2009 Club Racing Dates
Oulton Broad
Date Time
25th Apr 6.00pm
2nd May 6.00pm
6th May 6.00pm
16th May 6.00pm
23rd May 6.00pm
6th Jun 6.00pm
13th Jun 6.00pm
20th Jun 6.00pm
27th Jun 6.00pm
4th Jul 6.00pm
11th Jul 6.00pm
18th Jul 6.00pm
25th Jul 6.00pm
1st Aug 5.45pm
8th Aug 5.30pm
15th Aug 5.30pm
26th Aug 4.00pm
8th Sep

12.00pm

 

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Area 31 Racing: Popoli and Konig project
 

1992 500cc Konig Powered Classic Popoli Hydroplane Restoration


The Area 31 Racing Teams third restoration project was to restore an old 'Popoli' hydroplane, that was similar to a hull the team used to compete with during the 1990s and was powered by a 500cc Konig engine.

 
The abandoned Cabover hydroplane prior to restoration
 

The team managed to trace down the original Italian designed 'Popoli' hydroplane that they used to raced and sadly found it in a dilapidated state. The Area 31 Racing Team set about restoring the hull back to its former glory. With the 'Popoli' hydroplane back in the teams garage it soon become clear that once again the team would have to completely rebuild the hull from scratch as rot had set into the framework.

 
The framework being built for the Cabover hydroplane
 

As with the previous two restoration projects, the first stage was took take all the measurements of the original 'Popoli', so the team could set about creating the stringers and framework for which the bottom and the decks of the hull would be built around. This proved to be a time consuming task and very often taking measurements from the original 'Popoli' was eye deceiving, with the team double checking the measurements to make sure they were correct, especially some of the curves in the decks.

 

The Restored Cabover hydroplane1973 500cc Konig engine being rebuilt

 

With the framework in place, the Area 31 Racing Team were able to firstly fit the bottom to the 'Popoli' style hydroplane, after which the hull was turned over so the decks could be fitted. With the wood then treated the team were able to paint the restored 'Popoli' hydroplane black to represent a similar paint scheme to what they raced with during the 1990's with the original 'Popoli'.

 
The restored 500cc Konig Powered Popoli hydroplane
 

To complete the rebuild the team had to restore the 1992 500cc Konig engine. With the engine restored the Area 31 Racing Team relaunched the restored 'Popoli' hydroplane back onto Oulton Broad in 2010 for the Mick Pentney Memorial Trophy. It was a fitting tribute to the teams late great friend as Mick used to compete with the 'Popoli' just before he lost his life in a powerboat accident on Oulton Broad. What was more special was that the team powered to victory in the first race the restoration project was back on the water.

 
The restored Konig Powered Popoli hydroplane relaunched
 

 

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