View Full Version : Who's Who in Boat Racing

Pages : [1] 2 3

11-27-2004, 05:10 PM
We have over 500 names on the list with biographies for less than 10% so far. Please help us add to the list by clicking here (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=41), but more importantly, help us with the biography of the people already on the list! Your browser may show some of the names blue instead of black and/or underlined. Clicking on those names takes you directly to their biography! :) Names in bold type have a recent update to their bio.

Akers, Bob (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23&page=17&pp=10&highlight=Akers)
Alden, John Hot Rod Mod stuff Oakland CA
Allen, Bill
Allen, Don
Allen, Don Jr
Allison, Darris
Allison, Paul
Alexander, Charlie
Amos, Kirk
Anderson, Howard (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2092&postcount=100)
Apel, Adolph
Apel, Arno (Ventnor)
Apel, Jim (http://www.apelcustomboats.s5.com/)
Apel, Gene
Aronow, Don (http://baldknobmarina.com/aronow.htm)
Atwater, “Bruce” (Brewster, Jr.)
Aylor, Benny
Aylor, Buddy
Augustine, Davey
Augustine, Ian
Augustine, John "Pop"
Augustine, Pat
Augustine, Sean
Augustine, Tom
Babbitt, Bud
Babbitt, Buddy
Bailey, Charlie
Bakos, Johnny
Baldwin, Baldy
Baldwin, Wayne
Bartolomei, Harry (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1030&postcount=53)
Bale, Dwight
Baldaccini, Don
Baumann, Louie (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1383&postcount=74)
Beaulier, Darrell - image (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15664&postcount=218)
Bayer, Clyde
Bayer, Kenny
Beckhardt, Bruno
Bellville, Marcel "Clarence" (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44)
Bentz, Earl
Berghauer, Dee
Berghauer, Denny
Berghauer, Dewey
Berghauer, Harold
Berry, Tom (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=55727&postcount=382)
Birbarie, Skip
Blankenstien, Walt
Boggerman, Worth
Bogosian, Jack
Bogosian, John
Bogosian, Paul
Bonnemaison, Paul
Boris, Owen
Bowden, Fred (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1289&postcount=70)
Bowden, Todd
Bowman Hank
Bowman, Walker Texas? Tractor Lower units
Bowman, Craig
Bowman, Shannon
Boyd, Jack
Bradley, Doc "Boy" (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6148&postcount=198)
Bradley, Patty (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6148&postcount=198)
Briggs, Geoff
Briggs, Tim
Brinkman Harry
Brinkman, Tim
Brinkman, Todd
Brinkman, Vic
Broaddus, J. B.
Brown, Frank G. III
Buffington Al
Bunch, Dale
Burgess, Bill (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=71128&postcount=398)
Burgess, Joe
Bush, Chris
Butts, Tim (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3443&highlight=butts#post3443)
Caille, Alfonso (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=334)
Cain, Jerry
Carlo, Riva
Carlson, Art
Carnakis, Manny
Carniti, Arturo
Carniti, Sergio
Casalini, Carlo
Catrell, Connie
Cavanaugh, Dennis (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2756&highlight=Cavanaugh%27s#post2756)
Chance, Tim
Chapman, Charles F
Chapman, J Lewis
Chenoweth, Dean (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2462&highlight=Dean#post2462)
Christner, O.F.
Christner, Paul
Christner, David
Christy, Don
Clinkenbeard, Jimmy
Collins, Brad
Collins, Doc
Collins, Louis
Combs, Jerry
Compton, Hoz (Hosmer?)
Conners, Larry
Cook, Betty
Cooley, Barron (http://forums.screamandfly.com/forums/showthread.php?t=137683) Barron started out posting about his dad, direct info on his racing starts on page 5
Cooper, Bill
Corriea, Bill (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=529&stc=1)
Courtois, Walter L
Craig, David
Craven, Johnny
Creech, Doug
Crocker, Otto (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4420&postcount=191)
Crouch, Arlen
Crowley, Peter
Culver, Jon
Culver, Merlin
Curtis, Bill
Dacco, Aldo
Danisch, Bernd
Daily, Mona
Daily, Randy
Dagustino, Justin
Dagustino, Matt (Captain America)
Dagustino, Valerie (Miss America? LOL!)
Davie, E. T. Bedford (Bud)
Dawe, Ernie
Dawe, Jimmy (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5303&postcount=191)
Dawe, Steven
Dawe, Tammy
DeJane, Shari
de Priolo, Massimo Leto (also Leto de Priolo)
DeLactner, Pete CANOE, Mustang boats 36 runabout
Desiato, Albert
Desiato, Earl
Desiato, Gail
Desiato, Joe
Desiato, Oreste (Rusty)
Desiato, Sally
DeSilva John
DeSilva, Bill
DeSilva, Ralph
Detroyat, Michel
DeWald Craig
DeWald, David
DiFebo, John
DiFebo, Phil
DiFebo, Paul
DiFebo, Dominic
Dingman, Lee
Dortch, Johhny Sr.
Downard, Mike
Downard, Gordon
Drake, John
Draper, Dean (X)
DuMont Earl
Dupuy, Jean French media publisher Spreckles Sugar-in-law
East, Gene
Echard, Marcel
Edwards, Mabry
Eis Harold Super Cat marathon racer
Eldredge, Barbra (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2365&postcount=4)
Eldredge, Marshall Sr. PRX Ferguson speed record
Eldredge, Marshall Jr.
Ellis, Bob
Ellis, JoAnne
Entrop Hubert
Evinrude, Bess
Evinrude, Ole
Evinrude, Ralph
Fair, Colin
Fales, Bill
Fales, Rick
Fales, Steve
Ferguson Gary
Ferguson, H G
Ferguson, Clint (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2340&postcount=120)
Fickett, Dick
Fickett, Micky (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2380&postcount=5)
Fitts, Stan (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15453&postcount=212)
Fitts, Steve (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15453&postcount=212)
Fitzgerald, Ann
Florian, Bob - Bonneville mids
Flowers, Don
Franck, Mike
Franck, Hank
Franck, Marge (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=484)
Foster, Greg (http://www.wendtcompanies.com/profile.htm)
Francis, John
Fox, W Claude
Fuller, Henry
Furnal, Leigh
Fuschlin, Paul
Fuschlin, Rich
Gagen, Chick
Garbrecht, Gary
Gates, Elgin
Gentry, Tom (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=27715&postcount=300)
Geotze, Rolf Fredrich
Gibson, Ross (Grandpa)
Giles, Bill
Gillman, Scott (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2719&postcount=130)
Gilmore, Scott
Gilpin, Blake
Goehl, Freddy
Goller, Bob
Gouldstone, Barbra
Gouldstone, Tom
Grade Elmer
Grant, Marshall (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1141&postcount=64)
Greene, Homer
Gregory, Jim COBRA note Janet Rear secretary
Hagood, Tommy
Hardin, Malcolm
Hardin, Tom
Harrison, Charles H.
Harrison, Kay
Harrison, Milford
Hannon, Kelly
Hathaway, Flo
Hauenstein Fred Sr Jr
Hauenstein, Jim
Hauenstein, Mike
Hauptner, Ed
Hauptner, Mark
Hawie, R.C.
Hawie, Dick
Hawkins, Tracy-image (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15665&postcount=219)
Hellsten Ellison, Kristi (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1637&postcount=3)
Hellsten (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1681&postcount=85)
Hemp, Sam
Henric, Don
Herbst, Julius
Hering, Bob
Herring, Ruth
Herrick, Janet (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=696&highlight=Herrick#post696)
Hickman, Albert
Hill, BK
Hill, Broc
Hill, Bunker
Hill, Chad
Hill, Jessica
Hill, John
Hill, Marlee
Hill, Ron
Hill, Russ, Jr, Sr
Hilsen, Brandt "Hand Grenade"
Hilsen, Gary
Hindman, Red
Hire, Stover (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=897#post897)
Hoctor, Bill
Hodges, Chris
Hoffman, Rick
Hoggard, Dave
Holland, Bill 93.750 F Hydro NOA
Hooten, Gordon B
Hooten, David (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9900&postcount=201)
Hooten, Paul (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9900&postcount=201)
Hooten, Tommy (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9900&postcount=201) ... Tommy Hooten image (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9955&postcount=202)
Hopkins, Floyd (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=607)
Hubbell, Randolph Pep
Hubbell, Mary "Pinky"
Hunn, Peter
Hunt, Jim This list is a copyrighted document owned by Ted March and Ron Hill
Hutchins, Jeff
Hutchins, Billy
Hyatt, Mather
Ige, Tom (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1128&postcount=61)
Igrens, Finn T
Ingles, Doc
Ingles, Tommy
Ishii, Alan
Itoh, H.
Jacobsen, Greg
Jacoby Emil “Em”
Jacoby Fred Jr
Jacoby Fred Sr [Pop] 1,000+ 1929 to 1961
James, Kenneth
Jess, Cooper
Jess, Gene
Johnson HI Oakland Johnson Props (Harold I.)
Johnson, Jimmy (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/member.php?u=308)
Johnson Lou Harry Clarence
Jones, Doc (C. W.)
Jones, Ted
Jones, Mike
Jones, Westerman
Justice, Blake

This list is not a public domain document, it is owned by the owners of www.boatracingfacts.com; you may not copy it to other web sites without proper attribution ... you may not publish it or excerpts from it in other documents without PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION of Ted March and Ron Hill the copyright holders. You may download it for your own PERSONAL non commercial use only (you may not sell or distribute copies of it as printed text, recorded transcription, electronic files or other undescribed, known or unkown media). This means you, Mr. Hearn, Crown Partners etc.

Ron Hill
11-30-2004, 03:06 PM
New text in this post from Mark75H:

Kalb, Paul
Kargus, Tom
Kargus, Vern
Karelson Ed
Keller, Len
Kelly Hal
Kennedy, Art
Kerslake, Harry
Kiekhaefer, Carl
Kiekhaefer, Fred
Kies, Bob
Kincaid, Homer (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2043&highlight=Homer#post2043)
Kinuta, Itoh
Kirts, Dan
Kirts, Mel
Kirts, Tom
Kitson, Kenny
Kluger, Jack
Koncy, Pavel (http://konny.cz/index.html)
Konig Dieter
Konig, Peter
Konig, Rudolph
Krier, Ken
Krier, Mike
Krueger, H C
Kuehn, George
Lanham, Gene
Lambrecht, Ralph
Lamb, B E
Lane Ed
LaRose, Howard
Larsen, Ron (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11387&postcount=209)
Lawrence, Craig
Leatherby, Terry
Lee, Chad
Lee, David
Leek Jack
Leger, Ray (http://www.powercatboat.com/history/History.htm)
Levendusky, Stan Looper heads, 4 carb fronts, pistons
Levi, Sonny (Renato S.)
Lewis, Odell
Lister, Larry
Little, Dave ---“American Hot Rod”
Litton, Warren props First outboard Cleavers??
Litzell, Steve
Loomis, Ron
Lowisin Gert
Luhrs, Rich (http://forums.screamandfly.com/forums/search.php?searchid=59543)
Lumpkin, Ray (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7610&postcount=206)
Lund, Patricia
Lund, Art
Lytle, Al
Malone Dudley AOF
Mackay-Schwartz, Jean
Maloof, Clark
March, Ted
Marchetti, Nick
Martin, Al (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7977&postcount=13)
Martin, Frederick
Martin, George
Mason, Lyle
Mason, Dave
Mason, Jill
Massey, Bob
Mathews, Fred (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=27258&postcount=299)
May, Ted (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1401)
Maypole, Jack (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1609&postcount=79)
Maypole, John B (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1609&postcount=79)
McCall, John
McConnell, Jimbo (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=858&stc=1)
McCullough, Jr Robert P
McCullough, Robert P
McCune, Tom
McCune, Hal "Mac"
McCune, Melinda
McKean, Sean
McKean, Jim
McKenny, Marge
McPeek, Max
McRoberts, Estel (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20926&postcount=269)
Melly, Len
Merritt, John (Big John)
Merryfield, John
Mereseau, Chuck
Merten, Jim
Meyer, Dotty (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1637&postcount=3)
Michilleni, Joe
Miller, Fred
Miller, Gordie
Mishey, George
Molinari Angelo
Molinari Georgio
Molinari, Renato
Montoya, Ric
Morehouse, Danny
Morehouse, John
Morphy, Boots
Morphy, Lou
Moulder, Tom
Mulvany, Hap
Mulvany, Pat
Mulvany, Peg
Neal, Dick (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2063&highlight=boats#post2063)
Nagode, Bob
Nauss, Harold (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10572&postcount=206)
Nergi, Ettore
Neuman, Neil - Fantasy boat project
Newton, Tom
Nichols, Don
Nicholson, Bruce (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15333&postcount=210)
Nordskog, Bob (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1817&highlight=Nordskog#post1817)
Nunez, Jerry (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10875&postcount=207)
Nydahl, Amy
Nydahl, Pete
Nydahl, Ray
O'Brien, Harry (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=25489&postcount=290)
O’Dea, Dick: http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?25-Dick-O-Dea-Gentleman-Boat-Racer
Olney, Bill
Olsen, Bobby (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3807&highlight=olsen#post3807)
Olsen, Glen
Oxley Jack
Pabst, Eddie
Packer, Dave
Palmer Earl /June Palmer WOA (Western OB Assoc) Style Craft
Parker, WJ ”Dub” (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5080&postcount=195)
Parker, Jim
Parker, Bud
Parrish, Bobby
Parsons, Casey
Parsons, Chuck
Passarin, Antonio
Pasturzak, Harry "Zak"
Patterson, Bob
Peacock, Gary
Pearl, Doug
Peterman, Gilbert "Gibby"
Peterson, Walter lower units
Petter, Fred (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5071)
Phillips, Skeet (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4501&postcount=1)
Piggot, Dan
Piggot, Dan
Pinner, Harry
Pinner, Peanut
Pond, Gary
Pond, Dickie (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1141&postcount=64)
Pontius, Don
Posey, Tom
Powers, Christy
Pregenzer, Ray
Puestow, John
Pugh, Art
Pugh, Gary
Quindazzi, Mike (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13014)
Rabe, Randy
Rae, Rusty
Racini, Carlo & Enrico
Raveau, Marcel
Rawson, Dave (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1058&postcount=55)
Rinker, John
Rinker, Terry
Robertson, Benny
Rocca Oreste & Louis
Romani Augusto Renzo
Ropp, Darrel
Roseberry, Don (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5263&postcount=196)
Roseberry, Donna (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5263&postcount=196)
Rosado,Bill (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15654&postcount=215)
Rosado, Jock
Rosado,Ken (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15654&postcount=215)
Rosado, Lela
Rosado, Sean (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20559&postcount=260)
Rose Edgar
Ross, Burt
Rossi Giuseppe
Rotharmel, Mark
Runne, Ally
Runne, Hank
Runne, Richard
Runne, Ed
Runne, John
Runne, Ryan
Runne, Stacy

*NOTE: We need at least one small bit of biographical info for each name. The names alone can come from old APBA & NOA membership rosters, but that is meaningless. Please help each entry be known for their accomplishments.

This list is not a public domain document, it is owned by the owners of www.boatracingfacts.com; (http://www.boatracingfacts.com;) you may not copy it to other web sites without proper attribution ... you may not publish it or excerpts from it in other documents without PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION of Ted March and Ron Hill the copyright holders. You may download it for your own PERSONAL non commercial use only (you may not sell or distribute copies of it as printed text, recorded transcription, electronic files or other undescribed or unkown media).

11-30-2004, 06:43 PM
New text in this post from Mark75H:

Sanders, Johnny
Schoch, Jim
Schoonover, Jan
Schmidt, Mike (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/member.php?u=158)
Schubert, Dave
Schubert, John NJ (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=818&posted=1#post818)
Schubert, John TX
Schulze, Dieter
Schulte, Joe
Scopinich, Dick (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3600)
Scotti, Cesare (http://www.screamandfly.com/screamandflymagazine/Scotti.html)
Scudder, George (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2934&postcount=154)
Scull, C Mulford (Mully)
Seaman, Julie
Seebold Bill Sr
Seebold, Bill Jr (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2135&postcount=110)
Seebold, Tim
Selva, Lorenzo first motor 1945 (brother Mauricio)
Sherrer, Dick COBRA
Shakeshaft, Henry
Shakeshaft, Eleanor (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1637&postcount=3)
Sherlock, John (http://forums.screamandfly.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=31551&stc=1)
Silvera, Doug
Sims, Darrell
Simison, Jerry
Simon, Chuck (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3808&highlight=chuck#post3808)
Sirois, Bill
Sirois, Steve
Smith Scott “Overseas Dealers” Mather Hyatt Al Bryant
Smith, Papa (Allen) (http://www.seattleoutboard.org/rasmith.html)
Smith, Jane
Snead, Danny
Soller, Kenny (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3811&postcount=183)
Sorenson, Darrell
Soriano, Ricardo (http://www.soriano-outboard.com/4436/index.html)
Spalding, Bob (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6070&postcount=204)
Spellman, Boots Spelman, Dick (is this the same guy??)
Starego, Michael (Mickey)
Starnes Hershel?
Steckbauer, Dave
Stevens, C P
Stevens, J. A. "Lon" (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1150&highlight=stevens#post1150)
Stickle, Tom
Stillwill, George Sr. "Pappy" (http://www.geocities.com/ash_bsh/georges.html)
Stillwill, Janice (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15454&postcount=213)
Stippich, Carl runabouts a few tunnels (Twsitercraft)
Stippich, Gary
Stippich, Keith (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1038&highlight=keith#post1038)
Stoker, Alan
Stokes, Butch (http://forums.screamandfly.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=299538)
Stone, Jim (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=56082)
Stone, Rocky (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93)
Strang, Anne This list is a copyrighted document owned by Ted March and Ron Hill
Strang, Charlie
Strom, Lars (Lasse)
Summerford, Roark
Summers, Bruce
Sutter, Lee
Swanson, Lyle
Swift, Joe
Swift, Tom
Switzer, Bob
Switzer, Dave
Talbot, Skip
Tamara (Yamato/MercClone?)
Tennes, Horace
Tenney, Bill
Threlkeld, Ernest
Thrilby, Ed
Thrilby, Brandon
Thibodaux, Gene (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23&page=27)
Tilton, Beale
Titus, Mark
Todd, Lenny
Torgiani, Orlando
Travers, Eldon
Tunmer, Andre
Turnbull, Loretta
Turnbull, Rupert
Urytzki, Bob
Urytzki, Sid (Seaman)
Valachovic, John (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143)
Vassena Angelo
Vassena Petro
Velden, Cees van der (http://www.f1boat.com/06/press_release/lausanne_dec28.html)
Viale Cappuccini VRP Italian alky motors
Vincent Frank (first double PR)
Voison, Don
Volker, Frank (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/member.php?u=107)
Wade, Harold "Mouse" (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=503&highlight=Mouse)
Wahl, Earle "Booger Red"
Waldman, Gerry
Waldrup, Duke
Walgrave, Wayne (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15333&postcount=210)
Walin Gerry
Wartinger, Bob 110 records as of 11/04
Wearly, Paul
Wearly, Joe
Webb, Jim
Weeks, Wayne (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=594&stc=1)
Weeks, Wilbur (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=594&stc=1)
Wicks, Charlie
Wiget, Bud (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=102985&postcount=463]Wienant, Jerry[/URL]
Wiget, Ethel (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1610&postcount=80)
Wienandt, Jerry (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=102985&postcount=463)
Wildman, Leo B. (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=32051#post32051)
Williams, Karl
Willis, S.C. "Pop" (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1090&highlight=Comet#post1090)
Wiseman, Clyde
Withrow, Jack (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=25423&postcount=288)
Wright, Jon
Woolwine, Dick (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=49689&postcount=359)
Wood Gar Jr
Woodruff, Paul
Woods, Barry (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1959&postcount=93)
John Riner Woods
Yale, John
Yano, Shingi
Zander, Carl-Eric
Zorkan, Frank (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1629&postcount=84)

OK, now that you've looked at the list, if you have any biographical info on any of them, please feel free to add a post to the end of this thread!

