Miss Windermere IV is a 1200kg class hydroplane built for motorboat racing driver Norman Buckley, a Manchester solicitor. He set four world records between 1960 and 1971. She was one of a series of hydroplanes that Buckley designed and raced, helped by his mechanic Arthur Henderson. In total, Buckley set seven world records at Windermere in boats he designed himself. Buckley was the official timekeeper for Donald Campbell at his fatal world water speed record attempt in Bluebird on Coniston Water in January 1967. He was awarded an MBE in 1972.
Miss Windermere IV has been carefully cleaned and chrome work restored, and she will be on display in the new museum from opening.
|Builder||Borwicks of Windermere|
|Length||17ft 6in (5.4m)|
|Beam||7ft 6in (2.3m)|
|Engines||1959 Jaguar XK 1220C (modified to Type D specification), 1970 Jaguar modified E Type, 1973 Jaguar Type D|