As well as being one of the most successful monohull drivers of all time, Dutchman Wiep Torenvliet also became one of Europe’s leading constructors of racing monohulls in the 1980s and 1990s. The high point of Wiep’s combined career as a driver and boat builder were his hat-
Wiep Torenvliet started building racing monohulls after he bought the moulds for the previously-
In 1991Wiep introduced his famous Torenvliet ‘wing’ boat, which proved itself to be THE monohull to have for fast and calm water circuits. As with his previous boat, Wiep raced this new boat himself with considerable success before he retired as a driver in the mid-
Above left: Wiep Torenvliet behind the wheel of his T850 at the 1987 Bristol Grand Prix (the first year he won the T850 event). Photo from Powerboating International.
Above right: Wiep showing some early musical talent. (Photo courtesy of Wiep Torenvliet).
Above: Mike Stark and Wiep Torenvliet celebrate their 1-
Below: Mike Stark at the wheel of the revolutionary wing boat. (Date, location and photo credit needed).
Above: Mike Stark's first visit to Holland, 1978.
Below: Wiep being interviewed at Bristol. (year needed).