"THE MAN WHO NEVER CLOSED THE TAP."

Author

admin

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

“THE MAN WHO NEVER CLOSED THE TAP.”

Colin Fair is no stranger to the older readers of MOTOR SPORT. lie was the first man to make a British outboard motorboat plane, and for some years was practically tutheatable in outboard racing. Many is the 1/6d. that has been collected on the strength of his appearance at a race meeting. He was known as the ‘man who never closed the tap.’ It was his firm belief that if a boat turned over when rounding a buoy at full bore, there was something wrong with the design. Once he had satisfied himself that there was nothing wrong with the design—well, the spray certainly flew. It seems no time since, on a memorable day in July 1928, the worthy C.D.F. was hurtling down the West Hays in his famous British Maid III, hundreds of yards ahead of the nearest competitor as usual. The crowd was glum. Why didn’t somebody ‘ push ‘ him ? Then he wouldn’t be able to slow down. But

wait He wasn’t slowing down anyway ! The ‘man who never closed the tap’ lived up to his title. But alas ; the wind was whistling across the corner with some force and suddenly the boat shot straight up into the air, submerging the petrol tank, silencer, and half the motor. “He’s in ! ” yelled the crowd. But they didn’t know their Colin. With his knees under the steering wheel, he proceeded some distance

in this undignified position until gradually the boat lowered itself onto the water and shot over the finishing line, while in the distance could be seen a press photographer mounting his motor cycle with a grin.

Several volumes of 7VIoTon SPORT could be filled with the exploits of Colin Fair but space is according to the Editor, valuable. It will be remembered, though, that he was the first holder of the ” Star ” trophy and winner of the “Motor Boat” trophy in 1929. Some races —both of them. He already has a small daughter who’s recreation consists of twisting ” Shearpin ” round her little finger. And now he has a son. Well, well !