Steve Ball Built His Dragonfly Iii, Took It to the Water, Pedaled Like Crazy—and It's All Hover Now
updated 05/16/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/16/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
An inveterate tinkerer who lives in San Diego with his wife and two daughters, Ball, 46, has never gone overboard for the commonplace. His hydroplane Dragonfly I set the 1975 kilometer record at 101.476 mph. His Dragonfly II, a low-slung pedal car, won the 1983 world speed championship for human-powered, single-rider vehicles at 54.9 mph. Now Ball, who builds mock-ups for Nissan designers, has a dream for Dragonfly III—he's training to break the 14.89 mph world speed record for human-powered boats in September. "It's no slug," he boasts of his craft. Pedal harder, Steve.