The boat was advertised as Cordite and was the winner of the Putney - Calais - Putney race. A bit of research on the internet and in particular the powerboatarchive2.co.uk website, showed that Cordite was Steve Bakers 23ft Phantom, which did take part in the Putney Calais race in 1972. The measurements were checked, just in case, and it measured 21ft which confirmed that the boat wasn't Cordite. However, Cordite did have a Rover engine and had the race number 088. So, if the boat wasn't Cordite, what was it? The advert also said the boat was an Avenger 21 which made more sense. Going back to the powerboat archives an Avenger 21, 'Easy Rider', with a Volvo race leg, did take part in the 1971 Putney Calais race and was the only boat to complete the course, technically winning, but actually came second overall in the race.
Cordite, Steve Baker's 23ft Phantom
Unknown Avenger 21, but having the same race number as Cordite
The Avenger had a volvo race leg and so too did 'Easy Rider'. 'Easy Rider' originally had a purple coloured hull and a closer inspection of the Avenger hull showed, that underneath the red paint, the original gel was indeed purple.
The top of the Avenger has been altered considerably, hence the confusion between the Avenger and Phantom. Could the race deck come from Cordite? We'll carry on the research and keep you informed.
It is now thought that the decking didn't come from 'Cordite' but from another Phantom 23. It looks as if it was just a case of mistaken identity, however, the research still continues. We now know, thanks to Graham Stevens, that the boat was raced in 1982 under the name 'Piper' by Eddie Perk.
Here are some pictures of the restoration work:
The 'Cordite' mystery has finally been solved!. In the early 1980s Eddie Perk and Patrick Eccles bought the boat. 'We bought it as shown below, It had been burned out and the Volvo engine removed. We were able to buy a “slim” (Volvo) lower leg from a guy who also raced a boat in Class 3D . His Dad did the upholstery. We fitted a modified Rover V8 which we modified at Piper and we raced it with both Tecalmit fuel injection and 4 x Webber IDA down draught carbs. The leg and trim tabs were all OK after refurbishing . I bought a cockpit surround , part deck and engine cover from Steve Baker (Phantom Boats) and fitted that.' - Eddie Perk