*NOTE: We need at least one small bit of biographical info for each name. The names alone can come from old APBA & NOA membership rosters, but that is meaningless. Please help each entry be known for their accomplishments.

Our Who's Who List is by no means a complete list ... and as long as there is boat racing never will be complete!

This list is not a public domain document, it is owned by the owners of www.boatracingfacts.com; (http://www.boatracingfacts.com;) you may not copy it to other web sites without proper attribution ... you may not publish it or excerpts from it in other documents without PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION of Ted March and Ron Hill the copyright holders. You may download it for your own PERSONAL non commercial use only (you may not sell or distribute copies of it as printed text, recorded transcription, electronic files or other undescribed or unkown media).

Ron Hill
11-30-2004, 06:48 PM
Bale the Drag Boat Racer? Or the family!!!

This Dwight Bale is "OUT of Sight?? (picture form 1973)..

Give us more. I really don't know much about drag boats, except the Bob and Don Ermshar were brothers, and Don's my attorney!!! (FYI Bob passed awy last year from heart troubles, but Don is still getting after them in Blown Alcohol Flat)...

Ron Hill
11-30-2004, 09:40 PM
Clyde Parkhurst photo of Dwight "Hey" Bale coming out of the purple.

12-01-2004, 04:25 PM
Hey, you work fast! I've got that pic in poster size in my garage. For those who don't know Bale was the fastest guy on the water from 1967 untill he died in 1973. In a 200mph drag boat? No! In a rubber raft in the Walnut Creek cannal. My (pregnant) mother was a close friend and at the funeral Ma Bale suggested that it would be nice if the baby were named after Bale. So one week later, out I came, Bradley Dwight. Actually Dago thought I should have been called Luigi but thats another story. For more info and pics of the Bales, the surviving brother Laurence put together a great memorial page: www.narberthpa.com/Bale/bmp/dwb.htm

12-02-2004, 08:30 AM
hey Mark 75 dont forget Cees Vander Velden or Chris Hodges that came up with the safety capsule,or Art kennedy, Johnnie Sanders,Barry Woods,Bob Spaulding and a lot more. Bob

Ron Hill
12-02-2004, 02:12 PM
FYI: This Encyclopedia isn't going to FORGET ANYONE.....So keep adding names. When I can get ENCYCLOPEDIA SOFTWARE, we'll get real serious...

I was just going to tell what I knew about Tommy Newton.

As far as I know, his real claim to fame was building "C" Service Evinrudes.

Seems Tommy worked for the water department in Lampoc (Which they tried to call LamPOCK, but WC Fields changed it to Lampoc, and finally the city agreed with WC Fields... Anyway, Tommy's main job was to keep and eye on the DAM and make sure the level of the water was correct for the pumps. Basically, mornings he'd check the level and adjust a valve, if needed, then go home and work on Service C motors. Then, in the evening, he'd go check the level again.

I may not have all the details right, but Tommy had time on his hands. He also built Evinrude C Stock (GAS BURNERS) motors for guys like Ron Loomis, who at the time was from Santa Barbara, close to Lampoc.

Tommy Newton built engine for Manny Carnakis, Mayor of Bakersfield and the builder of Lake Ming, Henry Wagner of Fresno and Jimmy Hauenstein's 1964 C Service National Champion engine.... I asked Jimmy why he raced C Service? Ronnie, Jim said, "It's a GENTLEMAN'S class." When you look back on the class..Jimmy was right.

Tommy's C Service Evinrude could be compared to today's Rolex watches...

Ron Hill
12-02-2004, 02:24 PM
Well, I want to make sure not to come off wrong here, but Georgio Molinari's racing claim to fame, as I recall, is that he is Renato's younger brother....

I have not seen him since 1970, but he was handsome compared to Renato, looked more like Angelo.

Georgio may have gotten bad raps about his driving because Renato was "THE KING" at that time...

Georgio seemed to "BLOW OVER" a lot. The best story, see Scotti was Renato's cousin and Scotti's boat factory was next door to Molinari's factory. Molinari could only sell to Mercury and Scotti could only sell to OMC......But the employees worked for whoever had orders for boats.

As the Molinari team loads up for Paris (The 6 Hour) 1969, Georgio decides to take one last test ride in his boat. Well, he blew it over, tore the fire out it...Renato....Carlo Racini....Angelo and all leave for Paris without Georgio....

The guys at both factories start working on Georgio's boat, they fix it in an all nighter, paint it and he shows up for Paris on Friday, and paint is still wet on the boat... Don't recall how he did, but do recall that those Italians had some FINE looking women!!!!

Ron Loomis
12-02-2004, 07:03 PM
Hey Ron,

Tommy Newton lived in the hills behind Santa Barbara. I used to go up there every day during the summer to build my first engine with his direct supervision. I used to polish and polish things like transfer ports and and crankcase openings. I used to ask him if he thought that would help much and he would say "no", but keep doing it. Then it was the inside of the crankcase and I would ask the same question and he would answer "no, it won't help much". Then I balanced the crank and rods and the answer was the same. I really had a hard time polishing the rods, but when all the balancing, polishing and everything else was done he reminded me that it was all those little things added together that made the difference. It sure did. Couple of Nationals, couple of records, and a couple of 1-US's I could directly attribute to him.

I don't think I will ever get over a machine shop with oriental rugs on the floor...and a vacuum hose next to every machine that created grindings or dust.

What a great teacher he was.


ps - You are right about his "job" was that of monitoring water flow from the mountains...except they were in SB not Lompoc. :D

Ron Hill
12-03-2004, 07:37 AM
Johnny Alden was from Oakland. He and his wife Frieda never had any kids, but they were always nice to me. Johnny's Champion Hot Rods were ledgendary.

I first saw him run about 1956 at a race in Oakland, but it was not Lake Merritt where the 1952 Stock Nationals had been held.

I think is was 1957 when I drew this picture of John Alden's boat. I had seen it run at Orick CA where we had had the Stock Divisionals and Kilos. I don't think he got to run the kilos becasue of fog. I broke the AU record that day, but because of bad weather, I really never got but one run.

It was 1958 that I actually got to see the boat of John Alden and Teddy Johnson run. (Ted and Gary Johnson are the OJ Propeller people...Erci Johnson who ran Stock 200SSh and SST 120 is gary Johnson's son... Teddy's son plays for the New England Patriots...) Teddy and Johnny Teamed.

We had Kilos at Long Beach, on Monday the day after the Stock Divisionals in 1958, even though I had won AU, my dad said I was too big to go to the Nationals in Florida...Ron Loomis did go from California...

Anyway, Teddy Johnson had this Modified B Alky Hot Rod aired out and going a reported 78 mph, when he crossed Bud Cowdary's C Service wake, the boat went out of control and torn the transon out and Teddy John went A** over tea kettle. But was not hurt. It was a corkscrew crash, I can see it in my mind.

By 1959 the 20-H had a Kit and Johnny ran a 20-H but never was THE MAN TO BEAT as he had been with his Hot Rod...(Both Stock and Alky as there was no MOD Outboards then)...

I liked the way he named his boats...Tailwind I, II and I think he was to Tailwind XIII, but don't know..Jerry Waldman called his boats Spooker...Last one I remember was Spooker XXV.

Not the greatest drawing, but I was really trying to figure out why he went so fast...again, I was in 6th grade when I drew this.....I was also wishing I could drive it.

12-03-2004, 06:01 PM
Alan Stoker

12-03-2004, 10:50 PM
Clark "Clock" Maloof, Quincy, Massachesetts...

Ron Hill
12-04-2004, 10:14 AM
The old Hell Cat, Ted May. Joined the Navy, December 1st, 1941... Spent 5 years and seven month on a Navy Ship in the War Zone..at leat that what he said...I do know he was in the Navy in the Pacific... I do know he came back from the war and played football for the Navy's team.

I do know that he played quarterback for Manual Arts High for 7 years... they won the stat Championships, but in 1941, California passed a law you couldn't be over 21 and play high school football, so in '41, after his birthday he joined the Navy..

He started boat racing the same year I did, 1955, I was 11, Ted was 34, we got along like brothers always. Ted was a teacher!!!

This picture hangs on Bill Curtis's wall. it is signed The Hellcat 54 Ted May.

This is Ted's old Molinari...many people in Southern California believed that Ted' trailer was welded to his truck, because you never saw the truck and boat seperated...He was seen all the time going down the FREEWAYS...

Ted's belief, if you did 90 per cent of your boating NOT racing, you only had a 10% chance of breaking in the race...

Ted would co-drive with me at Paker, maybe run two hours, when the race was over and I got some prize money, I'd pay Ted by the hour...He loved it!!!!

Ron Hill
12-04-2004, 10:22 AM
No one in Southern California does more for the 45 than Bill Curtis. Bill moved here from Peoria, IL where he'd had a boat shop. He also made parts for drag racers such as BIG DADDY GARTLETTS.

He and his son, Kevin started racing out in in Sport C.

Kevin has developed into a very good 45 drvier, winning the 2005 45 SS Stock Nationals...

Here's a picture of Kevin at speed in his.THANKS BILL!!! There ain't many like Bill anymore!!!

Ron Hill
12-04-2004, 10:25 AM
Here is Bill making engine run, not just for Kevin. Bill builds motors for everyone. He builds them the best he can...

Again, Thanks Bill!!! And Thanks for helping Chad!!!

Miss BK
12-04-2004, 01:07 PM
Do the more recent (past 20 years) boat builders count on the Who's Who list?

Here's the second generation of two top builders from the 90's generation. The young sons of Rick Hoffman and Brad Collins, eager to continue the family tradition....

Ted March
12-04-2004, 05:57 PM
Tough to beat. Won ASR Nationals at the age of 50.

Ted March
12-04-2004, 05:58 PM
Born in a race boat. One of the best

Miss BK
12-04-2004, 09:27 PM
Cesare Scotti -- when I was 8, I saw him win the Havasu Classic which began a lifetime adoration of the man. His tragic death in 1974 was very tough for me.

I had the great fortune to meet his son online a few years ago. That son, Massimo Scotti, then sent me oodles of photos from his father's files. He also told me stories about his dad, but the info was hard to understand, since Massi speaks Italian and only a little English. Here is the best translation I could do....

Miss BK
12-06-2004, 05:43 AM
I convinced Massi to come to St. Louis in 2002. He had a ball meeting all the people he had only read about. I was amazed when I saw him show up, wearing his father's OMC jacket!

He's a bit taller than his dad was. And he says he doesn't have much of a relationship with Renato. That's too bad.

He was never a boat racer. I think his father's death was too much for his mother. He's a chemistry professor at the University of Milan.

Ron Hill
12-06-2004, 12:07 PM
Fred Hauenstein Jr. e-mailed me this A.M.

Hi Ron:

I read the stuff on Tom Newton. Really neat, except that he was the water
guy for the city of Montecito (just east of Santa Barbara). One of his
boats was named Miss Montecito, another, Miss Santa Barbara.

Jim actually won C Service Runabout nationals in both 1963 and 1964 with
Tom's C Service engine. And Tom made the trip to Casper, Wyoming for the
1964 nationals to help out.

In 1948, Tom Newton set a C Service Hydro world straightaway (mile) record
at Salton Sea, having borrowed my Dad's Flowers C hydro. That record stood
for many years, into the late 50s.

I have a couple of pictures I will scan and send of a CSerR race at Long
Beach in 1957. Fred Sr., Henry Wagner, Joe Leonardo, Manny Carnakis, and
Tom Newton were all in the race (and the picture of the start). Pop won
the first heat and blew the start of the second heat which allowed Henry to
win the race overall.

More later,


Thanks for the e-mail, expect to see the pictures POSTED BY YOU or MIKEY!!!!

Ron Hill
12-06-2004, 01:09 PM
I saw the name Wes Jones and immediately said, "Westerman Jones, the cyclinder guy." I called my brother to give me some details and he said he didn't remember a Wes Jones or a Westerman Jones....

I remember, my dad making a box out of pine to hold one C (PR-65) cyclinder to sent to Westerman Jones.. I seem to remember th block coming back chromed on the outside too. (Not shiney chrome, just chrome)...

Seems I remember my dad saying Wes Jones could centerless grind cyclinders..

FYI: Chrome is hard but wears out fast with castor oil and alky, especially the struts..

I may be way off on this man, seems I wasn't a good reader as a kid, and Westerman sounded like a city, not a man's name...

I only remember my dad sending one cyclinder, and it was a PR-65, we never raced PR Johnson's WE HAD SIX STUDS!!! (Evinrudes)...

John Schubert T*A*R*T
12-06-2004, 01:09 PM
Actually Ron, they were across the lake from each other. Lake Como that is. The T*A*R*T team sent two boats, a Sid-Son that Geoff raced in the Lake Como race and co-drove with Bob Witt at the 1972 Paris 6 hour and I drove the Molinari that Geoff & I co-drove in Paris the year before. We were based at Scotti's and did all our testing from his place. I was running second in the Como race until I got something wrapped around the gearcase in the turn by the clubhouse in town, It was a rather large course that made a turn around an island near the Switzerland side. I remember how clear the water was in that turn, either that it was very shallow. By the time I cleared the gearcase, I could only get back up to 4th. Another memorable thing during that race was there was a rather large catamaran type ferry that crossed the lake and as I was just passing Georgio Molinari, I hit the cat's wake and then hit bottom. It seemed like the "hole" was as deep as a 6 story building.

Another memorable thing from that visit was on the day of the race I decided not to go to lunch as I wanted to sand my gearcase as we were using fresh Kenosha built "U" class engines, not our Paris ones. Ted May was there with us so I asked him to bring a sandwich back from lunch for me. He did, and in the middle he had placed an olive with pit that almost broke a tooth.

12-06-2004, 01:29 PM
Jerry Cain
1976 - 1983
S.o.r.a. - Apba
Mod - Vp & Drag
One Of The Winningest Drivers Of That Time! :)

Team Included Wilbure & Wayne Weeks Of Jay, Fl. :)

David Weaver
12-08-2004, 04:33 AM
Tom and Malcolm Hardin. Multi-time National Winners in 250, 350 and 500.

Until Tim Brinkman won the 125 title at Lakeland, I believe that Malcolm was the only US driver to win a World (UIM) Championship in an Alky or "O" class. He won the 250 title at Dayton one year.

Tom was a wonderful machinist and could set-up an engine with the best of his contemporaries. His ALKY lower units are pieces of art and many were made following a stroke that left him with one working arm.

Ron Hill
12-08-2004, 05:52 PM
I think Chill only met Clark once, and he was only 7, but he's heard stories all his life about "CLOCK" from Quincy, Massachusetts..

I don't really recall when I met Clark, but I recall the 1966 Nationals at Prineville, Oregon.

Seems we had a football game Region 12 Vs. Region 7 (A REMATCH FOR 1963 BOSTON) in a Cow Pasture after a speech from Mark Hatfield, who later went on to be Governor of Oregon...and the Massachusetts boys was laughing at us becasue the "COW PIES" on the field weren't very dry.....and some of us had "Cow Pie" in our pants and on our pants..

Anyway, after the game at some meeting, it was decided to give a Special Trophy to the guy that won by the farthest distance... I come from a family...of arguers, so I said, "How can you do something like that? A JU takes 5 minutes to go a lap... the winner will be in JU, period."

Well, I had won the CU and DU Marathon Nationals that year, I held the Kilo record in CU and in testing my CU lapped faster than my DU.

So, when CU came up, before DU and DSH I was estatic, I didn't even try to start up front as I figured I'd be ahead by the second lap.... Well, I finished 9th. The second heat I decided MAYBE, I should try to get a better start, but by the time I thought that, the race was on, and I finished 9th or 10th again...

Bill Giles won, and I remember looking at his prop saying, he just won the Nationals witha 55 mile an hour prop...MY CU goes 62.....

Anyway, D Hydro was up first the next day, and I went out for a quick test and it won't go 60... I came in and grabbed my other D motor off my runabout and begged for one test lap, which I was allowed. This was my good runabout engine and I really had never been in a final of D Hydro before... I only made a half lap and the engine was running good and I saw 70 with my D Runabout engine, I figures, hell, I can't beat anyone with a runabout prop, but at least the engine runs OK.

So, coming down for the start I'm thinking I'm late because these two Berghauer brothers are way ahead of me...and there had been a big deal about the clock the day before...So, I decide I'm late, again, I just throttle the fire out of my D hydro and run over the top of both Berghauer sponsons at the same time, then I see I'm early, so, I let off, like Jack the Bear, and Dewey and Dennis Berghauer kiss off my sponson, one on each side, and almost barrel roll, the clock hits 60 and I jump on it and to my surprise I get to the first turn first, and there are like 8 bouys, I figure, maybe, with this runabout wheel I can stay ahead through the corner.... About this time Clark Maloof comes FLYING BY...he has this fin that is about 14" deep, we're side by side, then he retracks the fin, and like over drive, he goes right out of sight.

