Midnight Miss tears  into action at Sandy hook for the Bundy Thunder Power Boat Racing event.
Midnight Miss tears into action at Sandy hook for the Bundy Thunder Power Boat Racing event. Mike Knott

Crowds down but Thunder roars

ROARING engines, huge speeds and brilliant weather drew thousands to Sandy Hook for the Wide Bay Australia Bundy Thunder over the weekend.

Despite big crowds, event co-ordinator Sue-Ellen Pitt said numbers were down compared to last year's event.

“It's a bit of a surprise, especially considering the weather we have had,” she said.

Ms Pitt said final numbers had not been tallied yet.

Crowds were not the only part of the 11th Bundy Thunder which was smaller, with fewer boats entering the races.

“The reason for that is there have been increased safety restrictions which had some people pull out,” she said.

“There have also been some other major racing events either side of Bundy Thunder which meant people have not come.”

The event also said a final farewell to driver Graham Coddington and his boat Midnight Miss, who had been racing at the event since it first started.

Mr Coddington was honoured with a farewell lap around the course.

For Nigel Fuller and his son Sean, the event could not have been better.

“The noise, the atmosphere and the fresh air - it's just been fantastic,” Mr Fuller said.

For Sean, the highlight was meeting the drivers.

“It's awesome; they are all really friendly,” he said.

The event also attracted former power boat driver Nev Williams, 71, from Townsville.

“I love coming down here,” he said.

“It's a really friendly event and then there are the boats, of course.”



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