Notice the eight vertical exhausts on
one of the most famous “one-off” boats
of all time, the Dixie II. Designed by Clinton H.
Crane in 1908, this spectacular speedboat immediately dominated the
racing scene, winning the Gold Cup in 1908, 1909 and 1910, including
reaching a then world-record 36 mph in ’09. By the end of that win
streak, the Dixie II was popularly credited with a string of 100 victories,
including the Harmsworth Trophy, a symbol of national superiority.
Unlike so many boats of its era, the Dixie II has survived. It is on display
at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York. Models are hand crafted in much the same way and with the same materials
as the original vintage speedboats that they depict. Museum Quality!