Had he been a D Quincy he wouldn't been any faster....

I finish second, it got rough a heck and that runabout wheel kept my nose up and I just never backed off.

The second heat comes, and I figure the only way I could win is if someone ran over Clark before the start or if he jumped, and I knew he wasn't that dumb...I actually think I finshed 4th in the second heat, but with Clark's two firsts, I got second....

I ran a 14'4" DU Hill runabout that my dad and I had built to run F Runabout but couldn't get a motor, so I ran it is DU, It was called the Double 00 Snapper...(Secret Agent or the two ZEROES for the two drivers, had we raced F Runabout)... the water got rough, the 14 footer handled perfect and I won both heats of DU.. Billy Allen did win the second heat but had jumped......

The IRONY, CLARK'S WIN is D Hydro was by the farthest distance, time wise...and I had said a JU would win, what it meant to me, I had the worst second at the Nationals.

Don't remember Clark in BU, but that D Hydro was fast...

Clark hit a tire testing in '67 and broke his leg, I think...and missed the Essex, Maryland Natioanls.

I think it was the 1968 Winternationals that Clark came to race and he ran BU, CU and DU. The Golden Valley Land Company was giving a $4,500 lot to the driver that was HIGH POINT. I was HIGH POINT, but when the Land Company People found out Clark didn't have a chance to win High Point because he only ran STOCK, they decided to award Clark a $4,500 lot for being STOCK OUTBOARD HIGH POINT.

Clark and my dad seemed to get along really well. I'm not really sure why, maybe from my dad inspecting, maybe they just hit it off.

It wasn't long after the Winternationals that Clark had a bad accident and was hit by in the mouth by another boat. I came home from teaching one day and my mom and dad said they were going to see Clark, that he was in the hospital, hurt bad.

I said Clark Maloof in Quincy, Massachesetts?? 3,500 miles from here!! They said yes, and left.

They next time I saw Clark race was Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I think 1971. There were 12 BU's heading to the first turn, I think Lee Sutter was out front and Clark changed lanes going down the front straightaway and as he crossed Lee's rooster tail Clark's BU took off and flew. I mean, he flew uip on the rooster tail and stayed there almost to the first turn, when he landed, he hadn't lost second...

I didb't stay for the finals, I had tunnel boats to drive.

While at the Winternationals, I talked Clark into riding deck in my F Runabout...I really had a D Konig, but the first heat going into the first turn I went between Bill Jack Rucker Sr. and Rich Fuchslin, just as I clear them I kite my DeSilva at about 88 MPH...how I saved it I'm not sure, luck I guess... We win the heat. Clark says, "No competition.".....I say Clark, Fuchlin has the kilo at 97 and Rucker won the Nationals.....

In Hinton 1976, my DU doesn't run well. Billy Allen wins easily, I get third but I'm like 20 second off the pace...I talk to Clark, he says get a black bloc 55 E with 89 serial numbers....

I watch Clark with Billy's D motor appear to be winning DSH when he goes wide on the last corner and Jack Neeley wins...Unusual for Clark to make a mistake...I like Jack's BeZoat and get one for 1977... Craig and Shannon trade me three blade props for the boat....

1977 Nationals, I win my qualifiers in DU and DSH and set top time in both. I tell Clark, he sHouldn't run the 55-H foot that the 35 SS foot is faster, he changes the foot and wins the DSH finals. I get second but can't seem to be sad as Clark is a master. CLARK TELLS MY NOT TO RUN SURFACE GAP PLUGS IN my 35 SS. (We share speed secrets..).

Last time I saw Clark was the Winter Nationals in California, close to twenty years ago...I remind him he poked four holes on my NEW CU DeSilva at the Winter Nationals, he just said the lake wasn't big enough for me to pass him...

Clark later broke his back in a 350 Hydro in Florida and has been recovering ever since...

Here's a picture of Clark at Dayton from Speed and Spray...

I know Clark won BU at the 1974 Dayton Nationals because it is in Rusty Rae and Reed Blackburn's Speed and Spray....

Ron Hill
12-09-2004, 07:55 AM
Rusty Rae wrote a short book about "PAPA", it can been seen of the Seattle Outboard Web Page...

Papa and I only started dealing in about 1961. We became close friends.

In my opinion he was the greatest propeller man to ever live.

He made my three blade blanks, which I made the molds and casting. He and I traded casting for props for years...

I only met him face to face once, that was at Atlanta, Georgia, 1976.

Here is a picture of us together...this picture hung on our wall from 1976, until we moved here three years ago...

Miss the signatures on all his notes.......


RAS and Mama

Every note ended that way!!!

12-09-2004, 10:53 PM
Ed & Mark Hauptner, Homer Greene, Christy Powers the entire Titus family, Orange Bowl Regatta, Gold Coast Marathon, Mercury’s LAKE “X”, Billy Martin, Bahama 500 & Miami Nassau

Just a few of the names and places I am lucky enough to have been able to be around while growing up!

12-11-2004, 01:40 AM
Chris Bush I believe should be on this list. For those that have seen his driving ability know what I'm talking about. Today he still is contributing to the sport by helping drivers out with their equipment and advice.
I've driven with him testing, his championships were not an accident.

EDIT: Brian, your wish is my command. If you go back and look you'll see I've added Chris and about 75 others .... a million more to come -Sam :) :) :)

12-14-2004, 07:24 PM
I will soon go over 400 names on the Who's Who list. If you haven't looked at it in a while, check again and see what has been added.

I started something new on the list ..... ;) click on John Schubert's name and see what happens .....

12-14-2004, 09:42 PM
Of course everyone always looks to see if their relatives are on the list and a few of mine were missed, and I'm sure others might have picked them out. Vern Kargus for one along with my uncle and his son Tom Kargus. Both National Champions and Grandpa was a huge progressor for racing. Also Don Allen, short time president of APBA and also a huge part of racing for years. Not just for me personally but he has done TONS of the sport. And my dad Don, many might not think of him, but he was one hell of a racer in his time. It's too bad we got some crappy luck on that side of the family seeing that Grandpa, Dad and even my little sister have had Championships lost because of luck. Just a few I can name to start, I'm pretty young so I don't have much to add.

Miss BK
12-15-2004, 06:17 AM
Thanks for adding the Mirage Boats family to the list. (Collins) I'd like to add a couple of other race boat builders who were very intrumental in keeping boat racing alive and competitive with *original* designs. The list of those who make alterations to another's original are many, but those who create all-original designs are the true masters and deserve much credit:

Roark Summerford (Designer and founder of STV Boat Company)
Paul and Darris Allison (Designers and founders of Allison Boat Company)
David Lee (Designer and founder of Lee Craft Boats)
Chad Lee (son of above, designer of Lee Boats and the new Aero-Slot race hulls)
Gary Pugh (founder and designer of Pugh Craft)

Many of the names above are/were also champion racers as well.

A couple of other "movers and shakers" were:

Duke Waldrop (APBA President & Chairman, IOGP Ref and numerous other official positions)
Red Hindman (reignited overwhelming interest in boat racing in North Texas in just two short years as President of Texas Twisters Racing Assoc. - 1988 and 1990)
John Schubert (the other J.S., founder of "S.P.O.R.T" racing series in Texas)

Also, I see "BK Hill" on the list. Who is this BK? Is Barbara known as "BK" too?

I'll be back with some more in a bit ;)

Ron Hill
12-15-2004, 07:38 AM
BK Hill was also known as BARB....but many still call here BK... (NOT BOAT KITTEN)..


Ernie Dawe
Jimmy Dawe (Ernie's older brother)
Steven Dawe (Ernie's son)
Harold Berghauer
Denny and Dewey Beghauer (Harold's sons)

John Puestow
Mike Jones
Greg Jacobsen
Lee Sutter
Paul Woodruff (DU National Champ 1955)

Gerry Walin (The Phanton)
Chuck and Casey Parsons
Harry Bartolomei
Elgin Gates
Doc and Tommy Ingels
John Drake

John Schubert T*A*R*T
12-16-2004, 08:14 AM
Actually, Skip Birbarie, now owner or at least managing Birbarie Marine in Conneticut won the 250 world championships that were held at Firebird Lake, just south of Phoenix. He was driving a Yale hydro. Not sure of the exact year.

12-16-2004, 09:23 AM
One of my votes goes to Stover in "BU" This is Stover Hire's 56-H, a 1966 B utility boat manufactured by the Hedlund Boat Company of Wilmette, Illinois. Owned by Rodger Werner of Greenwich, Connecticut. Unique in construction, the hull is a cold-molded boat, made of mahogany. Original driver/owner Stover Hire, of Syracuse, Indiana has accomplished much in his racing career. Stover is a very successful driver in both the inboard & outboard classes. Presently he competes in the inboard classes. WNY racing fans have seen him compete in his Hire Voltage rig at both the Launch Club and at Tonawanda races.
While competing in the BU class, Stover was National Champion in 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1971. He was also National High Point Champ in 1964, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70 and 1971. He earned the distinction of US-1 in 67, 68, 70 & 71, and was US-2 in 63, 64, 65, and 1966. He was inducted into the Gulf racing Hall of Fame in 1964 & 1966. In 1966, Yachting magazine named him to their All-American Racing team.
During this long and successful run in the BU class, the 56-H was powered by a Mercury Mark 20H conversion motor. Stover actually had 2 of these engines. One was used for everyday races & the other saved just for the Nationals. In testing at the Nationals, it turned out the every day motor was faster, so it was used to win the titles. When Stover eventually moved to inboards, his outboard equipment was sold off. The boat went to Harry Brinkman, Syracuse, Indiana, & the best motor eventually found it's way to Tom Moulder, A&T Engineering, Elk Lake, Mn. Rochester's Jim Hawver purchased the boat, restored it & last showed it at the Clayton 1992 Race boat regatta.
The engine underwent a complete rebuild by ace Mercury builder Cooper Jess in the late 80's. It has been in storage ever since. The DeGlopper's were able to purchase both boat & motor and reunite the outfit. The DeGloppers then sold the boat to me and sold the motor to somebody else. I have bought the motor from that person and hull and motor are reunited again! The 56-H has been shown at public appearances at many of the vintage shows.

12-16-2004, 03:03 PM
That's great biographical info! If you click on Stover's name on the first post - it is now a link to your post. :)



12-17-2004, 08:17 AM
When I was a kid this man was my "Hero" of offshore racing.This web site will show you why.http://baldknobmarina.com/aronow.htm

12-17-2004, 10:26 AM
Region 4 driver in the 50's and 60's, he drove pink boats and had "some" success


12-17-2004, 02:09 PM
Hap, Peg & Pat Mulvany, Melvin Cooper, All the Eldridge family, Tommy, David, Paul, and The Boss Lady- Lenore Hooten. Jim Stone, Dave Rawson, John Stevens, Joe Garrick, Doc Bradley, Doc Collins, Alan Ishii. Could go on for days..........

12-17-2004, 02:17 PM
Harry Pinner & Peanut

Ted March
12-17-2004, 05:20 PM
Pottstown, PA. BU record 60+

12-18-2004, 07:12 PM
I agree Sam! The thing that makes this thread interesting are the backgrounds on the people and reading about their accomplishments in racing and what they have contributed to the sport.I now some of the people listed personally and am in the prosses of getting history from them.I will post them as I get them and then you can add them to there names,the way it should be.

Ron Hill
12-19-2004, 09:28 AM
I first saw Harry at Hanford, California, 1957... The lake is gone, there is a Sprint Car track there now. Harry had what looked to be a Hal Kelly Runabout, all black, with a modified Hot Rod....I had never really seem a small runabout go that fast, I snooped at his stuff and wondered where he'd come from...not that I knew everyone, but didn't know him.

Next time I saw Harry was at Long Beach Marine Stadium, seems J.C. Aggaginan
(Same guy that owned Indy Cars) put on a race and Harry had come down from NorCal to run D Hydro. He had a new DeSilva "BULL NOSE" hydro with a Quincy cross flow...and that sucker really "ROCKED" Harry beat the field, by about a lap, mostly D Stockers, but I think the crowd was surprised how fast this outboard went....

Harry never backed her down once and when he let off after the checkered flag, he threw and rod and cut that motor into about 400 pieces.

Harry didn't seem mad, about totally ruining his motor....I thought, HELL HARRY, if you'd have backed off, that motor would have run all year...

Harry got into Konigs, he ran the B when the pipes went out one way on one side and the other or the others...we called them "HORNS" because they looked like a bull coming at you...

In 1962, I was Senior in High School and there was a race in Modesto I wanted to go to, but my dad didn't feel like driving up there as he'd broken his leg pulling a rolling skaffold.....So, old Val Sneed (Val married Ernie Dawe's sister....but they've been divorced for years...). and I decide to go, 350 miles away in my '53 Chevy. Lucky Grant from Modesto has us stay at his house....Seems his daughter and Deck Hogan's daughter, also of Modesto, thought we should cruise Saturday Night....

Ron Howard and Dream Works (Steven Spielberg) guy may have written American Graffitti, but I lived it...there was nothing in that movie that didn't happen all the time in Modesto...probably still does....

The next day Harry and Bill Jack Rucker Sr. line up for the start of DOH...Haryy has a Quincy and Rucker has a Stevens and they both go at least 90, the field at the start looks they are going backward compared to Rucker and Bartolomei.....They are running neck and neck, Rucker's bow gets high and he jumps forward to keep it down but by this time Harry is about to the turn and starts his corner, when Rucker's sponson come down on Harry's sponosn, Harry nose dives.....nothing is left of Harry's BULL NOSE DeSILVA....Harry gets in the patrol boat sill holding the throttle...he's stretched that throttle cable to about 60 feet long...took the cockpit side of the boat with him...

Rucker and Harry had words about the wreck, but I never blamed Rucker....

That fall we had another record race at Havasu Springs, I'm set to watch DOH with Rucker and Bartolomei...(I was on the side of the hill and I notice that Harry is lining up for the start heading for the 5 MPH bouy....(Not the first pin bouy)...

More ... page 2 (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1031&postcount=54)

Ron Hill
12-19-2004, 10:00 AM
And I look at Rucker and he's lining up with the exit bouy....I go, OH, this is going to be good they are going to run into each other.......Harry cuts to the right, Rucker to the left and they actually hit each other at the same time...both running 90 MPH or more...they bounce off each other, neither realized they are BOTH off course...they keep going and hit each other a second time, but this time they turn into each other and hit pretty hard, neither goes over ... when they recover they are way off course, which they were anyway...and they take chase of the field...

When the heat ends, Rucker and Bartolomei get into the biggest fist fight I'd ever seen...Ralph DeSliva was referree (Of the race, not the fight) and he was about half the size of both. These guys knuckle each other up pretty good before people get them stopped...

I tell Ralph I saw the whole thing and what happened....Rucker and Bartolomei ain't sure I'm right, but both admit, they thought the other was trying to kill him...

They both got 30 days on the beach for the fight...

But Harry got out of D Hydro, and Rucker ran D Hydro and F Runabout...

1964, Harry got the first four cyclinder Konig and Ted May put it on his Hydro and went 94 mph for a kilo record...

Harry spilled at lake Lawerence and we shaken up, but his wife made him quit driving. He sponsored Ted May in C Racing Runabout...Ted is the only guy to go on the wrong side of the judgestand at DePue and he still won the heat...

Harry had so much nitro in that Konig, that Ted couldn't make the bottom turn, so he just went on the wrong side of the judges stand... that was 1966.

In 1967, I drove for him...We won the John Ward Trophy Race and D Racing Runabout at DepUe, I had 5 seconds... I ran every class that year...

It was at the John Ward Race that I learned something about myself, from Harry.

I brouth my own Sid Craft and Quincy A to Valleyfield, even though I was racing for Harry.... I won the first heat, not because I was faster than Waldman and Herring...and Bob Henry....but my throttle stuck and by the time I got my goggles unfogged, and I started choking the engine, it was rough as heck, I was so far a head, I just left the throttle stay wide open...

Then, the next heat was 500 CC, John Ward Trophy Race and I won that heat also...I was madly fixing my throttle for the second heat of A Hydro...when Haryy said, "Go sit down and rest." "REST", hell I said, they're paying $100 Canadian for first place....." Harry reached in his pocket, pulled out 2 one hundred dollar bills and gave them to me and said "SIT DOWN"....

It was right there that I learned I didn't race for money....I raced to win!!!!

Harry was great for outboard racing, always buying the best and the newest...he wasn't always in to "SHOW" but he did like his stuff to GO!!!

Harry was the first person I ever saw that ran a Konig 15:16 unit on a 75-H. I don't know how many records Harry had a hand in or set himself, but there were many. I broke the F Racing Runabout Record for Harry with his 75-H....13'6" DeSilva, Konig Unit, with a B Hydro Quincy Loop Smith Wheel!!!!

Here is Harry and I, with his son Lee...1967, Valleyfield...

12-19-2004, 08:58 PM
I saw Dave's name in the list. He raced A, B, and C hydro in Florida from the late 50's until about the late 8o's or early 90's. I think he also ran mods for a while in there. He was good at it & won many races. I can remember helping him in the pits in the 50's and early 60's. He built a number of boats (one of which I still have). He is a fine woodworker and worked for my dad for many years in Ft. Lauderdale. Dave was one of the reasons I got into boat racing. I bought an old A hydro from him to play with in around 1990 & also got a merc 25ss from him. Health problems several years ago beached him but I still see him from time to time in Ft. Laud during the winter. He is a true gentleman and was a great boat racer.

12-19-2004, 09:51 PM
Thanks for the bio on Mr. Rawson!

Ron, what was Goat-boat maker Negoati's first name? Do you think I have spelled it correctly?

I'm also at a loss for Mr. Willis' first name as in Willis Comet boats. Anyone know? This might be one for R.C. Hawie

Ron Hill
12-20-2004, 07:17 AM
Bob is his first name... I'll call Jimbo....but don't recall "GOAT" actually being in his name...

If R.C. doesn't answer the boat question, I'll ask my brother...BOAT990's first boat was one, I think, maybe he'd know...

Thanks to anyone who is writing bios....

