Miss England II, the legendary British powerboat, was the first speedboat to cross the 100mph barrier. As such, it holds a unique place in the history of sport and "Race Against the Odds" is the result of thirty years of research by a powerboat historian who has successfully uncovered not simply a story of a speedboat but a profoundly human saga. What is this tragic success story; what were the odds that Miss England II came up against? Among the odds that Miss England II faced were: that such sophisticated equipment could be combined with such a fragile hull; that Miss England II could achieve a record in the muddy log-infested waters of a South American river; that she could fail on Windermere; that she could be salvaged; that she could crash twice with survivors; and, that her components might be recycled and used to break speed records in the 1930s and 1950s in South Africa! "Race Against the Odds" is a fascinating addition to power-boating history whether you are an enthusiast or not. With previously unpublished facts and photographs of record-breaking history, motor-sport history, and British patriotic history it makes fascinating reading.