Lee Taylor & Hustler
New Assault on Speed
The Harvey Aluminum Hustler, a high-speed jet boat has recently attained a speed of 200 mph. The present program on Lake Mead is scheduled to end in January. Before that time, the company and the driver hope to push the craft to a speed of 250 mph.
The driver, Lee Taylor, is seeking to better the mark of 276.34 mph set by England's Donald Campbell Australia in 1964. Taylor says that the Hustler performed exceptionally well and that only one major change has made to date. A more advanced hydraulic system was installed to control the thrust deflector.
The boat itself was designed by Rich Hall and is a 30-foot hydroplane powered by a J-46 turbojet engine with an output of 10,000 hp converted from thrust. The Harvey Aluminum Co. is located at 19200 S. Western Ave., Torrance, Calif.
(Reprinted from Sea and Pacific Motor Boat, March 1966, pp.106, 108)
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