Stew Sill
12-20-2004, 05:52 PM
"I'm also at a loss for Mr. Willis' first name as in Willis Comet boats. Anyone know? "

He was known as "Pop" Willis but his name was S.C. Willis. I have no idea what the "S.C." stood for. His Willis Comet design was developed in a wind tunnel at an Air Force base near Dallas,Texas. The resulting design was superior to existing boats of the time in handling and speed and their popularity grew to the point where he was building 200 boats a year! That's an amazing number since the hulls were mahogany planked (like a Chris Craft) and because of the rounded shape of the boat, had to be difficult to do compared to plywood construction. From 1947 to the early Fifties, the "Comet" dominated the C-Service Runabout and C Alky Runabout classes.


12-20-2004, 08:02 PM
Thanks, Stew! Man, that is one beautiful boat. It sort of looks like the possible forerunner of the plywood bottomed Morphew and Switzer Utilities.

Do you know anything about Willis making any hydroplane or Sea Sled type boats?

http://hometown.aol.com/stewsill/images/willis%20comet%20001%20onehalf.jpg http://hometown.aol.com/stewsill/images/willis%20comet%20002%20one%20half.jpg

Ron Hill
12-21-2004, 10:01 AM
Just talked to Jimbo and Kathy, they've been "Snooping" here...why they don't post is easy...THEY ARE FROM THE OLDER GENERATION...

Bob Nagode and Jimbo worked together at OMC, one of their many jobs was fixing broken race boats.... Jimbo is an easy guy to like, actually, so is Bob, it was natural that they became great friends working together..

When you fix broken things, you sometimes, say, "WOW, why would you do it that way? Or what if we did this??" Well, Jimbo and Bob built one boat and it ran quite well, seems they built only two "GOAT BOATS"... but, I maybe wrong...Jimbo was always a respected competitor at the OPC races....

It was their idea to paint Mercury Motors on the side, like "notches" in a gun handle, everytime they beat a Mercury. Ted May did it too, but Jimbo and Bob started it...

Ron Hill
12-22-2004, 07:42 AM
Tom Ige

We had a race in Brawley, in the spring of 1976. Brawley is a small town that isn't far from the Mexican border, we race there in fresh water that is Coloradro River run off from irrigation. Irrigation water has too much salt, so they run it off into the Salton Sea....The whole area is 150 below sea level and as a result, even though Brawley is below sea level, and the lake is tiny, we could alwys show so very fast speeds there...The lake and area hasn't changed since the first time I went there in 1956...

I'm unloading my D Runabout...no carts for me, (Or anyone else for that matter).. we lifted that "SUCKER"... and a small man introduces himself and I immediately forget his name... He said did I sell any of those props in my trailer??? I said, "Sure." He said he needed "SOME." The word some got my attention. Had had like twenty hanging in my trailer.... He looked at several, aasked prices, then disappeared....

I go back to setting up my boat. A few minutes later he comes back was cash to buy like three props... I say, "This is cool, because those props ain't that great." He says he's going to need more... I say wonderful. He leaves and a few minutes later he comes back with more cash, says, "He wants the rest." This time I ask him what was your name, again... He says, "Tom Ige" and his adds, in his always nice voice, I'm the importer of Yamato Outboards... I say cool and head to the motorhome with my cash...

The club's race chairman's name is Frank Pruess, somehow he puts a class together for these "Tomatoes" (The have red cowlings and some names that sounds like tomato)...

Well, the five minute guns goes off, Tommy has LOADED like four motors out...and they crank them for a full 5 minutes and not one starts. They like sort a like the early Konig's, so my first thought was that the crank pins had slipped and they'd never run...

But Tommy went over and started one, then the next, finnally they all were running. I felt sorry for this nice man, I figured by the end of the day he'd have four broken outboard motors...

Mark Pruess, my cousin, John Heggenburger, Richard O'Dell and I don't recall who ran them...on Saturday and Sunday...The motors ran both days, on Sunday EVERYONE gave them back.... As I say the guy (Tommy) leave I thought we'd probably never see him again.

Monday or Tuesday, Farnk Pruess came by as we were working on the 1977 NationalS bid... He said he was foing to buy one...One what??? A Yamato 80, he said they only cost $300. I figured, they'd be about $1,500.

For $300 I knew they had to be JUNK... But we ran a race at Bakersfield, and they ran all wekend, and they guys actaully bought two from Tommy. Tommy said they'd run for ever...we started believeing him....Tommy was at every race and by the end of theyear, we had maybe 10 guys who has raced the Yamatos and we'd had no engine failures,,,,and if they turned over, Tommy had them running in no time...

In the spring of 1977, I'm Region 12 Chairman and I print $20,000 brochures to promote boat racing...Ron Eisely, a Super J driver prints them at a very good cost to the Region. The boat show is in January, I start passing the brochures out at MY BOOTH (Region 12's, but I got it for free)...and Tom Ige (pronounced EE GAY) has a Yamato booth and he gives out brochures everyday for ten days...

I buy three Yamatoes at $318 each including tax and get the local drivers to make a list. We sell ten new drivers on my "NOVICE" Class...Yamato prop, B hydro boat..

Tommy and I have so much fun we sign up for another boat show...

At the 1977 Nationals we run 20 SS Hydro as we called it, becasue it had 20 Cubic inches... Bakersfield Nationals is a hugh success, thanks in part to Tommy giving away motr parts and buying adds and helping the club...

By the end of 1977 SCOA, our club, has $10,000 in the bank...

The next few years, Stock Outboarding grows...Thanks to Tommy Ige "OUR JAPANES AMERICAN". Tommy was running RB with his Yamato, and at the kilos he blew over and broke his back...

While he was recovering, Tommy was retired military and his wife was from Hawaii...Tommy and his wife decided to sell the Yamato business and return to Hawaii...

I talked to Tommy yesterday...he's well, enjoying Hawaii..he doesn't internet, like he told me the last time I called him...but he says he misses boat racing and the good times we had...

I was looking through an old Speed and Spay magazine, in a letter to the editor, there was a letter by Tom Ige...dated 1952, US. Miliatary APO for an address...He's been a boat racing lover all his life...

Outboard racing owes Tommy a lot, he brought us the Yamato!!!!

Thanks, Tommy...the next time I'm in Maui...I'll stop and see you....

Add; We use to bet heavy on who would win, Tommy or Me....Big bucks...like $5.00 a heat......I always won...always, but Tommy always paid and would bet the next race......

Once at Brawley, I ran fifth the first heat, Tommy came down and wanted to double our bet......considering I'd taken his money all season, I figured, sure we acan double the best.....(I'd run my D Stock Hydro agains the B Alkyies)..sort of a set up, but down...

So, I head for the clockwith about 45 seconds left, I drop off plane and idle...these alkies can't idle...all four B Alky guys jump...I win...Tommy CHEERFULLY pays the bet....

Next spring I sell my D Hydro to Jimmy Dawe and start running MOD VP....

I didn't see Tommy much after that!!! I doubt he ever made a dime from selling the motrs, but he enjoed every minute!!!

Ron Hill
12-22-2004, 10:25 AM
Before Bill Boyes has to call me and tell me I made a MISTREAK, 20 SS Hydro in 1977 was called B Local...I don't hink I will take credit for this "CREATIVE" name...but I might have given it the name...

This clipping is from Powerboat 1977...

Ron Hill
12-22-2004, 02:21 PM

My brother lived two doors from Jack Snow (Norte Dame/Rams JAck Snaow)... As the Snow's kids grew, JT Snow hung out with Bunker... Mary Carol, JT's late mother was very protective of JT for many reasons, and for the right reasons... But JT (San Francisco Giants JT)...and Bunker were good kids, and pretty much did as they pleased...

We are heading to Needles, in June for a week. Tommy Ige "Invites" himself...which we are all pleased really, but we give him static for coming with "US"...

Tommy loved those Yamatoes and belived they could do anything. He had this little Vee Hull he used as a patrol boat and even raced it once...he had dreams a of a Vee Hull class, I liked the idea, but no one else did...

Tommy had never been to Needles in June...it is 110 degrees at 8 o'clcok in the morning. Tommy tells my brother he's going to pull him on skiis...The current is like 15 mph. I tell Tommy he's totally crazy.. Tommy starts this Model 80 and tries to pull my brother, my brother is pulling the boat backward..after they disappear out of sight....and 20 minutes later...

Tommy, dejectedly, says to Russ..."Russ, you drive, I'll water...." (Not water Ski...water)...

Russ pulled Tommy up on skiis, he skiied by us....then dropped off...

Then he let JT and Bunker take the boat out...even though Mary Carol's last words to us were, "Don't let JT drive the boat." Tommy gave them a 5 gallon can and a funnel. I told JT and Bunker to go up river...so when you ran out you can float back...as it turned, it was pretty cool...they'd go up river until we couldn't see them....then run out of gas...time they'd get her gassed back up and fired up again...they'd be floating back in front of camp....They ran that mother for 5 days...burned about 20 gallons a day.....Tommy never got another ride...He said they were having fun, let'm go... After that week I had a ton of respect for the Yamato 80...(Spring 1977).

That was thirty years ago, but when the family goes skiing today....The question always is, "You driving Russ or you gonna WATER?" (Even if Russ isn't in the boat, that is what we say....we liked Tommy)...

I sold 18 Model 80's for Tommy that year!!! (More than he sold)...

12-22-2004, 02:47 PM
Dick Pond and Marshall Grant

I am sure that some of the old timers on this board have heard of Dick and Marshall. For those of you who haven't, Dick Pond was born in 1937 in Keokuk, IA, a town just up the river from Quincy, IL. Dick was one of the best knee boat drivers around during the 50's and 60's. Dick started racing in 1953, driving A/B equipment for Ross Gibson out of Macomb, IL, and C/D/F equipment for Marvin Penn out of Meyer, IL. In one weekend in Texas and Oklahoma, Dick won 20 firsts, five seconds, and one third in 32 races. He won D Runabout championships three years in a row (1957, 58, and 59). In 1959, he was national high point driver finishing 20,000 points ahead of his closest competitor. In 1961, he won the B Hydro championship in Minneapolis, MN, driving for Bill Tenney, running a DeSilva Hydro with an Anzani engine.

In 1962, Dick teamed up with Marshall Grant. For those of you who have never heard that name, Marshall was the road manager and bass player for the Johnny Cash band and one of the original Tennessee Three. Marshall owned all of the equipment and Dick did the driving. During this time, they ran the Merc Quincy and Quincy Looper engines. Marshall did most of the set-up and engine tuning. Probably the most famous runabout in racing was the "Ring of Fire" DeSilva that Dick and Marshall campaigned. During this time with Marshall, Dick held five world titles, three straight-away records, and won the NOA North/South Championship US Grant trophy twice.

After Dick quit driving around 1967 or 68, another famous driver teamed up with Marshall. His name was Billy Seebold. At that time, Marshall had switched over to the Koenig engines. Billy and Marshall campaigned the "Ring of Fire II" and another boat named "Miss Folsum". Together this team also won many championships.

Another driver who drove for Marshall was a fellow from Indiana whose name was Danny Kurtz.

All together Dick Pond, or Dickie as some called him, held 12 World Championships. Dick still lives in Keokuk, IA. I see him about twice a year and swap stories and have a cold beer. Attached is a picture of Dickie in late 1950's.

Ron Hill
12-22-2004, 06:45 PM
George, Alan's father was a chicken sexer, but had to give it up becasue of his eye sight... Day old chickens are hard to determine their sex, it was a very garded secret in Japanese families...

George Ishi was a great guy, worked hard for our club. He and Doc Collins were very close...... can't recall Alan doing much, he raced 125 Hydro and B Stock hydro. but I sometimes forget!!!!

Ron Hill
12-22-2004, 06:48 PM
J.A. Lon Stevens started racing alky outboards in the 1950's. In 1960 a racing accident seriously handicapped lon, forcing him to give up his truck-driving career. Needing a new career, Lon began to build a machine shop in his garage.
This machine shop served two purposes, rehabilitation for his hand, which was damaged in the 1960 crash, and his sole source of income. The fruits of countless hours spent in his shop working on racing outboards can be seen throught the record books.

Lon's first APBA achievement was in 1962 when he set the C Service Runabout record at 59.027 mph. From 1966 on the F Racing Runabout record book would be laden with the mark of Lon Stevens, known for his 60 and 66 cubic inch "Full House Six". The current 1100cc Runabout record stands at 102.705 mph.

Lon, essentially a self-taught man, continued the racing development of the cross-flow scavenged Mercury when O.F. Christener changed to the Quincy-Loop scavanged design. Those "Full House" engines were most recongizable by their removable heads and three additional carburetors to the side of the crankcase. There are many champions that have utilized Lon's engines to achieve success.

Aside from working on engines, Lon was also involved in local politics. Lon was the chairman of Region 11 and was responsible for initiating the 44 cubic inch Mercury Class in the PRO category, currently fun a Formula E in the Modified Division. Lon also had a good eye for hydroplane design. Working with his son, the late John F. Stevens as his driver, they were able to overcome the high center of gravity problems inherent to the in-line Mercury. The current kilo record for 1100CC Hydro is 122.376, set by John F. Stevens, twenty years ago, stands as a tribute to father and son...

Written by Rich Fuchlin July 8, 2001...Published without permission...I'm assuming he won't mid...

Lon and Rich go way back..Lon is a great guy, a real throw back to the OLD DAYS!!!!!

Jeff Akers supplied this image:

David Weaver
12-23-2004, 05:13 AM
George, Alan's father was a chicken sexer, but had to give it up becasue of his eye sight... Day old chickens are hard to determine their sex, it was a very garded secret in Japanese families...

George Ishi was a great guy, worked hard for our club. He and Doc Collins were very close...... can't recall Alan doing much, he raced 125 Hydro and B Stock hydro. but I sometimes forget!!!!

I remember attending a "World Championship" alky race in Alexandria. LA around 1972. It was the weekend after the PRO Nationals in Depue. We went directly to Alex and were the second trailer to arrive. Doc Collins and Alan were the only ones there with a few pit crew. And they we testing quite extensively. Seemed that they were running a bunch of runabouts and a M hydro. I thought that they did well, but it was a long time ago and as a seven year old, I had no attention span. I remeber Doc being a little gruff when we introduced ourselves, but he lightened up after a few minutes.

First race that I remember seeing a laydown hydro. Two guys from Sweeden attended and ran 250 hydro's with round noses and big, bubble windshields.

Ron Hill
12-27-2004, 08:41 PM
In 1952, Manny Carnakis got us tickets for the aindy 500. Manny was the Mayor of Bakersfield and had many friends...He bought a block of tickets yearly, and arranged to fly everyone to the race...but we didn't get one of his "BLOCK" of tickets as he'd sold them all...

Anyway, when we got to Indy, Orlando Toriginati and Elmo Balamity were there and they didn't have a car, cause they flew in...no rent cars then, but they wanted to go to Muncey, Indiana and see Paul Wearly...In '52 I was 8...Anyway we went to see Paul in y dad's '49 Chevy...My mom, dad, Orlando, and Elmo... (Elmo was also a rich farmer from Bakersfield...he raced "B"...but was never as famous as Orlando...He was killed in a private plane crash that also took the life of Tommy Ingle's twin sister...Tony, as a
Navy officer, help make the PT boats go faster than the designer had planned...he was famous for "A" and "C" hydro...

Paul Wearly was in the tombstone business but has a boat business that actually had new hydros in stock...seems they weren't Neals, though. A very cool shop....

To be honest, I don't know anything about Paul's racing...except that if my dad, Orlando and Elmo wanted to go seem him he must havebeen "BIG TIME"...

I later met, at Brawley and several other races John Wearly, cousin to Paul..Seem his family ran APBA MOD and did well.

Sorry, I can't remember more...but 1952 was a long time ago!!!

Ron Hill
12-30-2004, 11:38 AM
John's father rode with Louis Meyer at Indy. Louie was athree time winner of the 500.

Dale Drake and Louie Meyer bought the Offenhauser Engine plant and built the Offy.

John was an only child and probably my brother's best friend. He was a great boat racer and very talented...The Drake Jet, the Drake Water Pumps...were some of his inventions..

He passed away about Thanksgiving this year. His wife has many pictures of John's boat racing days....I will get them and post them later...

Here is my brother tribute at his funeral...
And my tribute to a friend...

Ron Hill
12-30-2004, 08:43 PM
When Boat 990 was younger he had several Willis Comets...Here is one, when he lived in Illinois...with a front seat...

Boat 990, "POP" tells some great stories....wish he'd write a few...

But he tells me he is going to buy palns and build a "NEW" Willis Comet...

And show it at the races...

The first "OFFICIAL" BRF BOAT SHOW will be at the May, Indio Race...So, get ready to show your rigs...

Ron Hill
12-30-2004, 08:45 PM
1969 Dodge Charger....Jimbo had one, too!!!

Here is the Willis...ain't quite "SHOW QUALITY"...but it was used daily....in the old days...That is BOAT 990 at the wheel...(Before they called him "POP"...)...

MADMAN MUNTZ sponsor???

Ron Hill
12-31-2004, 07:24 AM
In the 1950's evreyone with any money sent their props to "Texas". When you found out who Texas was, they said Baumann. Later, in the 1960's the shop's name became Bauwmann-Middleton Propeller Service.

Now, the shop is called Baumann Propeller Service.

"Texas" was the DeWald of the era. All props came back from "Texas" with three circular lines scribed on each blade. Props were "Spooned", full dish cup.

The family is still active in the propeller business...

12-31-2004, 11:43 AM
Ron, I've heard that there is a little more to the Yamato/Tom Ige story.

We know that the earliest Yamato racer was a close copy of the Merc KG7Q ... what I heard was that Tom was the one who got the Yamato people their KG7 to reverse engineer and improve to make their first racer. Could you ask Tom if this is true the next time you talk to him?

If this is true it explains how Tom was connected enough with the Yamato factory to get started selling motors in the US .... they "owed him" from their beginning

AND we all owe Tom more than we can repay him. How often has a single racer done so much to benefit so many individuals and racing in general?

Ron Hill
12-31-2004, 11:58 AM
Like I said, I saw a letter from Tom Ige in a 1955, Speed and Spray...So, Tom had been around.....and interested in boats...

I might ask Tommy.....Tommy is a Japanese-American.....I don't know if I will ask...and I don't know if he'd tell me... Giving a KG-7 to the Japanese, at the time, may have been considered UnAmerican.

