When Lady Liz gets moving nothing can hold her back.
The grand prix hydroplane proved it had form while competing in the final of the four-round 2019-20 Hydro Thunder Series on Lake Dunstan last weekend.
Placed seventh coming in to the final of the series, pilot Jason Haggerty (32), who is based in Invercargill, put his skill to the ultimate test, managing to climb up the rankings to fourth.
Lady Liz, named after Jason’s grandmother, Elizabeth Haggerty, is owned by brothers Garth and Vic Haggerty, both of Cromwell.
After they bought the hydroplane, the name was an obvious choice.
Not only did they name it after their mother and grandmother, it was also given the number 273, which recognises Mrs Haggerty’s birthdate of March 27.
Jason, Garth’s son, had the privilege of racing the machine throughout the series, which included events on Lakes Taupo, Karapiro and Rotoiti.
He secured the job of pilot because he was the “fittest”.
“It’s time in the seat,” Garth said.
“It’s just experience and you have to be very fit.”
Jason knew he had “a fair bit of work to do” going into last weekend as he prepared to climb up the ladder.
Lady Liz was just one of nine grand prix hydroplanes competing in the two-day event.
The family of racers, dubbed the Haggerty Racing Team, also had their boat Miss Aberdeen on the water for the competitions.
Vic, who organised the event, was pleased to see the event back on Central Otago waters.
“We’ve done it over the years a few times time we ran here at this spot and in previous years we went to Kawarau Arm and now it’s all silted up, so that’s a great shame, really.”
However, Lake Dunstan proved to be a great location due to the space and vantage points it allowed spectators to watch from.