Powerboat museum plans for Oulton Broad
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The sight of powerboats zooming along the surface of Oulton Broad has been a weekly occurrence for many years.
Fans of the exciting sport flock to see the meetings of the Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club as powerboat racers weave their magic on the water.
And now there will be an even closer link between the fast moving powerboats and the Oulton Broad area as plans to set up a sporting museum gather pace.
The Fastonwater Foundation is a charity set up at the beginning of the year by three powerboat enthusiasts from the area, Roy Cooper, Jason Mantripp and Rod Richardson.
It is based in a temporary office on the former Brooke Marine site in Oulton Broad and the foundation is now eyeing up land to buy for the setting up of a history of powerboat racing museum.
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If enough funds are raised for the museum, it could have 14 powerboats on display as well as a host of archive photographs, race programmes and props and equipment such as helmets and uniforms.
The vast majority of the potential museum stock has been given to the foundation by the National Motor Boat Museum in Basildon, Essex, which has now closed.
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Among the collection is a Penderlieth 1960s boat, and a Seebold craft and the Charlie Sheppard and Kevin Desmond archives.
Mr Cooper, 60, from Pakefield, who has been a powerboat enthusiast since the 1970s, said: 'Powerboat racing is a fast and exciting sport.
'Our aim at the Fastonwater Foundation is to preserve and share the history of powerboat racing in the UK.
'We are now looking for an appropriate site for the museum, preferably within distance of Oulton Broad and we could even get some of our boats out in the water.
'So far we have had a good response from people who love powerboats and we hope the museum may introduce new fans to powerboat racing.'
Originally the Fastonwater Foundation had wanted to rent a building for its museum and asked powerboat fans to pledge their financial support, resulting in about 30 people responding by sending in £1,600.
Anyone interested in the Fastonwater Foundation can visit its website at www.fastonwaterfoundation.com