I would rather think that Tom was in the American Military, stationed in Japan and made the contacts himself, as he is fluent in Japanese....and he did serve our country for more than 20 years.

I might "BROACH" the subject with him....from a pure historical point, it would be nice to know....

Someone just said,
"Build it and they'll come." Tommy brought them, with time, money, love, energy....

12-31-2004, 12:08 PM
I suppose the most polite way to broach the subject would be to ask him how he got connected with the Yamato factory to bring the first 80's to the US for your "Local" class and see how much he volunteers.

01-02-2005, 07:52 PM

South Bend Tribune obit (http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2004/12/30/vital.20041230-sbt-LOCL-B1-Motor_inventor_seen.sto)

01-03-2005, 09:56 PM
Sam- Found this article on Jack Maypole.Will you please post it to his name please? Thanks - Tomtall

It is done :) :) :). This isn't exactly the way I think is best to do this, and credit must be given to Marvel Characters Inc, the copywrite holder.

01-03-2005, 10:19 PM
Sam- Would you please post this with Bud and Ethal Wigets name? Had to post on two posts due to size. Thanks - Tomtall

The link is made. Again, credit to Marvel Characters, Inc. The author is listed as Blake Gilpin. Blake was Mrs. Hank Bowman; most likely the article was written by Hank using his wife's name.

If you came to this thread via the link on the first post of this thread, use the link below to get to the other images containing the story.

Link to post #81 with the rest of the story (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1611&postcount=81)


01-03-2005, 10:33 PM
Last two attachments of Wiget history from Boat Sport Magazine, Marvel Characters Inc copywrite holder.

Ted March
01-04-2005, 12:34 PM
Keep it comming!!!


Ron Hill
01-04-2005, 07:55 PM
Frank has been building boats since at least 1955. He raced a 20-H on a Mishey hull, natural wood and red deck for many years, when the Hot Rod was winning. Seems he never gave up on the 20-H.

Later, he had a pretty fast 20 SSH and a very fast VC Konig B...

He rode deck for me several times in F Runabout...not sure I ever thanked him...He got hurt riding deck at Sparks, Nevada (Not riding with me).....a long time ago...but I think that ended his racing.

His boats have won countless races. His prices have always been more than fair..He has always given his all to anyone that needed help.

I'm not sure how old Frank is, but it doesn't matter to him. When there is a boat race, he goes.....His wife Wanda Refereed several Mod Nationals and went to the races for many years...but, Frank usually goes to the races along, now...all the way from his home in Phoenix, AZ...

He has been loyal to boat racing for at least 50 years...

This is Frank at the Winternationals, 1968 at Topock!!!

Kristi Ellison
01-06-2005, 09:43 AM
My brother Chris Hellsten

He started racing when he was 9 in JSR and was the youngest world champion at the age of 11 in 125H in Alexandria. That same year Mel Kirts was the oldest world champion at the age of 80. Somewhere we have a great picture of the 2 of them side by side.

Multiple competition records, Multiple inductions into the Hall of Champions(4X I believe), too many to mention National Championships.

Also My dad Pete Hellsten:
APBA Honor Squadron, Hall of Champions, Pro Commision, Competition records.

Curt Hellsten
Hall of Champions, Competition records, National Championships.

Kristi, here's the 2002 APBA Honor Squadron bio on your dad, Pete Hellsten: At age 16 Pete began a 50 year racing career when he repaired a motor and designed a soap box runabout. He won many PRO Hight Point titles and set speed records with engines he designed and built. A PRO Comission corner stone for years, he was an original member of the Long Island Eastern Outboard Racing Club. He served in most every official capacty in many clubs and chaired Region 5 and APBA National Meetings. Pete earned a 1980 Hall of Champions induction and brought his children Chris, Curt and Kristi into racing. Just before he lost his battle with cancer in August 2001, Pete was setting up his new racing shop! Racing outboard hydroplanes was truely Pete Hellsten's passion

01-06-2005, 12:31 PM
Kristi, can you find a nice picture of your dad at a race or with a boat or motor that we can add to his biography?

Ron Hill
01-06-2005, 01:33 PM

ANY pictures...your dad was a GREAT person...He was the last guy I saw at the APBA Convention in Daytona...as I recall he did a ton of work putting on that convention...Hard for me to believe he's gone...

My skin doctors sees me every three months....and I've been using that routine for close to 25 years...They didn't have lock out when we were kids...COVER yourself and your kids att the races...

01-06-2005, 02:43 PM
I usually see my dermatologist once a year, unless I get an ugly spot that lasts for more than a month.... some years that is 4 times a year, sometimes once.

We use this:

http://a1468.g.akamai.net/f/1468/580/1d/pics.drugstore.com/prodimg/91654/300.jpg It works as advertized.

Kristi Ellison
01-07-2005, 06:20 AM
I found this in my computer. I have some more..I will dig one out and scan it in.

Thanks for all the nice words....He was not always the easiest person to get along with but he loved boat racing.


Ron Hill
01-08-2005, 08:57 AM
In 1966, I graduated from NAU. I had majored in Sigma Chi and minored in sorority...I was involved with student government and really wanted to stay another year...but was out of money, the draft wanted me, so I decided to teach, besides, I'd if I taught, I'd have the summers off to race.

I lived in Garden Grove with my parents and I met a guy named Dave Severson, who had been known for starting magazines. One of which was the World of Outboards, which I had read every issue at least 16 times...

As luck would have it, OMC was looking for a runabout driver, for Havasu 1966, and Ted May told Jack Leek I was the best runabout driver in California.. So, OMC asked me to drive at Havasu 1966.

At Havasu, I found out Dave Severson was working for Larry Laurie and Associates, McCullough's PR firm and Dave had done the program for the Havasu Classic. Dave wasn't much older than I and we hit it off well.

In the spring of 1967, I found out that Dave owned Power Boat Magazine with Jerry Tidwell. Dave told me I should work for them and told me he was going to help me with sponsors... He sent me to Valvoline to meet Amos Corjaut, President, West Coast Valvoline...They didn't give me any cash but did give me like a hundred cases of OUTBOARD OIL.

I called Severson to thank him for the deal and he asked if I could write...I told him there ain't nothing I can't do.....He says, well, then you are going to be our Outboard Editor/Writer for Power Boat Magazine.....I say, "COOL, how do I make any money at this?"

He says for every subscription I write, for $5.00, I can keep the money and if I work the boat shows, I keep half... (They want numbers, not the money)..I'm such a whiz with arithmetic, I figure, I make $5,900 a year teaching...all I'd need is 1,000 subscriptions, each year, and I'd double my salary...

About this time, my brother has kind of dropped out of kneeldown racing and is into APBA politics and Offshore Racing. He, along with Sandy Kemp had started POPBRA. They had monthly meeting at the Long Beach Yacht Club...The meetings were something new to me...As these guys drank martinis and wore cool clothes...something very different than "THE DIRTY PANT" boat racers I hung with...

I took off in June of 1967 ready to get rich in Boat Racing...I was going to be a racer and a writer...I went to the Marathon Nationals in Bay City, Michigan...I wrote an article for Power Boat that got published... Then I went to Valleyfield, DePue, Illinois, Chicago to Milwaukee, Canton, Ohio, and Essex, MD. I wrote articles with pictures on all these races. Except Chicago to Milwaukee as Jimmy Jost told me he'd covered it..

When I got home from my summer trip, I hadn't sold any magazine subscriptions....I could do that at boat shows...but I had made money, I won money at several races, I'd sold about 20 of Bill Boyes's wheels and made money on everyone of those...

So, I rolled in to the POPBRA Meeting with about a grand in my pocket, figuring to enjoy the evening's meeting. At the meeting, Bob Nodskog announced he'd purchased Power Boat Magazine and was going to promote POWER BOAT (He meant POWERBOAT as OFFSHORE was called) RACING the way HE wanted to...MY first reaction was great...This guy has money and HE can protmote Power Boat Racing...

The first two things he did as owner was change the name to POWERBOAT and fire me...(Only one of my articles ever appeared in PB and that was the 1967 Marathon Nationals in Bay City)...

That is background....
More Nordskog (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1818&highlight=Viking#post1818)

Ron Hill
01-08-2005, 09:26 AM
I wasn't really mad at Bob for firing me...I could see the handwriting on the wall that KNEELDOWNS didn't have the interest that OPC did...I thought he should have kept me on to write about OPC....I went to Havasu, 1967 and won more than a year's salary...so, I figured, who needs to be a writer...they write about me anyway...

Bob made ovens for the airlines. Those cool looking stainless steel gallies that warmed the food on many a commercial airlines, were all Nordskog Ovens.. I'm not sure how much he really made but, it is easy to say he was making big bucks.

Bob raced Boat Drags, Marathons, Outboards and Offshore. Almost all, and maybe all of his boats were called Viking Spirit. He never raced to race, he raced to win. He came from a mind set that car engines were better than clamp on two strokes. And, he wasn't afraid to admit it.

He drove the Parker 9 Hour by himself...and I'd need to check, but I think he won.

He raced the Bahamas 500 in an aluminum boat that sank in about one minute...the only thing he got off the boat was the life raft and quart of booze...He told the story at the POPBRA meeting and I made him repeat it to my wife about three years later...He could tell a good story.

Bob was true to his word...He DID PROMOTE OFFSHORE POWERBOAT RACING the way he thought it should be promoted..

His personal wealth promoted The Powerboat Speed Trials, at Lake Mead, for many, many years. His personal wealth, bank rolled Offshore Racing on the West Coast for many, many years.

He ran for and won the Presidency of APBA. I felt, at the time, and still do, that he was a very good leader of our organization.

Bob raced tunnel boats in Europe with OMC. Ted May and myself taught Bob to drive a tunnel. In Paris, 1970, Bob and Ted drove a Molinari and John Schubert and I drove almost the same boat. My wife and I spent quite a few evening with Bob and his wife, Ellie, in Europe. He had a charming way with most people.

Bob hired Ted May, in the fall of 1970. Bob's grand kids, and Don Johnson started racing kneeldown boats, with Ted as their Coach. Ted helped the kids build the boats at Bob's Shop. Bob even came and drove a heat, at Bakerfield...and covered some races in POWERBOAT MAGAZINE.

I have no clue how many Offshore Races he really won, but he claimed to have won the most of any man, and I feel this claim is true. Bob beat some serious competitiors over the years.

He wasn't always kind to those who disagreed with him....but you always knew where he stood.

Bob Nordskog was a true legend in our sport.

Ron Hill
01-12-2005, 12:58 PM
This is Don Johnson on the cover of the 1977 Stock Nationals Program...

Don, Eric and Mike Nordskog built thier own boats, with Ted May's guidance.

This is the B Stock Hydro, Bob Nordskog raced, once, in Stock racing...

Do went on to drive Arcadian Trucking's Formula One tunnel..

Thanks Tom Tall for the picture of Nordskog!!!

Ron Hill
01-12-2005, 06:47 PM
Not everyone called Barry Woods, "King Woods", but I did. Barry called me one Sunday morning, I hadn't been married very long, and my bride was a TWA Hostess and was on a flight...and I hadn't started my prop business yet, so I had time on my hands.

Barry asked me how come I drove OMC's "GOOD" stuff...after three hours on the phone, Barry understood how OMC worked and knew the history of OMC's racing....

Until that year, I had had T-35, S-35, JJ-35, U-35 and XX-35....The rules changed, and Barry ended up with 35... That was OK as I ended up with 9, that went along with 19.....as in 19-C. But, the first year, I was mad as I had 175...Jimbo had 191 and Seebold had 190...You got your new number by the way you registered at Havasu, except Barry, who called APBA HQ and got 35.

The number 35 didn't help Barry that year... Barry and his now Ex wife had/have a business called Concrete Coring Company...CCC Evinrude....NO, CCC Inc. They were one of the first companies to drill cement in tilt up construction...they made serious money in the '70's and still make BIG BUCKS today...

The reason Barry was called "KING", is he was driven to the best...He wanted to win...If it meant he paid the check everytime...nobody was going to beat him...

About 1971, Barry showed up in Paris with his wife, but I don't think he had a boat. He just came to get a FACTORY Motor and as it turned out, Garbrecht didn't need him or his CASH, but when Barry went to Scotti's shop and ordered about six boats.....OMC wanted to know who this guy was??? and could he drive??? Maybe, if they put someone like Fred Hauenstein with him...

After the Paris race, Bill and Lynn Seebold, Barry and Margarite Woods, Me and Barb Hill and Bill Wellach and his wife, decided to go to Spain for the week between Paris and Berlin... We flew to Lisbon, Portugal and rented two cars...Seebold and Woods raced from Lisbon, Portugal to Malaga, Spain...Hardly stopping long enough for us to use the heads...

That night at dinner, we ordered whatever.....tired from a days racing, I WENT TO THE head. UPON MY RETURN, EVERYONE HAD FINISHED THEIR SOUP BUT ME..IT was tomato soup with rice...as I started to eat my soup, I noticed my rice was wiggling.....I sai, "Hey my rice are swimming." It wasn't rice it was maggots....

Wellach's wife barfed, the rest just drank more wine...the next day, the Wellach's flew home to Wisconsin...Seebold, Woods and Hill hung for the rest of the week...I could give details, but won't bore you.....I will say this, Barry picked up the check all week...Seebold bought once or twice...and my wife says I never bought...We hit the bull fights, the baby pigs...we were "THE UGLY" Americans..

One night, I will say this, we'd drank all the 1960 wine the restaurant had, and ordered some more, the waiter scratched out the date and changed 1970 to 1960... we drank it anyway..

By 1972 Paris, Barry was not just part of OMC's Team, he was the "CHEERLEADER"... He had Scotti's latest creations and I can't remember who co drove with him, but they lead most of the day..and broke...When I passed Barry, floating, he was wiping his eyes...I thought back to the year before, when I'd broken with 30 minutes to go, while leading...and realized I had tears in my eyes too... I realized then, the Barry was "REAL"...and started to really respect him...Money can buy things, but he wanted that win as one racer to another, I knew how he felt...Paris wasn't an easy race and it sure as hell wasn't easy to lead...

Spring of 1973...Freddy was driving with King Woods, at Paker, and Freddy blew the bottom out of a sponson... the boat cork screwed over and skidded on Freddy's head...Monday, on the way home, the Hauenstein's had to stop every 50 miles and let Freddy hold his head and neck...Lucky, he wasn't killed...

Barry went from V-4's to V-8's....as he had fallen out of his Datsun 280 Z and was hurt really bad...He recovered in time to race V-8's. I don't recall how he did on the V-8 curcuit...but do recall him coming to Parker with his V-8...Freddy and I use to turn 8 minutes and 32 seconds all day...King Woods was turning 6 minute laps...8:32 was a 108 mph boat...6 minutes was a 140 plus... The transom came out after about 4 hours.. the boat was destroyed...He was alright, which I was glad to see...

I heard later he had a bad stuff and that hurt him enough to call it quits...

Barry had a big house and I assume still does, in Portland, OR, at an APBA Convention, meeting he had a big party for everyone... Barry made his intention known to everyone...He came to win...he didn't come to race......

He's a hell of a guy...He and his wife are still business partners, I think...His wife is a great person, too...


The Portland Formula One, a few years back was backed by Barry....Truth is, the sport could use several hundred Barry "King" Woods...

01-15-2005, 07:50 PM
Homer seemed to be able to beat the odds! Story courtesy of Boatsport Mag./Marvel characters- Written by Ms.Blake Gilpin

01-15-2005, 07:52 PM
Page #2

01-15-2005, 07:54 PM
Page #3

01-16-2005, 10:49 AM
A history leason on Dick Neal.Boat builder,racer,engine builder. Courtesy - Boatsport mag./Marvel characters Inc.- Story by - M.F. Hauserman,Jr.

01-16-2005, 10:51 AM
Page #2

01-16-2005, 10:54 AM
Page #3

01-16-2005, 08:27 PM
Another Harry Bartolomei story:

1963 Alky Nationals .... Harry has a sponsored ride in F hydro ..... the Scott McCulloch factory needed an APBA member to drive Bob McCullough Sr.'s beautiful new DeSilva F hydro sporting the then brand new Scott McCulloch 590 F class racing motor. This was because Oxley, Kies and the rest of the crew had been WOA members, but never APBA members.

The boat had been a gift to Bob McCullough Sr. from his employees for a recent birthday. Even the DeSilvas recalled how pretty this boat was, being made of all northern hardwoods with a natural wood finish .... it stood out as one of the prettiest boats they ever built.

The motor was the showcase motor of the Scott McCulloch line, specially destroked to reduce the motor size to qualify for F racing at 59.85 cubic inches instead of the more common 63.25 cubic inch motor size from the fishing motor. The 1963 Nationals was to be the debut of this new model.

The top competitors entered in F hydro were Entrop with his famous 6 cylinder Merc, Bartolomei with the new Scott McCulloch and the long standing man to beat .... Bud Wiget with his trusty 25 year old 4-60 Evinrude racer.

The results are in one of the magazines I have here somewhere ... too bad there weren't any pictures. If my memory is working Bud Wiget took first, Entrop second and Bartolomei third. The Scott McCulloch crew was quite dejected by these results, but part of it had been brought on by themselves. While the boat was beautiful, the DeSilvas told me it was quite heavy and not an up to date design .... basically a beautiful pig ... it had been designed and built as a show piece, not a current racer.

Oxley and Kies recalled this race and recalled that they felt that Harry could have tried harder to throw the pig around more in a way that suited the motor's power band better ....

I am actually quite surpized that they took third as such a loss - considering who they raced against, the fact that they knew the boat wasn't a first rate boat and that the motor was a completely new type. I know I would not have been disappointed to have finished third behind Wiget and Entrop the first time out with a new type motor.

