Norman Buckley, a 48 year old solicitor from Manchester, broke The one-hour world water
speed record on 17 September 1956, in his motorboat, Miss Windermere III. The boat was driven at an average speed of over 79mph during his hour on the course on Lake Windermere in The Lake District of Cumbria.The previous record was 64.03mph, set by
Charles von Mayenburg of Germany. Mr Buckley designed & built his hydroplane boat, Miss Windermere III, himself. This was the third time he had tried to break the record. In 1951, he drove Miss Windermere at 63.53mph over a 24- mile course on the lake, breaking the speed record for 800kg class motorboats.