There has been a sizzling hot debate going round in the boating community about the top five tunnel drivers of all time. With so many talented drivers out there, it’s clear that people are having a surprisingly hard time choosing the right boaters for this tiny list.
Here, we are looking for a person who has won the most races, knows how to put up a show for the fans and perhaps made a substantial contribution to the boating industry. They should also be from the era when boat racing was risky, fun and most importantly in its raw form.
The honour goes to Chris Bush, an American driver who impressed the crowd with his boating skills. He won the Duke of York Trophy race twice in 1986 and 1988 plus the Budweiser World Grand Prix Championship in 1988.
Bush also left a mark in the boating community with his custom-built boats. He seemed to relish this part of his career and ended up powering recreational boating in the US and beyond.
Bill was born in 1943 and started racing when he was only 11 years. But it wasn’t until 1958 when he claimed his first win, the American Power Boat Association Championship– a title that brought him to the limelight. He also won the Duke of York Trophy six times, the Paris six-hour and the prestigious Formula 1 Grand Prix World Series before retiring in 1997.
This Italian tunnel driver has had one of the most fascinating careers in competitive boating. He started racing in 1964 and has won numerous races over the twenty years he’s been around. Renato won the European Championship 11 times, took the Rouen 24 hours trophy four times as well as the Parker Enduro and the Berlin 6 hours.
Bob was a soft-spoken East Anglian with a reputation of having outstanding sportsmanship. He won the Paris six hours 4 times, the F1 European sprint championship, Parker Enduro and the London & Lyon Grand Prix.
John started racing in 1977 and won his first, the Dutch GP, in 1979. He also won the Spanish GP and ON British Championship the same year and came out at position two in the Paris 6 hour race in 1981. Besides his interests in racing, he also helped build the Mc Laren Cosworth engines that powered Emerson Fittipaldi to the world title in 1974.