01-17-2005, 07:02 AM
"Malcome Pope" - This man was a pioneer in the boat racing and stunt world. The following bio was written by - Hank Bowman,courtesy of "Boatsport" archives @ http://www.boatsport.org/

01-17-2005, 07:04 AM
Page #2

01-17-2005, 07:07 AM
Page #3

01-17-2005, 07:09 AM
Page #4

01-17-2005, 07:12 AM
Pages- 5,6,7,8

01-17-2005, 10:36 AM
Some history on Bill Seebold Sr. at the "Seebold" web site here -

Direct link to the Grandpa Seebold page (

Peter Crowley
01-18-2005, 01:41 PM
Dick Fickett- lived in RI or CT. In the mid 60's he "teamed up" with Bob Goller and Mus Poulin. They had identical paint jobs on their boats, except that where Mus & Bob had yellow with black and white trim, Dick had medium blue with black and white trim. Bob race CSH and BOH, while Mus ran ASH. Dick was a BSH driver, usually running a Sid-Craft boat #6-D. Dick had some very beautifully painted MK20H engines. These were very custom looking engines that would make you stop and look. He was also a little extreme in his approach to racing. He wasn't interested in winning- he wanted to “blow-away” the field! That was virtually impossible in this area with the likes of Larry Castagneto, Bill Giles, Bud Tomlinson, Clark Maloof, Don Biondi, Dick Dupont, and a host of others all running BSH against him....
I remember Dick Fickett running along the beach with his Sid-Craft BSH all aired out with the back of that boat rhythmically bouncing off the water so you could see daylight between bounces under his boat. The sound? That was something that I will never forget- that "wound-out" MK20H could be heard from behind the boat like normal, but when the back lifted out of the water- the sound of the 20H came from UNDER the boat! It was without a doubt one of the best set-ups on a BSH that I ever saw, what an impressive experience.
Dick later ran one of the first 20ssH classes with a Bezoat hydro. He finally did what he had always strived for... to win the Nationals! After that race he retired from racing.
Dick made many products starting in the 60's. He made fuel tanks, "Fickett Checkers", steering wheel hubs, clamp bracket pads, kick-out blocks... all kinds of things. He was probably best known for his aluminum “steering bar” gas tanks. His welding ability is legendary.

01-18-2005, 03:13 PM
Thanks, Peter. I'm sure you can fill us in on several more names on this list! ;)

01-18-2005, 10:33 PM
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="90%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD align=middle width="90%" colSpan=2>This Bio is of the great boat racing legand Bill Seebold Jr./Courtisy of the "Missouri sports hall of fame" web site </TD></TR><TR><TD align=left width="90%" colSpan=2>Biography</TD></TR><TR><TD align=left width="90%" bgColor=#ffffff colSpan=2>Bill Seebold, Jr. was born on February 23, 1941, in Granite City, IL. At the tender age of 11, Bill Jr. won his first boat race, starting his career in stock-engined outboard boats that hit top speeds of about 26-miles-per-hour. Seebold, Jr. claimed his first American Power Boat Association national points title just six years later in 1958…a title that launched arguably the most successful powerboat racing career in the history of the sport. The bulk of his 46-year career was spent racing in “tunnel-hull” outboard boats, which fly over the water on a cushion of air. Upon retiring in 1997, he had accumulated 69 World and National Championships with over 900 racing victories. At the age of 57 he won the sport’s North American Championship and his seventh St. Louis Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious events in powerboat racing. Seebold, Jr. won the Paris 6-Hour Race in 1974 and six Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) world championships from 1975 to 1990. He won the Duke of York Trophy at Windsor, England, five times from 1978 to 1983. In North America, he was the champion of the FONDA circuit in 1981 and the International Outboard Grand Prix in 1989, 1993, and 1994. A hard-charging, late-season drive brought him from the middle of the pack to the 1997 PROP Tour title that allowed him to end his career as most of it was spent – as a champion. In 1999 he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in Detroit, MI, as the first Missourian and the 10th representative of powerboat racing to enter the Hall. He received the Union of International Motorboating’s Medal of Honor in 1992, was inducted into the Gulf Marine Hall of Fame when he was only 25, and was recognized as part of the St. Louis Sports Century honorees in 1999. The 2004 season represents Bill’s 53rd as a driver or team owner. It will be the 23rd season in which Team Seebold has been sponsored by the Bud Light beer brand of Anheuser- Busch. Much of Bill’s summer is consumed by making arrangements for the St. Louis grand Prix, a race he helped start 32 years ago. More than $2-million dollars in proceeds from the race have been donated to the charities supported by his Concord Village Lions Club. The St. Louis race was the first race to sign up the new Champ Boat Series, which was formed in 2002 and has become the lead organization for professional tunnel-hull boat racing in the western hemisphere. As the team owner, Bill has won three North American Championships. Bill and his wife Lynne reside in Sunset Hills, MO. They have four children; Mike, Tim, Billy, and Kim. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

01-18-2005, 10:44 PM
Speedboat king Gar Wood jr. Bio may be seen at this address - http://info.detnews.com/history/story/index.cfm?id=126&category=sports

John Howe
01-19-2005, 05:07 PM
A few years ago I was at a Champ boat race at Cypress Gardens, which is located just south of Orlando, and I was standing on the bank awaiting the start of a race. I looked to my right and Bill was standing next to me. I started talking to him and told him that I remembered him at the helm of a great running supercharged, on alky, 7litre inboard cabover hydro called "Long Gone" and winning a few races at the Miami Marine Stadium back in the late 60`s. He just kinda looked at me, smiled a bit and shook his head, and said "That was a loooong time ago!" :D

Ron Hill
01-21-2005, 10:24 AM
From my dealings with Harry, he never "Saved" anything. When he came to a race, a Record Run or Kilo, Harry brought everything he had. When Harry was a driver, he was the last one to back down for the corners...and I never saw him back off on the straightaways...

When we went to DePue, 1967, via Valleyfield... we had an A Quincy, a B Quincy, a four carb C Konig, a four carb D Konig, a 75-H, and a VC Konig C...plus my 55-H...We had a NEW 13'6" DeSilva, a 12' Desilva, a 1`3'6" Schultz and my D Sid Craft piled on Harry's 1967 Ford and this trailer....which Some friends and I painted, before we left, while drinking "Skip and Go Naked" drinks...something, I no longer make and have forgotten the recipe...

In conclusion, had the McCullough F had the power, Harry would have put it out front....the motor was as much of a problem as the boat....but the problem was NOT "COCKPIT TROUBLE"...in my opinion...

"Save the Mother Condor" was Bob Powell's cry....

Last add: Harry wasn't very "PLEASED" with our paint job on HIS TRAILER...

01-21-2005, 06:32 PM
Far Out Ron Hill -- Groovy lettering

Ron Hill
01-21-2005, 07:34 PM
Sam, please connect this to Sherman-Williams or Wendt Brothers painting web site...but I can tell you, Greg is a Who's Who..and actually, he should be under "GENTLEMEN" Racers, too!!!

When I catch my breath, I'll tell you about the "REAL GREG FOSTER"... he's better than he looks!!!!

Ron Hill
01-24-2005, 01:50 PM
I know that many have heard of Eagle One, but few know much about Noah Legear who is Eagle One...

I've known Noah for more than 30 years. When we first met, Noah drove a school bus in Panama City, Florida and owned a small trailer park and worked on outboards...plus did some racing... I taught school, in those days, and we talked on the phone, now and then...

We never really met face to face, until 1999 or 2000....at a APBA Convention in Mississippi...

Noah had sold his trailer park to Home DePot and had just built a new shop...(He hadn't driven the school bus in YEARS)...

Anyway, Noah and I look at each other...he's a big guy, like me...I'm 6'5", Noah must be about the same..We were both wearing Rockport Walkers...shoe most big guys learn to wear, if they are on their feet for many hours...

Why was I in Mississippi? I was making a speech, as OPC Chair, and I just had to introduce my good friend, Noah Legear, who I'd known for 30 years, but had only seen him the day before...

Here is a block Noah sleeved for me...(I'm building something besides 15 HP Evinrudes....for Capnzee's Enduro)...

Ron Hill
01-24-2005, 01:53 PM
Besides, Noah, I'd never talk bad about you, you've got more on me than I have on you anyway!!!

Here's my new cowling that Eagle One made me..going on the "THE BOAT" that we'll keep at my daughter's and son-in-laws place at Needles...

Last add: I could not be more pleased with this cowling...comes with a bottom pan and latches...

01-24-2005, 06:52 PM
I know that many have heard of Eagle One, but few know much about Noah Legear who is Eagle One...

I've known Noah for more than 30 years. When we first met, Noah drove a school bus in Panama City, Florida and owned a small trailer park and worked on outboards...plus did some racing... I taught school, in those days, and we talked on the phone, now and then...

We never really met face to face, until 1999 or 2000....at a APBA Convention in Mississippi...

Noah had sold his trailer park to Home DePot and had just built a new shop...(He hadn't driven the school bus in YEARS)...

Anyway, Noah and I look at each other...he's a big guy, like me...I'm 6'5", Noah must be about the same..We were both wearing Rockport Walkers...shoe most big guys learn to wear, if they are on their feet for many hours...

Where was I...At Mississippi, I was making a speech, as OPC Chair, and I just had to introduce my good friend, Noah Legear, who I'd know for 30 years, but had only seen him the day before...

Here is a block Noah sleeved for me...(I'm building something besides 15 HP Evinrudes....for Capnzee's Enduro)...

during our SCOA banquet at Havasu Landing a couple weeks ago, me, Jimbo and Kathy, and Frank Z. started talking about you. We all wondered how in the hell do you remember so much detailed information about the past racing history, etc??????

Peter Crowley
01-25-2005, 05:27 PM
CLINTON FERGUSON: “Clint”, as he was known to his friends and fans, was described at 2004 APBA National Meeting by Charlie Strang as “….one of the best Outboard Racers that ever lived.” That statement alone, from one of the most knowledgeable men in the boat racing business, should be enough to describe Clint Ferguson the “racer”. However, in fairness to his biography, I will provide a more detailed account of his racing career.

The accomplishments of Clint Ferguson would be extraordinary in ANY decade or era of outboard racing. They are perhaps more outstanding when you consider that they took place during the highly competitive and difficult times of the 1930’s. Racing in this era required thousands of miles of travel on roads before there were highways and in cars before they were reliable. These racers were the “dare devils” in little hydroplanes, which were built before the age of plywood. The name Clint Ferguson became a household name during the 1930’s, in a time when outboard races were covered in every major newspaper across the country. He was able to acquire the right mechanic, gathered the best equipment available and blazed a trail through the pre-war era of outboard racing like few other drivers. His driving skill was legendary. Clint’s accomplishments came as the result of his strong desire to succeed, his considerable effort and his unmatched talent. Clint drove with the intention to win races. His driving style was characterized by excellent starts on the inside lane and his ability to get every ounce of speed out of his various raceboats. His speed and his extraordinary driving skills can be illustrated by his ability to win 10 National Championships and 14 Speed Records in only 8 seasons of racing.

1933: Clint won the Outboard National Championship (Chicago, IL) in his “rookie” season in the A class and set Mile Speed Records in both the A class and C class.

1934: He won the Outboard National Championship (Philadelphia, PA) again in the A class, as well as adding a Nationals win in the B class as well!

1935: This year saw an Outboard National Championship (Tulsa, OK) win in the C class. Although he didn’t win this years Outboard National Championships in the A class, he broke both the Mile Speed Record and the 5 Mile Competition Record in the A class.

1936: Clint was the first driver to win three National Championships (Chicago, IL) in the same year, winning classes A, B & C. This year was also highlighted by four records- two Mile Speed Records in class B, the 5 Mile Competition Record in class B and the 5 Mile Competition Record in class C.

1937: At the Outboard National Championships (Richmond, VA), Clint didn’t have any National Championships. He finished second in three classes (A, B & C). More records came his way in this year however with the Mile Speed Record and the 5 Mile Competition Record in class B and the 5 Mile Competition record in Class A.

1938: Another National Championship (Chattanooga, TN) without a win… his best placing was a second in the A class. He was still winning a lot because he won the Colonal Green Round Hill Trophy as the 1938 Outboard High Point Winner. This was the year that considerable amount of time was spent developing the Eldredge X engine and testing the X class rig. The single record this year was the impressive X class 5 Mile Competition Record.

1939: While he placed third in Class B, Clint won the Outboard National Championships (Fort Worth, TX) in both class A and class F. The win in class F made Clint the first driver to win National Championships in each of the four major classes A, B, C & F. For the season, he was once again the winner of the Colonal Green Round Hill Trophy as the 1939 Outboard High Point Winner. As for records this year, Clint broke the 5 Mile Competition Record in class F and the class X Mile Speed Record (surpassing Bedford Davies class X Record).

1940: In his final year of racing, Clint won the Outboard National Championships (Worcester, MA) in class C, placed second in class B and fifth in class A. His final record was the 5 Mile Competition Record in class C.

The looming war put an early end to Clint’s racing career after the 1940 season. By July of 1941, he was in the Navy and assigned to Naval Intellegence. It was the end of a glorious racing career that he never returned to after the war.

When considering all of Clint’s accomplishments in Outboard Racing, when asked what was his most memorable race, he told me a story about one day in Red Bank, NJ. It was August 1938. In the pits, Clint’s equipment for the various classes that he raced was all ready to go, including his X class outfit. Clint’s X Class outfit featured the “Eldredge X” engine with an overdrive tractor lowerunit that allowed the use of his large selection of B Class propellers to work, all on the back of his light weight Jacoby C hydroplane.
That morning, word came from the other end of the pits that there was something wrong with Bedford Davies’ –Draper X engine. Upon hearing the news, Marshall Eldredge went down to lend a hand. Before long, everything was ready to go. Out of gratitude to Marshall (and in consideration of the fact that the wind was blowing and the water was rough), Bedford offered the rig to the veteran racer/ mechanic Marshall Eldredge. Marshall accepted the offer to drive Bedford’s X Class rig …. The stage was set for the fabled contest between the student (Clint Ferguson) and the master (Marshall Eldredge). The X Class was the only venue that would allow an amateur driver (Clint) and a professional driver (Marshall) to race against each other. Marshall Eldredge, in the Draper powered boat of Bedford Davies verses Clint Ferguson in his Eldredge powered Jacoby “C” class hydro. At the start, Clint took the lead with one of his typical great “inside lane” starts, while Marshall was back a little and on the outside. Into the wind they went on the way to the first turn with Marshall full throttle and riding the wheel. Marshall was now even with Clint as they entered the first turn, when Clint first noticed Marshall’s presents. The race was on! The two raced like that, side by side, lap after lap without either one giving in to the other. It was the first time that they had ever raced each other and it would be the last time that they ever raced against each other. This was a classic race that probably wasn’t recognized as such by the people on the beach at that time…. As they exited the final turn, Clint was able to gain a small advantage from his inside position and won the race over Marshall. With his effort, Clint broke the X class competition record averaging a blistering 61.392 MPH over the rough and windy Red Bank course. This speed was the highest competition record for ANY outboard powered boat and remained as such until the mid- 1950’s. Of all of the championships and records that Clint won, this race between he and Marshall stands out as the most memorable.

When I last spoke to Clint, he was unaware of the changes that had taken place in outboard racing since the “war years”. He was amazed that today’s A Hydro class (PRO250ccH) could travel double the speed that he once drove his KR Johnson powered A hydro! I told him that I too had won the Nationals in the A class hydro (PRO 250ccH) a few years ago… it had taken me 30 years to do it and then I had only done it once! I was in awe that I was sitting in front of a man who had won the APBA National Championships in A hydro four times (his first in his rookie year). In addition, he won B hydro twice, C hydro three times and F hydro once… and it only took him 8 years to do it all! He told me that the speeds today were terrific. I told him that today’s boats handled the speeds easily and I sincerely suggested that if he were 50 years younger, he would have no trouble racing in one of today’s boats. Many people were still kneeling down, throttle in their left hand and steering wheel in your right hand… that much hasn’t changed. Nor has the clock start changed or the run to the first turn… Back some 70 years ago, at the Outboard Nationals, Clint would cross the starting line and look to his right for Gar Wood Jr. as the boats in between fell behind them. As they approached the first turn it was just Clint and Gar Wood Jr. battling for the lead and the race was on….. Some things never seem to change. Oh, I told Clint that without a doubt he would be a champion today if he was able to race…. I still think that he is a true Champion today!

Ron Hill
01-25-2005, 06:13 PM

Thanks for posting, please continue...and often!!!

You didn't mention that Dick Fickett had passed away....I was selling him props and he mentioned he made gas tanks...next thing I know I've bought about 20. Everybody had a FICKETT TANK. I had Julian Wilke buy all of Fickett's 20ss stuff. Ficket was one of the first to "BLUE PRINT" those Yamato Model 80's...

He was a true crafts man. I'm sure he's resting in peace!!!

Ron Hill
01-26-2005, 06:54 PM

You ask "How do you remember things?" My question might be how do I forget things???

Jerry Gilbreath has built some of the most amazing boats I've ever seen. I wrote magazine articles about him....I asked Jerry how he built the things that he did? He answered that he just could see things in his mind and he'd build them. Sounded easy...

My mind is somewhat the same way. I just think about something and I can remember all the details. Sometimes, I can't recall them exactly. but a "MAKE IT UP" figuring that probably only Sam will ever reseach it and find out if I made it up...

Having taught school for 38 years, I also can hear too many things...My wife gets angry when we go in a restaurant and I'm listening to eveyone's conversations. I don't mean to do it...I just hear them and can focus on them...even when my wife is talking to me....

Someone can hand me a prop...and I can tell you the history of it...

Once Kim Howard brought an SJ wheel over and wanted it reworked....I looked at the prop and knew it was Jim Johnson's prop.... I called Jim and asked him why Kim Howard was bring his (Jim's) best prop over for rework????

As it turned out, Jim had "LOANED" his best wheel to Kim and Kim had wanted me to rework his wheel...not Jim's....

I guess, the reason I wanted this web page, was I don't want people to ever forget how we use to race....When I'm gone, I don't want the "KIDS" not to know what it was like back then...

I really don't forget much, except those two cans of Flat Black I was supposed to get for my wife today, at Home Depot.......(But I covered my butt, as I had some flat black on "MY" shelf....


My mom had four sisters. They didn't have TV, computers or radios...the sisters use to challenge each other with memorized Robert W. Service poems.... one poem of which was the Cremation of Sam McGee. My mom could recite that poem word for word....probably 2000 words...but then again, so can I. I can recite The Cremation of Sam McGee... Now Sam was from Tennessee where the cotten blooms and blows, why he left his home to roam around the pole only God knows for he was always cold....

Some poeple can play baseball...some can remember... I can remember!!!!

