Waverley family set to get back on water

By Staff Reporter

The Lupton family from Waverley will be back out on the water with their hydroplanes this weekend.

After December's Wanganui event had to be shut down due to choppy waves, starting today the Luptons will have another chance to compete on Lake Karapiro as part of the Festival of Speed Tour.

"This weekend will see the 88th running of New Zealand's most prestigious trophy, the Masport Cup," said Denise Moughan, president of the New Zealand Powerboat Federation.

"The Waverley guys have been working hard to get their boats ready."

There are 13 entries for the cup a mixture of NZ Formula One boats, Blown Unlimited displacements and modified hydroplanes.

This is also the second round of the NZ Formula One tour and the North Island Modified Hydroplane and North Island Formula 2 championships will be on the line.

Moughan said the federation applied to host the 2014 UIM World Grand Prix in this country and "at this stage it should be ours to run".

Ken Lupton is getting his new American-designed boat ready to head to Australia in April to compete in the EC Griffith Cup.

Father Warwick Lupton in his Annihilator boat, along with drivers like David Alexander and Raymond Hart, is also gearing up for Australia.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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