Vintage Footage of the Thunderbird Video

The Thunderbird was the first boat to introduce gas turbine (jet) engines to the world of performance boating. This footage is from the 1966 Sam Griffith Memorial Race: a grueling 172-mile open ocean competition from Miami to Bimini and back. Out of 30 boats competing, some sank and others turned back. Only 2 boats were able to complete the race. In first place was the Thunderbird, finishing an entire 70 miles ahead of the only other boat to complete the race. The Thunderbird's crew is made up of Hal Hartmann (father of Hornet Marine President David Hartmann), Jim Wynne and Walt Walters (designers of the Hornet 17's deep-vee hull).

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