01-26-2005, 08:43 PM
Sam McGee (http://www.wordfocus.com/wordactcremation.html)

01-28-2005, 09:13 AM
I could have probably just named this post "Dean" and everyone would now who I meant.This legendary boat racer holds a special place in my thoughts of great boat racers.He was one of my hero's when I was growing up.Starting out in "Stock Outboard" at a very early age and progressing thru the ranks,to become one of the best "Unlimited" class racers of all times."Dean" as he's known by many racers,had a very long history in the sport.I'm starting out with a personal interview with Dean that was done by "Boatsport" magazine back in the 50's,when Dean was just a youngster.Then I have posted the biography on Dean that is part on his "Motorsports Hall Of Fame" induction.There are also two web sites I've posted were additional info on this famous racer can be viewed.This post is for you Dean, may you be resting in peace with all the other great legend's of the sport. Dean's picture courtesy of - http://www.lesliefield.com/Default.htm

01-28-2005, 09:22 AM
This article courtesy of "Boatsport" magazine web site and "Marvel Charaters Inc." http://boatsport.org/

01-28-2005, 09:30 AM
Page #2 - Sorry but this is the last page of this article I could post.The last page of the article was missing in the posted magazine.But still good stuff! Oh ya,did you notice everyone wanted to misspell Deans name with a "I" instead of "e".This went on for years!:rolleyes:

01-28-2005, 09:47 AM
Deans Bio - "Motorsports Hall Of Fame" <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="85%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD vAlign=top align=middle width="100%">
Dean Chenoweth

</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="85%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD vAlign=center align=middle width="33%">Inducted
1991 </TD><TD align=middle width="34%">http://mshf.com/images/chenwth.gif </TD><TD vAlign=center align=middle width="33%">Category
Power Boats </TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=3>
Dean Chenoweth drove Unlimited hydroplanes from 1968 until his death in 1982. Like few drivers before or since, Dean could guarantee results.

Known primarily for his championship exploits with Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team, Chenoweth won 25 Unlimited races. He captured the Crown Jewel of APBA competition, the Gold Cup, four times in 1970, 1973, 1980, and 1981. He also won four National High Point Championships and, in 1980, set a world lap speed record of 138.249 MPH on the Columbia River at Tri-Cities, Washington. Dean established a never-to-be equaled record of 20 consecutive heat victories at the first 5 races of 1980, driving the famed RollsRoyce Griffon-powered Miss Budweiser.

Dean had one of his best seasons in 1973. His chief rival was Pay 'n Pak, piloted by Mickey Remund. Chenoweth's boat was three years older and a thousand pounds heavier than Pay 'n Pak, but Dean was nevertheless able to achieve parity with the Pak. This was due to Chenoweth consistently securing the inside lane in heat confrontations.

Beyond doubt, Dean Chenoweth's finest hour as a race driver occurred on a cold, rainy, misty day on Seattle's Lake Washington in 1973. Visibility was terrible but water conditions were ideal. During the first heat of the World Championship, Miss Budweiser and Pay 'n Pak shared the same roostertail for five laps on a 3 mile course to become the first boats to average better than 120 MPH in heat competition.

Miss Budweiser and Chenoweth did 122.504, while Pay 'n Pak and Remund checked in at 120.697. The raw power and the competitive finesse of the two boats were positively awesome. This was what hydroplane racing was all about.

Despite being retired from the sport between 1974 and 1979, Chenoweth proved himself to be as competitive as ever in his later years.

Even in the last year of his life, Dean was nothing short of sensational. At season's end in 1981, Chenoweth had won six of eight races, including the Gold Cup in Seattle and the World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico. To do this, Dean had to outperform the legendary Bill Muncey, whose Atlas Van Lines hydroplane was considered "unbeatable". But when the roostertails subsided, Dean Chenoweth and Miss Budweiser were the undisputed champions.

Additional web sources for the history on "Dean".Enjoy!:) http://www.lesliefield.com/default_frame.htm http://www.russwicks.com/dean_chenoweth.htm

Ron Hill
01-31-2005, 07:32 PM
Let's see, Ron. Who did you talk to?? Well, I talked to Chris Bush, also known as J. Christian Bush. I talked to Marcel Belleville. And I talked to Greg Foster....and Jimbo McConnell.

I'm not sure I have to explain Greg Foster or Jimbo, but some may not know Marcel or Chris Bush...but, I'll fill you in!!!!

Chris reads us. He says the MOD VP pictures from 1983 are good, but he has stories in his head about 1984 that will "BLOW US" away...Bring 'em on...

But what Chris called me about was MOD VP's revival....stay tuned...I do need to make sure that everyone realizes that Chris Bush was unstopable in the Arcadian MOD VP...but where he really starred was in 2 liter Formula One...espcially at Bay City, in a Burgess. If you ever saw Chris Bush in a Burgess "HANGING IT OUT", you'd know few people, if any, in the world could do that...

Chris started out with Howard Pipkorn, running Howard's SE...First time Chris ran a KILO with the SE and my KILO wheel, he blew over...after a long phone conversation with me, a young Chris Bush told me he thought he understood why he blew over.

He hs promised to send or post "What We Need To Bring Back MOD VP". Please hurry Chris, as we have a sport to save...

Ron Hill
01-31-2005, 08:48 PM
Marcel moved to California about 1960. He had a bunch of boats and Konig motors. He spoke French and what he thought was English. He and Ted May became friends and Marcel seemed to not really work, but he had money to race.

He told me he had one eye from a Boat Racing accident. I asked what happened and he said, "He was at Valleyfield and when he went to blow in his Konig's fuel line, he blew in the wrong line, without the check valve and fuel blew back in his eye." He said, "It burned like hell, but he raced the heat any way. "That night he went to a Canadian Doctor and Socialized Medicine and got free eye drops... He put the eye drops in and they burned worse than the the alcohol/nitro fuel. But he assumed it was doing good...He lost the sight of his eye. When, the docotr looked at his medicine, they had given him anti snake venon or something, but it caused him to lose the sight in one eye...

With Socialized Medicine, he couldn't sue, so, he moved to California...He did say that when he put the medicine in his eye, he screamed like a Quincy 44...

Marcel bought a house and had me draw the plans for the garage...25 years later, he wanted me to revive the plans, I'd forgotten I'd drawn them. He ended up buying the house nexrt door. It was at those two house that Marcel built probably, more than 50 race boats, the most famous was the 8 V-6 Mercury powered Arcadian Unlimited owned by Jim Hauenstein...Of course, Marcel had to remove the wall of his garage to get the boat out..

Marcel built several winning boats for Fred Hauenstein.

Marcel built outboard and inboard boats. He promoted races and started the Orange County Outboard Club...

He once jumped the gun by a foot, then lapped the field. He argued that they should give him the win because he'd won by a lap...and what would a bout length matter??

Once a possum crossed the road, and Marcel yelled 'What that is, Ronnie?" I said a possum... Marcel said, "what that is?" I SAID, "A POSSUM MARCEL".

After yelling at each other for awhile, it dawned on me, that Marcel had no clue what a possum was....

We enjoyed each other's company for many years...then, he moved to Florida...He said he's just found my phone number, today, and called.

Maybe, I'll go to Ocohee and stay with Marcel....He invited me to stay as long as I wanted.

As Marcel use to tell Ted may when he ran Marcel's Konig's..."DON'T BACK OFF TED, DON'T BACK OFF" (Or those Konigs would load up)..

This is to you Marcel...Don't back off!!!!

02-02-2005, 05:40 AM
I got to meet Scott at his shop back in the late 80's when he was
running IOGP and went to a couple of races to watch them run.
First class driver.

Additional Text by Sam:
Thanks, Danny. Straightened it out

02-02-2005, 08:17 PM
I didn't see Dennis Cavanaugh's name on the list yet. [It is now! :)] We did a very special tribute to Dennis last year at BTTW "Balz to the Wall". He has always supported our event with prop seminars and prop testing. He would make up a truckload of props for us to go run the hell out of. Dennis started giving us a Lightning ET a couple years ago. It was auctioned and Dennis would make up a brand new prop in any size the winning bidder wanted. He would also custom lab it to work on the boat it was going on. Not taking anything away from Ron Hill here, he always sent a bunch for us to test with and then auction off for the charity. Ron, I know Dennis was competition for you but I know you two were always friends. Dennis would always come up to my truck at BTTW prop testing and say "Let me see what Ron is up to this year?" LOL, I would open my truck up and he would check those props and smile. Dennis was a great guy for the sport and a great friend. We made a commemorative plaque in honor of Dennis this last year. Actually we made two of them. One was given to Fred K and it now hangs in the lobby at Mercury racing. The other one got auctioned for over $300.00 and the proceeds went to the charity. Here are a couple of pics. When I gave the plaque to Fred, he said (quote) "I just wish you could give me Dennis back" (unquote) He then got a tear in his eye. It was quite touching and I am very proud that the plaque now hangs in the lobby at Mercury Racing.

He was born in 1945. Dennis worked at Mercury for 31 years from 1972 until he died in 2003. We are all gonna miss ya Dennis !!!!!!!! :(

02-02-2005, 08:18 PM
Of Dennis....... What a guy !!!!!!!

02-02-2005, 08:19 PM
That's Steve Anderson on the left, Thumper next, then me, (that makes up "The three Amigos") then Fred on the right.

02-02-2005, 08:21 PM
Here is a close up of the plaque.

02-02-2005, 08:24 PM
of the plaque........

02-02-2005, 08:27 PM
accepting it.........

Oh yea, by the way, we raised $21,200 last year for Alzheimer's Assoc. with about 40 boats at the event. Not too bad for a bunch of boat rac'in rummys haa?

Click here for details and some pictures of Balz to the Wall (BTTW) 2004. http://www.freewebs.com/balzy2/index.htm

Make sure you go to the "Proud Sponsors" Page. They deserve a lot of credit for the donations that made it possible for all the people that came to the event to make it possible for them to spend all their doe to make it possible for us to make a 20K+ donation to AD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

02-03-2005, 10:13 AM
How about Ted Greguc?

He won havasu and 1991 Mod-vp champ....... and a lot of other races..


Peter Crowley
02-04-2005, 04:22 AM
At that time, although the Europeons didn't think it was legal, those in the US had the advantage of racing for the US- or Canada or Mexico. But, as Dan Kirts discovered, you couldn't race for two DIFFERENT countries in two different classes! Let me explain. They only qualified 5 drivers for the "US Team" to race in the World Championships. That left out the rest of this huge country. It became "practice" to have the next batch of 5 drivers fill out the appropriate paperwork and race under the Canadian flag. The next 5 drivers would do the same with Mexico. We had "deck flags" and all..... In '93 in 250ccH (OA), I had a problem and placed 6th in qualifying. I signed all the CBF papers (and fees!) and raced for Canada. I was in the local newspaper because they couldn't figure out how I could be the US National Champion and NOT be on the US Team! I placed 3rd overall and was proud to be a Canadian!

Ron Hill
02-04-2005, 01:06 PM
I was asked how do I remember things, I guess, I don't want to forget. When I was a kid, one of the coolest D Hydros I ever saw was owned and driven by Kenny Pyle...It was a beautiful green "THING' with many very innovative designs...The boat didn't run too bad, but Kenny was new to the sport and even in the '50's Stock Motors were hard to make run....FAST...

It was only years later that I learned the Art Carlson had designed and built Kenny's boat....

Art built some of the prettiest boats I ever saw. His shop was off Harbor Blvd, and every day that I went to Orange Coast College, (2 years), I'd drive by them beauties and hang my head saying...someday...I'll have me one of COOL CARLSON'S, but I never did own one...

Art with Gary Ferguson's help, built the first enclosed cockpit tunnel..a twin engine Chrysler Outboard Drag boat...

In 1968...around, Art sold his business to Glastron, at a time when Glastron had bought the American Rigths to the single and twin Molinari. Glastron really bought Art's knowledge of light lay ups... Art did built some amazing Glastron/Monlinari tunnels...Reggie Fountain got his racing Stardom started ina Art Carlson (Molinari Twin)...

Glastron dropped the name Carlson and Art's contract ran out..or something, but Art ended up back in Garden Grove where he'd started and did custom tooling for many years. I went by there the other day to take pictures and found he was moving to Hemet...

So, getting into Art's... pictures will have to be another day...

Here's one of Art's boats..I think Art is at the wheel...From Powerboat Magazine 1968...

Ron Hill
02-04-2005, 01:13 PM
Bob has done some great design work, too... He is now designing jet boats for a company in North or Sourth Dakota...and has tdone a ton of dwsign work for Crownline....

But his best work has always been for me...

He painted cool flames on my niece and nephew's runabout, 1977....He designed t shirts for SCOA (Southern california Outboard Association)...

He designed my wife's Snapper Boat....

He built the Mini Tunnel called Bobcat, he's designed boat for the Japanese Gambing curcuit...

Here's a picture of Bob, April 17, 1977... Bob probably won't like the picture....but it is from my mom's scrapbook...(She dated everything).....You can just see Bob 56-C...an A Stock Hydro that was the best looking stock hydro every built.....If I'd only believed in ONE DESIGNS then, like I do now.....

Anyway, the Name Carlson in boat design.....is legendary in my book...

Ron Hill
02-04-2005, 01:16 PM
This is close to our T-Shirt design....


The Ultimate Resource for Boat Racing History

Ron Hill
02-04-2005, 01:26 PM
I'm not going to say the 8 Outboards was my idea....(There was an 8 Mercury Outboard Unlimited owned by Jim Hauenstein)....But I will say at the time Bob Carlson made this artist rendering, I had 22 V-6 Yamaha Powerheads.....

My dad had done some "Unofficial Work" for Yamaha and by sorting through "WARRANTEE STUFF" we managed to built quite a warehouse od V-6 Yamaha 's for MOD VP......

Of course, once they went to Stock Blocks in MOD VP, we sure had a lot of powerheads to sell!!!

Ron Hill
02-04-2005, 01:43 PM
I may have spelled that wrong...as Tom's name was pronounced GOULDSTONE...

No matter...I' knew Tom from 1950, until he passed away a few years ago...

On the way to Salton Sea, 1950, Tom and Bob Maravick got into a bad car accident at Whitewater, near Palm Springs... At first Tom was expected to live....as he'd had a very bad head injury...

As he recovered, we alrealized that Tom was a crazy as he was before he had the ehad injury...So, we figured he didn't have any permanent brain power loss...

Tom had raced BU with a KG-&...If you llok at the picture the Bob Carlson just made for BRF, the little 19-C runabout is a DeSilva, with a KG-7, just like Tom raced...I think he always called his boat Tom Too!!!! But won't bet on it...

Tom, John Drake and my brother were great friends in the 50's....John's dad had helped Lee Wallard win the Indy 500, in 1951 and as a result, John ended up with a KG-7 race motor and about 200 cases of Bardahl....

John use to pour Bardahl in the cyclinders of his KG-7, then put the plugs in and tell Tom that he'd "Hopped" the "SUCKER" up...One time, Tom pulled so hard on the rewind, he bent one of John's rods...

My brother, John and Tom would cruise the old drive-ins....They's sit there and drink their malts and John would get out and pour about a quart of Bardahl down the carb....When John would start the car, Tom would act like he was lighting his CIGAR on the exhasut...then, the next thing you'd know, that Bardahl would start smoking and sometimes you couldn't see a thing in the drive-in for about 15 minutes....Now days,if they had drive-ins, I'm sure there'd be a lwa against it...

Tom was my brother's number "PIT CREW" for many years, even when Tom raced BOutboard (ALKY BURNING) Hydros...

Here's Tom wearing his helmet, helping my brother start his C Racing Hydro..an Evinrude, six Stud, 60-42 motor... at DeAnza Cove, 1952....

Oldalky's dad raced that day and the car racer Hap Sharp won!!!!!

Ron Hill
02-04-2005, 01:52 PM
John quit Outboards first, when he built the Drake Jet and he raced with Bob Leach, of Eliminator Boats, in Marathons...and Offshore.

My brother took to being an Official... and Tom moved up North to Region 11..

He got heavy into 20SS Runabout, where he ran a prop that I'd made for my Nephew, Bunker Hill, Tom would call and send pictures, frequently..saying, "He's won another with the Bunker Hill Wheel"...

Tom started his wife in Mini Gran Prix where they built their own Gran Prix boat....Barabara was quite successful in Mini Gran Prix. Tom went on the race F Runabout where he won the APBA NATIONALS at Depue....

Tom and Barbara had sort of retired an moved to reno. It was shortly after moving there that Tom passed away with heart failure...

Tom was always a BOAT RACER, he had more excitement for the sport than I....Some of my fondest memories as a kid was hanging out with my BIG Brother, Tom Gouldstone and John Drake...Oh, those chocolate shakes were good, even though the BIG guys always ate my cherry that was on top and they'd make me get down in the back seat when "WOMEN" came near the car....

Here is one of the many pictures Tom sent me...20SS Runabout, DeSilva, Yamato 80, Bunker Hill Prop....

02-04-2005, 03:21 PM
Reggie Fountain
Bill Wishnick
Doc Magoon
Chuck Muncie
Sandy Satula
Bill Gazelle
Pepe Nunez
Bill Chatim

Jeff Akers
02-04-2005, 04:39 PM
When I was a Kid ,Tom ran out of the J&G marine shop in Napa, CA. He always had the best looking runabouts I"ve ever seen. I would ride my bike across town just to look at his boats. later on he was very helpfull with geting my brother invalved in boatracing. "Will" (my brother) still caries a picture of him and Tom in an F runabout in his wallet. I never was that close to Tom but allways looked up to him. He sold me a Yamato 80 back when they cost $500, :cool: Can't remember what year that was. My brother has told me many good stories about traveling to and from the races with Tom. ( I heard he gave waitresses HELL but allways tiped WELL:D )

I never saw anyone ROLL UP a Runabout as well as Tom did He was a MASTER at that!!!! :cool: :D

Jeff Lytle
02-04-2005, 08:49 PM
At that time, although the Europeons didn't think it was legal, those in the US had the advantage of racing for the US- or Canada or Mexico. But, as Dan Kirts discovered, you couldn't race for two DIFFERENT countries in two different classes! Let me explain. They only qualified 5 drivers for the "US Team" to race in the World Championships. That left out the rest of this huge country. It became "practice" to have the next batch of 5 drivers fill out the appropriate paperwork and race under the Canadian flag. The next 5 drivers would do the same with Mexico. We had "deck flags" and all..... In '93 in 250ccH (OA), I had a problem and placed 6th in qualifying. I signed all the CBF papers (and fees!) and raced for Canada. I was in the local newspaper because they couldn't figure out how I could be the US National Champion and NOT be on the US Team! I placed 3rd overall and was proud to be a Canadian!

