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Rupert Alcock

Born: 1937
Started racing: 1978
Died: ?
1984 - Winner Bristol Grand Prix in T1; 3rd overall T1 National Championships; 7th in T1 European Sprint Championships, Venice; 3rd in London Grand Prix, T1.
Rupert, age 44, racing his wolbold in Bristol, 1980
The following piece was kindly sent in by Rupert's widow, Celia.
Ruperts racing career began on Lake Windermere. Whilst sking there he spotted the power boats racing at Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club and joined the club. Eventually after a few years he joined Lancashire Powerboar Racing Club. In 1984 he won The Bristol Dock Monohull race. In 1985 he came 2nd in the National Race and 3rd in the International Race. Rupert also won London Dock race and came 2nd in 1986. He came 6th overall and 4th in his class at his first attempt at the Rouen 24 hour race. He raced regularily in Holland and Belgium and in 1988 won the 8 hour race at Alcudia in Majorca with the Dutch team. Rupert took the Osprey Rescue Team in his motorhome to their first Formula One race at Vichy in France and we all know what happened after that! Heart problems forced him to retire from racing, but not from the sport, as he transported the 2 Formula boats from the Thailand Ziggy Team around Europe for a season.
All photos supplied by Denise Gilderdale.
Rupert taking a dive after winning at Fairford
Rocking and rolling, Bristol Docks
Airborn in Bristol
Bristol 1985
Rupert being presented with ?
'84 at 48. Winning the 1984 Bristol monohull Grand Prix at 48 years young
Denise Gilderdale (Alcock)

Born: 18.01.63
Started Racing: 1983
1983 - 6th overall in T1 British Championships; 4th in T1 European Championships.
1984 - T1 National Champion; 9th in European Sprint Championships; 5th in London Grand Prix.
Rupert working on Denise's boat, Bristol
Rupert's daughter, Denise began her racing career in a monohull at the age of sixteen. 
In 1984 she went to Italy as part of the English team for the the European Championships. All the team  members came from the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club and was made up of Rupert, Stu Williams, Colin Brewer, Malcolm Cox and of course Denise. In 1984 Denise won The National Monohull Championship - the first woman ever to win a National Championship.
Bristol 1983
Bristol 1984
Grimshaw Racing publicity photo, Bristol
Steph racing at Sewartby, August 2011
All of Denises' children went on to race, following on in the family tradition. They all started in the Junior Class - Stephanie was 12, Dan 11 and Tom and Lauren were both nine when they started. In 2008 Tom achieved a World Record Speed on Coniston of 65:85 M.P.H. in his monohull and the Record still stands to this day (15.05.12). Lauren has raced for 2 years in the Juniors and Steff raced in monohulls. For the time being they are both taking some time out - but who knows what is going to happen in the future - with a pedigree like tha it's anybody‚Äôs guess. 
The Gilderdales - Steph standing, Denise steadying Lauren's boat
Lauren in her last race, Stewartby August 2011
Flying the flag, ending her last race with a lap of honour, Stewartby 2011
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