View Full Version : 50's Aura River Speed Races - Aurajoen Vauhtikisat Turku Finland

01-23-2012, 02:06 PM
In the fifties they used to have these river races here in my hometown, Turku, Finland. They were held between the top Finnish boat racers, and for example Rauno 'Flying Finn' Aaltonen used to race there. I've got a bunch of pictures from the boat club (Turun Moottorivenekerho) who was the organizer of this event. Here are some examples:

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We've also owned two of the boats which raced there. The other one, Sikari, a 1929 Åbo Båtvarf prototype (which we still own) is in the last picture in my blog post (http://www.puuveneblogi.blogspot.com/2011/10/aurajoen-vauhtikisat-1950-luvulla.html), and the other one which we have already sold was this one:

My father with the boat.

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Now a lots of pictures of the Aura River Speed Races can be found here. (http://www.puuveneblogi.blogspot.com/2011/10/aurajoen-vauhtikisat-1950-luvulla.html) My blog is in Finnish, but at least in this case the pictures tell more than a thousand words! :)

I hope you enjoy. I also hope this is the right section for this thread.

Master Oil Racing Team
01-23-2012, 07:42 PM
Wow....thanks Vesiapina. Those are very good pictures. Would like more of anything you can post.

01-24-2012, 10:04 AM
I'm glad you liked the pics. At the moment I have 3 more pictures but haven't uploaded them yet. I'll post them later here and in my blog. All the other pictures are in the blog link that I already included in the first post. :) I'm also doing little research so I'm pretty sure I'll find more pictures later.

02-12-2012, 11:39 AM
Three more pictures posted here in my blog! (http://www.puuveneblogi.blogspot.com/2012/02/aurajoen-vauhtikisat-50-luvulla-osa-2.html) Enjoy! :)