A large gathering of friends gathered at the mansion house Newtown Park in Britain’s New Forest to pay their respects to a truly remarkable man, Charles Burnett III who tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash in New Mexico on the 17th January 2018.
Charles was a larger than life character who lived life to the full. His enormous wealth gave him the opportunity to indulge in the world of fast cars, fast boats and he had a collection of veteran motor cars that are almost priceless. However, Charles didn’t keep his hobbies to himself as his long list of friends will testify, sharing his fun with all and sundry.
Charles was born in England but lived in Texas most of his life. He was always up for a challenge and he had a particular fascination with steam setting a world record of 139.8mph in a steam powered car. Powerboat racing was another one of his passions and he will be remembered for winning the 1996 Cowes Classic aboard his Seatek diesel powered Buzzi RIB ‘Buzzi Buzzard.
Charles Burnett, the 61 year old adventurer, is a sad loss to powerboat racing circles and the wake, staged at his UK country home Newtown Park will be remembered as a fitting tribute to a man who always seemed to have a smile on his face.
Newtown Park – Charles Burnett’s UK home
‘Buzzi Buzzard’ – 1996 Cowes winner
A tribute in memory of Charles Burnett III