Hovercraft year gets underway
14 Feb. 2004
By Robert Messenger
Chris Fitzgerald, chairman of HoverWorld Expo to be held in Canberra
from December 28 – January 3, has launched the build-up to the
event by declaring  the Year of the Hovercraft in the United States.
Australian-born Mr. Fitzgerald was the youngest competitor in the world's
first hovercraft race on Lake Burley Griffin on March 14, 1964, and the
Expo will mark the 40th anniversary of that event.
Mr. Fitzgerald, who is also chairman of the World Hovercraft Organisation,
is president of Neoteric Hovercraft, based at Terre Haute, Indiana USA.
He proclaimed 2004 the Year of the Hovercraft when Neoteric employees
and representatives of Schenker, the official HoverWorld Expo transport
company, gathered in Terre Haute to watch the Expo's PaceCraft set off
in a shipping container on its two-month journey to Australia.
The PaceCraft is a deluxe [Neoteric] hovercraft which will be exhibited
at museums and other venues throughout Australia until it starts the
first world championship hovercraft endurance race on Lake Burley Griffin