2005 a mate rang and said he had found a motor out
of an old speedboat which would suit a new Salt
race car I was building, so off to Salisbury South
Australia to check it out.
The motor was a Datsun 260Z with triple Webber
carbies. After we negotiated a price and loaded
the motor in the ute, the guy said, "okay
boys now take the boat as it was a deceased estate,
so the yard had to be cleaned out". We found
the old boat sitting on a trailer in about 3 feet
of grass and was told it had been there for about
20 years without a covering, so you can imagine it
was in a very sad state of repair.
We towed her back to a mate's place where we
repacked the wheel bearings and fitted a new tyre
and checked everything ready for a trip back to
Robe South Australia. We had quite an eventful
trip home, first a puncture in new tyre, then a
blow-out in the second one with smoke everywhere.
My wife looked out of her revision mirror and
thought the boat was on fire, so we had to park
the boat on the side of the road in the Coorong so
as to go home to Robe and get more tyres.
On our way back to Robe we blew a transmission in
our Nissan, so had to borrow our son's ute to go
back to pick the boat up. By the time we got home
I figured this boat was going to the tip, because
I only bought a motor but it came with a boat.
By time we got back to Robe with the boat our
daughter in law had Googled "Miss Cindy Speed
Boat" and all the history and photos came up
on "Miss Cindy" from Johnny's Pages web site. This
history saved "Miss Cindy's" life as it was destined
to be dumped, trailer and all.
We then decided to keep the boat and motor
together and put the boat in shed for near on 5
years till Salt race car was done and in 2010 I started restoration
of "Miss Cindy" which
took about 12 months. She went in the lake at Robe
on the 17th December 2010 and performed
Thanks to John's story on his website a little bit
of South Australian boating history has been