Hear the thunder

IT is a day known around Australia as one of the biggest gatherings of high-octane powerboats.

Big men with big engines that go fast and make a lot of noise.

But behind the shameless machismo on display at Sandy Hook, it is the storylines behind the drivers that make the event so special.

Since Bundy Thunder started in 2000 it has taken a special place in the hearts of racers from Bundaberg and beyond.

Western Australia Speed Boat Club member Paul Harvey travels 45000km to attend the event, then takes the long road trip back home to WA.

Harvey will bring his boat True Blue to Sandy Hook to compete in this year’s event after a big year in 2006 and a disappointing finish in 2008.

In 2006, he placed in both the Trojan Cup and Brad Pratt Memorial with his six-litre injected engine.

But 2008 was a gruelling trip, catching fire at the UIM International Display on the Gold Coast, and having to repair two engines in time for Bundy Thunder the next week.

While, for Jared Martin Bundy Thunder will present an opportunity to honour the life of his father, Larry, who died at the event in 2004.

Larry, a racing legend throughout Australia, has two events to his name.

One at Bundy Thunder and the other at Upper Hawkesbury Powerboat Club.

At Bundy Thunder racers will compete for the Trojan Cup, which is established as Australia’s premier six-litre displacement race.

Jared returns to Bundaberg on the Trojan team his father made famous.

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