I keep hearing this phrase ‘sight and sound’ from various quarters used in the supposed sense that the replica will provide the impression of K7 being on the lake, thus rendering running K7 herself redundant.
I don't know why you fret about it. People can't wait to see K7 run, we hear it every day. Look at it logically for a mo...
Had our tribute act rolled out painted red, white and blue stripes and been sold to the media as Britain's new challenger it would have gone down a storm, they'd have lapped it up, press and public alike. But due to type-III activity the chance was lost forever and instead it came out as Tony Hopkins's old mount from the eighties and was therefore only reported on for three reasons.
1 - Some dozy reporter mistook it for the real thing, which of course is
2 - It got up a lot of peoples noses, most notably those of the Campbell family, (and you'd have to be pretty thick not to see that coming!)but even that wasn't enough to generate any interest until...
3 - It sank! And then the press suddenly had enough to print headlines like, 'You Blue It', or in plain speak, 'serves you right!'.
OK - so that's all water under the bridge now, what next?
Suppose it comes out again (and I'll be surprised if the good, Mr Morris throws too much good money after bad) and it works next time... big deal. All those people who remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of Campbell's accident don't care two hoots for a fake version. They want to see the phoenix rise from the ashes, the story to come full circle, a tragedy turned into genuine triumph, and when set against such a powerful backdrop I'm afraid a pretendy blue boat becomes awfully insignificant. Sight and sound, indeed... Don't make me laugh.
So we methodically continue our ground breaking museum conservation project until our title sponsor, Sky News, turns K7
's triumphant return into something huge and global then we lock the damn thing away in the museum and bugger off to get our lives back and build an aeroplane instead.
At the end of the day, the tribute act amounts to little more than a mild embarrassment. We Brit's are supposed to be quite handy when it comes to engineering, problem solving, determination and our do-or-die attitude.
Look at Thrust II, SSC and Bloodhound then look at what's being toted as our best effort at regaining the WWSR - a poorly reworked facsimile of something we did to death (literally) in the 1950s and 60s. Wowee! So it's being billed as a stepping stone to a new boat, but we all know how it started as a man's private toy some years ago, and much better suited to that role it is too.
Were it necessary to apply for a license to represent your country I think there'd be a bit of a holdup in processing this one.
I'm only a plumber from Cannock...
This is not put on as a public entertainment... it's put on to reach a certain goal.