who loves fast cars can’t help but have a soft spot as well for fast boats. And this is a very fast boat, and as scary as only a racing hydroplane can be…

    And it’s for sale. Yes, that could be you in the back there, hanging on for grim death behind, wait for it, a 36-litre Hispano-Suiza V12 with 800 horsepower. That was enough power to propel it up the Seine in Paris at 100mph while on Lake Evian in 1938 it hit 131mph.

    The imposing 8.2m (27ft) long hydroplane, Rafale V, was built by Chauviere on the banks of the Seine, commissioned in 1934 by the head of the Tecalemit organisation. The most powerful hydroplane of its type with the standard 650hp – before Hispano-Suiza upped the ante to 800hp – the sleek racer set several speed records, on lakes and in the Mediterranean during the Grande Semaine Nautique at Cannes.

    But it is perhaps the sight of it tearing up the Seine through Paris that is most evocative of the derring-do of the speed-crazed 1930s daredevils who drove it. Fittingly it is being auctioned by Bonhams on February 8th 2018 in the Grand Palais in Paris, near where 80 years before it roared past at 100mph.

    Feeling brave? You’ll need nerves of steel as well as a substantial sum: its presale estimate is £600-800,000.


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    Perhaps the sight of it tearing up the Seine through Paris that is most evocative of the derring-do of the speed-crazed 1930s daredevils who drove. Fittingly it is being auctioned by Bonhams on February 8th 2018 in the Grand Palais in Paris
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    Are you familiar with the boat?
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    There's a Link in that message(Arlene) for Games...I probably just ruined My Computer by clicking on it.
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    Wow, that's weird. I just eliminated the link in the message.

    I'll do some more digging.
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    The bots are getting good. They lift text from the source and drop it with a tracking pixel or a redirect.

    You'll want to delete that member.

    This was dealt with extensively on another forum I visit. I found a couple (one was the safety guy who was just curious) and they never came back. Chances are Arlene is never coming back. It was a drop and go. They only need a human long enough to get around the captcha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    There's a Link in that message(Arlene) for Games...I probably just ruined My Computer by clicking on it.
    You clicked on the link?
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    I thought it was Boat Porn....
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