The Outlaws

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I decided that I had gone about as far as I could go with the Motocyclone and although I was somewhat sad to see it go, I had to move it on to someone else and build new one. I tried starting the new craft while I still had V2 but it really wasn’t a good idea. What I had done however was form a plan.

The plan.

First of all I wanted a new, light hull. Weight is very important in hovercrafting and V2 had become too heavy. I was unsure which hull too choose but “cheap” was important and “interesting” was important too.

 

The search was on.

A few years ago I spotted a craft I hadn’t see before. It was a twin fan design in turquoise and was called “The Texan Outlaw”

I rather liked the look of that and after some chatting I found the Geoff Sweetman was instrumental in its design and build. At the time I wasn’t on the lookout for a new craft but now I was. It turned out that Geoff had the moulds and was looking to sell so I set off down to Kent in August 2008 with a borrowed trailer, some cash and a slice of optimism.

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What you can see in the picture above is my old friend Jake getting the bits off the trailer. What I actually got was a two-sided wooden mould and a GRP plug that had originally been taken from the mould and had then been modified to have a centre console. You can see the hull side of the mould is hanging down but that won’t be used again so it doesn’t matter. The top side is the planing surface mould and the plug is resting in it.

 

The first step was to be the refurbishment of the moulds and the start of the Outlaw dynasty.

 

The end

b68814ddfa8520c9ffb976e0af494753I had a lot of fun with Random Orbit mk2 but I decided I wanted to move on and that I couldn’t get it to go much faster so I sold it on.
The last time I saw it the old thing was still going strong. The majority of the hull is about twenty years old by now and it’s not getting any lighter but it still gives me a wee twinge of pride when I see it. In 2008 it was driven be David Northall in the HCGB national championship. It was sold on to race again but I’ve lost touch with it now.

Keep your eyes on ebay.