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Lowestoft & Oulton Broad

Motor Boat Club

Founded 1933

Photo Gallery / 1950's                              

Alan Darby (left) chats to his rivals as they approach the Top Buoy. c.1953

29 Gordon Bowell (Brenda Ann) leads 96 Lonsdale Bonner (Lazy B) and 95 N. Wilson-Smith (Otter) during the 1951 Daily Mirror Trophy race.

The park appears to be a little crowded !


1951 : Harmer Copeman in the Darby One Design inboard Squib

1951 : June Oldman in the Daily Mirror sponsored club hydro Futter.

1953 : Owen and Jack Moore were  frequent visitors from the south coast.

1955 : Fixture list of club meetings at Oulton Broad

1952 : A successful year for Alan Darby in the Johnson powered Wicky.

1955 : Margaret Juler (Bottom Drawer) the leading femail driver during the 1950s.

1956 : 389 John Page in Hellcat and 343 Billy Leech in Swift Wing.

1957 : Doug Raphael in the Konig powered hydro Jane-Ann.

1953 : The Annual Dinner was held at the Hotel Victoria

1959 : Owen Moore, winner of the Daily Mirror Trophy in Swift Wings, Royal Enfield powered.

1950 : Harmer Copeman in Barracuda, winner of the Battle of Britain Trophy.

1956 : 250 Jack Bird and 343 Billy Leech chase Red Kinselly the winner of the Mirror Individual.

1958 : David Jones in Smoky winner of the Daily MIrror Individual Trophy.

1953 : Pre-computer lap scoring

1957 : A huge favourite with the spectators, Toby Sutton the Ventnor/Chevrolet powered Rooster

1953 : Peter Stanton won the Daily Mirror Trophy in the JAP powered Geisha.

Darby Juler etc

1951 : 55 Toby Sutton in Zizza battles with 41 Billy Nichols in Rapier at the top bouy.

1950 : Don Juler in Ifit II

The 1950 Prize Presentation at the Hotel Victoria.   L to R : Alan Darby, C. Turner, Joan Oldman, Charles Drake, Ron Howes (still a club member in 2018) and Harmer Copeman.

The race programme for the

1951 East Coast Championship

The Daily Mirror Individual Trophy was originally an inter-club event and raced at Oulton Broad in 1952. Charles Harrison, captain of  the victorious Britiish Outboard Racing Club, is seen here with the silverware.

Derek Ring from the London Club, King of the Broad in 1957 driving Progressive II, a 650cc Mercury powered Flying Fish.

Bert Hayward in the Johnson powered Skip, winner of the Earl Howe Trophy in 1952 & 53.

1952  The latest photo to be added to the archive is that of the comedian, singer and actor George Formby. The Lancastrian was a regular spectator of the motorboat racing at Oulton Broad which he viewed from his cruiser the Lady Beryl. He normally kept a low profile but on one occasion he was persuaded to present the trophies on the veranda of the Wherry Hotel. This particular photo - taken at the Yacht Station with the Maltings in the background - also features the very popular comedian and film star Max Miller who was appearing in summer season at Gt Yarmouth.

1957 Toby Sutton in Rooster 1950 Prize presentation 1952 George Formby & Max Miller on Oulton BRoad 1952 D Mirror Ind Trphy with Charles Harrison 1951 Daily  Mirror 1955 Race programme

1955 Race Programme