Steve Ball Built His Dragonfly Iii, Took It to the Water, Pedaled Like Crazy—and It's All Hover Now
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.
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