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Bloke popped in the other day.  Has this 'mini power boat thing' hanging in his garage.

 

It's about 6' long with a Briggs and Stratton engine,  what looks like a pressed tin ( diecast?) rudder.  Apparently they used to race them around a 'lake in Takapuna'

 

He's keen to find out more about them as he doesn't want to just trash the thing

 

Anyone have the foggiest notion what it might be?

 

I wouldn't know what it looks like - I haven't seen it.  Going on what he's told me....

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as an aside

 

there are 4 officially sanctioned, extremely limited and legal ways to bet on 'public races' in japan

 

mini-powerboat racing is 1 of them

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqn5nuRkAxM

 

the others are

 

horse racing tracks, pro track cycling, called keiran, which has made it to the olympics  

 

+ my fave is asphalt speedway

 

https://youtu.be/kus0Fc8LTEg?t=65

 

there is a also a certain fascination with baby racing

 

https://youtu.be/W9naCw229K8?t=48

 

and with the world and the internet being what it is

 

you can sort of combine the 2

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7EXbsX7IuA

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