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Miss Supertest

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Their power boating quest led the Thompsons to build three versions of <i>Miss Supertest</i>, making each model faster that the last.

Driven by Bob Hayward, a mild-mannered and soft-spoken chicken farmer from Embro, Ontario, Miss Supertest III was the fastest hydroplane powerboat in the world, reaching speeds of 290 kilometres per hour. In Motor City USA on the fourth of July, 1959 Hayward piloted Miss Supertest III to a win in the Detroit Memorial. Less than two months later, the Canadian crew challenged the American champion and America's winning streak on the Detroit River for the Harmsworth. After three 72.4-kilometre races, the American dynasty ended, and Canadian dominance in the sport began. Hayward went on to win the Harmsworth twice more, the only three-peat in its history.

 

Gary Beck, a world champion known as the &quot;Quiet Canadian&quot; who erupted onto the car drag racing scene in the 1970s, won the first time he ever strapped himself into one of these landlocked missiles at a national event. Throughout his career, Beck was outstanding as a record-setting driver. He became the first Top Fuel racer to run in the 5.5's (1981), 5.4's (1982), and 5.3's (1983), and by the time he left the NHRA tour in 1986, Beck had won 19 Top Fuel titles, along with the 1974 and 1983 World Championships.

 

They are Footprints on the course of Canadian sport.