Reid Railton, Man of Speed

In April 2018 the truly magnificent book Reid Railton Man of Speed was published by Evro and we discovered the rest of the Crusader story. Railton was deeply unhappy about the management of the Crusader project and decided to design the second generation record boat, working with his friend and fellow record breaker George Eyston. Everything he had learned from the Crusader project went into this new design which progressed as far as being incorporated into a tank test model built in secret by NPL (pictured here). And there, it seems it stopped because there were no funds available to build the full scale Crusader 2 boat.
Crusader 2 model