Air show's boat grand prix deal

A four-day spectacular linking the Lowestoft Air Festival with a prestigious national powerboat grand prix has been confirmed in a deal which will attract hundreds of thousands of people to the town and provide a multi-million pound boost to the region's economy.

A four-day spectacular linking the Lowestoft Air Festival with a prestigious national powerboat grand prix has been confirmed in a deal which will attract hundreds of thousands of people to the town and provide a multi-million pound boost to the region's economy.

This year's two-day seafront air show, which will take place on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, will be followed by a weekend of top class racing in the Honda Power Boat Grand Prix.

It emerged at the end of last year that talks to stage the event in Lowestoft for the first time had started and confirmation of its appearance is a major coup for the area, which made more than £11m from last year's air show and is now looking forward to one of the biggest long weekends in its history.

Air festival spokesman Barry Hartley said: "The town will benefit from a huge influx of visitors. The air festival is now established as the best attended air show in Europe - estimated at 420,000 people over the two days last summer - while the Honda race series is a national event which receives television coverage and regularly attracts crowds of more than 40,000.


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"There are still many details to discuss, but the directors felt it would enhance the air festival as well as providing a major new attraction for residents and visitors to Lowestoft."

The Honda Powerboat Grand Prix, which is held at six locations around the UK from May to September, has been running for seven years, but this is the first time Lowestoft has been picked as a venue.

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The boats will race over a course between the South Pier and Claremont Pier and will provide spectators with superb views from both the beach and seafront.

About 40 four-stroke powerboats will race at speeds of up to 70mph in two races on both the Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with practice sessions taking place in the mornings.

The 11th Lowestoft Air Festival will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falkland's war with a big flying budget to give four hours of displays on both the Thursday and Friday.

The four-day programme will also include many attractions on the ground including exhibitions and the appearance of the Eastern Lights Motorcycle Cavalcade on the Sunday.

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