Now that's what I like to see!! Hellish Winters though......... :eek:

Jeff Akers
02-05-2005, 01:00 PM
The memoreis I have, are of Tom going into the turn and rollin up so far you could see both of his SNEEKERS:eek: :D . Hopefuly Ron Hill may have a picture of it? I havent seen anyone in recent years doing that . But I may not be going to enough races ether :o .........

02-05-2005, 09:50 PM
Oh heck i can't find de simble fer dat,but dat is much as such,that man said the truth.

I don't think i have to splain to anyone 40 - but i can tell ya things bout supercalifragisticexpealadosious an de day it ceased not to be at LONG Beach Marine Stadium. Was an SK flat , it was gone as if was a Krr like Hobbit or Cold Fire even, oh heck gotta break an take my heart meds.An get a glass full.
Seen Ya wa'll' go.

02-06-2005, 01:17 AM
I think Iv'e just made my 05 r's'tions, i think i may not be a wanatabee? that sounds like that u.n. guy.

Old fella i know called me that once,i walked away an i said self,,, he's so rite.

SeenYa While ago, puctuation ain' my game, but i'm go'ne practice on that a bit too.

Ron Hill
02-06-2005, 04:41 PM
It is funny to me, that as a KID, I went along with just about everyone else, calling 36 Runabout the JU for adults...I raced the class several times, but only because it was a "FREE RIDE"....

Somewhere I know there are 36 Racers looking down on us saying,
Galldang, why has taken you guys so long to realize 36 was a GREAT CLASS."

I want to list a few of the guy and Gals that ran 36 out here..

Marge McKinny
Danny Schwarzenback, The Bandit
Mike Wetmore, Rinso Blue
Lane Curry
Don "BOASTING" Boster, Hawg Dawg
Carl Myer's brother, Turtle Express
Horace "HORSE" Chambers
Tito "THE CHIEF" Smith
Brooks from Needles...
Ken Scoville, Sr.
Pete Delackner
Nick Fennesey
Rod Zapf
Alan Sutfin Sr.

The above are all west Coast guys...

I remember Stan Fitts
Ron Rake
John Finn and others....racing 36...

Not a "HUGE" list, but a list of hard workers for our FAMILY CLUB, many of whom quit when 36 was dropped from APBA...

Here was a class that had cheap motors, slow speeds and great competition..
Danny Schwarzenbach once built himself a new runabout on the floor of his garage, then went on to win the Nationals in it..

If I were in charge, 36 would come back....

02-06-2005, 08:11 PM
George Scudder:

George was Class 36 National Champion 1963. He started racing Harley Davidsons, moved to boats in the early '50s in "C" modified runabouts. Moved to 36 runabout in the mid 50's. retired after 1975.

Miss BK
02-18-2005, 09:52 PM
Fred and his wife, Diane, have been married for a long time, but it seems they are still very close. At San Diego, every year, Bowden Development...throws a Pit Party...and everyone is invited....and I mean everyone...
......The Bowden's are very active in ChampBoat Racing today and they plan to stay. Boat racing is lucky to have "THOSE TYPE" of people...

Thanks, Fred!!!!!

The Bowden San Diego Pit Party: 2003

Thanks for a fantastic time, Fred and Diane!

Miss BK
02-18-2005, 10:00 PM
And there's no telling who you'll run into at Bowden's pit party either ---

Recognize this guy, Ron?

Ron Hill
02-19-2005, 01:30 PM
MISS BK, you are asking me if I can recognize Jimmy Harris???

When I get some time, maybe today after Water Polo...I'll tell a few Jimmy Harris Stories....

A quick one though...He went up to Walker Lake and won MOD VP with my Yamaha and a Lavey....that I think had been Chuck Youngers Lavey....

Anyway, that was when you had to run "Stock" heads on the Yamaha and OMC's but Merc could run Racing Heads...

Henry Wagner was Inspecting, when Jimmy came in, Henry asked Jim if that was the Russ Hill Motor he ran at Havasu? Jim said, "Yes." Henry passed him. What he didn't ask Jimmy was or what he should have asked, "Have you done anything to the motor since you got it from OLD MAN HILL?" Because, Jimmy wouldn't have lied.....

But, he had changed the heads to .100 off, which warmed that Yamaha up a lot....

Jimmy Harris started "Hanging Around" my shop and some how he ended up with a Sleek Craft MOD VP that Travis Champman had owned...He was "for Sure" a want a be racer...Brian Daley and Jim "Hooked Up" and "Harris" as we called him, drove Daley's trucks to the races and crewed...

Harris was "THE WILD MAN OF THE RIVER" to my kids...He had a house in Havasu, he rented it to Snow Birds in the winter but partied there all summer...

One night I'm working at a school dance and this good looking young teacher tells me she's dating a "BOAT RACER"...I go like, "SURE, who?" She says Jimmy Harris... So, the dance ends and I'm doing "PARKING LOT DUTY" and this new Cad pulls up...I check it out and it's my banker friend....I like say, "Hey, what are you doing here?" He says, "Oh, I've got a date after the dance." This teacher who has just told me she'd dating Jim Harris, comes up and gets in the Cad...

Two months later, we're at Parker and my banker is there and Jimmy is running my MOD VP....And I see the teacher....I just go "OH S*&Tand kept my head down." Truth was the banker and Jimmy were quite DIFFERENT (DUH!!!)...

To end this story, she quit teaching and went into real estate....and her first big sale was to a guy she'd met at the boat races...Bob Leach.....Mr. Eliminator Boats...She married my banker...and lives only a few miles from here ..in Newport...

Harris is still SINGLE...I think...

At parker that year, Harris Co-Drove with Bill Olsen...Ed Oslen, of Cream Puff, Sk, Fame's son...They ran really well for five hours then a piston broke...We pulled the head, in the pits, and the manifold, pulled the rod and what was left of the piston out, bolted her back together, pulled number six plug wire and Harris and Bill finished somewhere in the money in MOD VP...on five cyclinders.

We got home and I called Ted Zahorski at yamaha and told him we'd run like "JACK THE BEAR" for five hours, then broke a piston. I asked him why we'd broken a piston. He suggested we had too much clearance. So, I had my dad mic the hole and sure enough, she was .030......of course, we'd had a STANDARD piston in the hole...

Ted, with Yamaha's permission, had given me a lot of parts. Like my dad said, "Hell, the block looked new, who would think just one hole would be .030??"

So, that mother had run, test time and five hours of racing with a very LOOSE piston...Funny, we just honed it, made Ted get a FREE .030 piston and put it back together...this was the same engine Harris won Walker with...

I've forgotten which winter, but Howrad Pipcorn stayed out here all winter and we discussed boats, life and business. I BEGGED Howard to build a 26 Foot Deep Vee for a sterndrive, but he wanted to build the HST....He begged me to go into business with him in a company he wanted to start called "MAXIMUM EFFORT"...as, at the time Gary Garbrecht has "Second Effort"...Howard wanted MAXIMUM EFFORT to be an all out Outboard Effort...

Howard built the HST, and he gave me two boats. John Castelli still has one, and Harris had the other...Harris was always a CRAZY SOB...and no one took him serious as a racer, but really, he had that Hydro Stream HST HUMMING with the Yamaha..He actually led Havasu with it..and ran third, I think at Puddingstone IOGP....

But after Puddingstone, we pulled the motor off his HST, and it fell FLAT ON THE SIDEWALK...SHE WAS DONE...WE PICKED HER UP WITH A FORK LIFT AND LOADED HER INTO A DUMPSTER...She was just tool light..lucky, Harris didn't get hurt in her...

Haven't seen Harris for awhile, Chad sees him...I know if I needed something, I could call Harris and all I'd have to do would be ask...

Hey, Jimmy...How's Gino, Clark Hills and the rest of your buds???

So, MISS BK, do I know who's in he picture?? Yes, It's HARRIS!!!

02-21-2005, 12:48 PM
Here's the Tim Butts Aerowing article from Powerboat Magazine in 1977

02-21-2005, 12:48 PM
The text:

02-21-2005, 12:49 PM
page 2

02-21-2005, 12:54 PM
Last page

02-21-2005, 01:33 PM
Great stuff there Sam! Thanks.

Keep this stuff up and I'm gonna go buy back my C mod Aerowing.

In the picture of the boat upside down, you can sure see the trademark Aerowing double S bottom and the afterplanes.

02-21-2005, 03:08 PM
Hey Dave,

Why buy it back, I can build you a new one. I spent the day with Dave Rawson (CDN) last weekend and we redesigned Ian Thorpes's Super "c" boat into a DSH I have since redrawn it to a 25SSH boat. We lightened all that we could but kept the structural compenents as were.

Dave ordered a boat from Timmy in 75 or 6 and basically redesigne the whole boat, the first one spent 3 days in the Ottawa, Ont NRC Wind Tunnel, David had only paid for three hours testing but the technicians were overwhelmed they just kept testing it. In 1983 when David quite racing the top 5 alky boats in Canada were Rawson Crafts and although retired for that length of time he still gets boat building requests. They were like furniture when they were finished.

The thorpe boat that I own was finished with 27 coats of varnish all hand rubbed. When I redecked it two years ago there were zero loose joints I said zero and it was built in 79 and raced hard by several owners.

I have to build a DSH RawsonCraft for a friend when I return from Florida. I will be posting pictures as I go.


02-21-2005, 03:12 PM
Originally posted by Merc66G:

My Dad Mike Franck 67G and Grandpa Stan Dotseth G99 Raced against or watched Mr.Pond race during the 50's and 60's. They have both told me he was the best driver they ever saw get into a boat. Recently I got a copy of the 1961 World Championships, on that DVD is one of the best races i've ever seen it was between Mr.Pond and Mr.Seebold in B hydro. One word describes it AWESOME! Mr.Pond came out on top.

Ron Hill
02-21-2005, 06:52 PM
I personally, don't have a lot of info on Rich or Paul...but I will say that Rich Fuchslin has to go down in history as one of the greatest F Runabout Racers in the History of the sport...The only reason I'm not saying the greatest, as his son Paul may out down him....(Statistically, he already may have, but in my mind, Rich is still the best)...

Rich was Fred Hauenstein's roommate in College. When Rich ran F Runabout he had a deck ride named MARBLE...Other than the fact he had a very fast F Runabout,97 MPG KILO RECORD when the class was 60 cubic inches, and that they have always been a very friendly family that have always worked hard to help boat racing servive...

I just ran across this article in Powerboat Magaizne, 1968....

Maybe, someone like Joe Johnson...or Rich himself could fill us in on some details!!!!

Ron Hill
02-21-2005, 07:06 PM
Once at Bakersfield, we had about 12 F Runabouts, like usual, actually, as the D Runabout guys had been stepping up to F, we had a full field every race..especially since people realized you could race "PIGGY BACK" and not side by side in F Runabout (Ernie Dawe and I were the first to ever race F Runabout "Piggy Back"...we only did it once...scared us enough...) And then some guys like Fuchslin, Davenport, Soto, Hauenstein...Bartolmei, bought 44 Quincy's to run F Runabout and they really "ROCKED THE LAKE" and put on a great show, as those old Quincy Cross Flows would run like forever, really...and they were all close to the same speed.

Anyway, with two in the back of a DeSliva the *** end sat low, unless you were hauling the mail...I can't recall who clipped Fuchslin's bow, as the field was heading for the starting line, someone changed lanes, and cut right in front of Rich, the way it happened, the lead boat didn't feel a thing, but it spun Rich's F around like a top, as soon as it was backwards, the water went on top of the decks, on both sides of the transom, the the boat went down like a submarine.......The boat just went nose up and Rich and Marble were standing up in the cockpit, Marble taps Rich on the shoulder as if to say "WELL?". Rich just looks at Marble and signals to get out with his thumb...

I cracked up at the time...it could have been a bad accident, but the way it came down, it was quite funny....

This is Rich's LOOPER "D"...

Jeff Lytle
02-22-2005, 07:51 PM
Here's the Tim Butts Aerowing article from Powerboat Magazine in 1977

Thanks for posting that Sam. I had that copy of Powerboat for years and must have read and reread that article hundreds of times.

There was some great stuff in Powerboat back then.......I looked at the latest issue tonight at Chapters. Great Mag if you're into offshore, and not much else.

Master Oil Racing Team
02-23-2005, 05:28 AM
There was some great stuff in Powerboat back then.[/QUOTE]

Jeff--I didn't remember that article and I still have some magazines from those days. Since I started racing in 1966 I didn't know those guys then
I guess I forgot. Also have some Hot Boat magazines from 1965

Ron Hill
02-24-2005, 08:45 PM
Wayne Baldwin posted this picture of Ted May...When I have a week, I'll write THE TED MAY Story...for now, suffice to say, TED MAY was a LEGEND in our sport bigger than life.....Everyone in Region 12 loved the man!!!!


Master Oil Racing Team
02-25-2005, 12:22 PM
I have tons of photos of Dieter. I'll start with some at his factory since I suspect most racers haven't seen it in person or photos,(except of the front which was in a sales pamphlet).

Mike Schmidt
02-28-2005, 03:45 PM
Wayne, it is great having you share your stories and photos with us. Couple of things I would like to hear about:

Your dad. Tell us about him.

Jack Chance, sound like one hell of a mechanic. Any relation to Tim Chance?

More shots of the Konig factory, with sub titles...I have heard / read stories for the last 30 something years and would like to tie faces to names.

Last, thing, come to Depue this year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael D-1

Master Oil Racing Team
02-28-2005, 06:13 PM
Mike- I have enough photos and stories to make a job out of this. Unfortunately, the oilfield calls frequently, so its going to take some time. I will have some stuff about my dad and Jack later. I just moved my scanner to the new boat racing room to a computer that will allow me to do more with the photos. I tried to identify what was in the photos at Dieter's but I gave up after and hour. In No. 1 L-R Baldy Baldwin, Jack Chance, Dieter Konig No2 Dieter testing a motor in the dyno room. I don't remember which came next, but one is at Karlshaven W. Germany with Hans Krage and Dieter, and the other is Walt Blankenstein and Dieter at the factory. The final photo was on a boat that Dieter chartered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Konig Motorenbau Kmbh. It was on a lake in West Berlin. Debbie and I were on our honeymoon then. She is a the far left and the other couple greeting Dieter were friends we stayed with at Berlin.

Jack and Tim are not related. I am new here so I don't know if he is a member. If not, he needs to be. He has a lot of good stuff to offer.

Jeff Akers
03-02-2005, 01:31 PM
My dad started racing while in the NAVY, a friend of his got him hooked. He got his first rig in 1955 from Frank Miller Outboards in San Francisco, CA.

He was able to set the A stock hydro 1/2 mile record in only his second season of racing :cool: That allways put him in the HERO catigory in my eyes.

Pic from 1955

Jeff Akers
03-02-2005, 01:36 PM
some early pics, some from Bakersfield divisionals
First Place

Jeff Akers
03-02-2005, 01:40 PM
Testing without a HELMET :eek:

Jeff Akers
03-02-2005, 01:56 PM
In his 13 years of boat racing I'm sure this was one of the low points.
He says he's not proud of this insident but I'm posting it anyway :p

Dad said Al hit him and never saw it coming. I gues my dad had got his orders from the NAVY to ship out the next day.
Al never forgave him for not geting to the Hospitle to see him. They both would race again!
Al took the A stock record away from my Dad the next Year.

Jeff Akers
03-02-2005, 01:58 PM
Other clip

Jeff Akers
03-02-2005, 02:04 PM
My Dad may not be a well known name on this list, but to his two sons he's definitly a" Who's Who" :cool: :D

A boat he made in 1964

Ron Hill
03-02-2005, 03:18 PM
That picture with 23-C, is that Lake Mead, 1956 Divisionals...??

Accidents happened then, at 50 MPH...Which boat was Al's?

Some excellent old pictures...

Jeff Akers
03-02-2005, 03:41 PM
That picture with 23-C, is that Lake Mead, 1956 Divisionals...??

Accidents happened then, at 50 MPH...Which boat was Al's?

Some excellent old pictures...

Not sure of the year Ron, Dads eyes were pretty bad when I asked about all the pics. (Had surgery on them since :) I'll have to ask :confused:

Which boat's Al's?
I think thats Al going under my dad. My dad was on the bouy line and Al came from his outside kinda squared the corner?

Two diffirent lines, both rong??????

Ron Hill
03-02-2005, 04:29 PM
In my "DRIVING SCHOOL", I think I cover passing in Lesson #5...Never pass to the inside....NEVER!

I'm betting it is 1956...as we waited at Lake Mead, Friday, Sturday and Sunday for the water to calm..it was noted that every morning from daylight until 9 she was Flat...So, Monday morning, we started with AU first...I led into the first turn and there were like 6 bouys..I slowed to count them, as my dad had said, "If you don't win the Divisionals, we aren't going to Cambridge." I found all the bouys...

But the weather in August is ALWAYS hot and dry...that was the last outboard race there until, PROP TOUR'S 1996 race...I told Garbrecht, "We ain't raced here since 1956...She was too rough then and she's too rough now."

I had both my eyes done...I can see like the wind...a desert sand storm wind!

03-02-2005, 07:58 PM
I dont think that it matters on this site [ from what I have seen ] If you were well known or not , Its just about the love for boatracing. When we retire { big name or little guy] we are all equels at that point and all we have left is the storys and pictures and the love .

Jeff Akers
03-03-2005, 08:37 AM
I dont think that it matters on this site [ from what I have seen ] If you were well known or not , Its just about the love for boatracing. When we retire { big name or little guy] we are all equels at that point and all we have left is the storys and pictures and the love .

Thats what I thought too ! :cool:

Michael J Gwaltney
03-04-2005, 08:20 AM
Kenny Soller worked on OMC Race Team 1968-74. Probably the fastest working mechanic I have known.

He changed a broken carburetor minutes before the start of the Paris Race on Alan Yaw's/Johnson entry. Johnnie Sanders went on to win the race.

Kenny died in April, 2004 from an inoperable brain tumor. Michael J Gwaltney

Master Oil Racing Team
03-12-2005, 09:03 AM

The other day you said you used to pit for Rick Clawson. Can you find him? Always liked him.

Master Oil Racing Team
03-14-2005, 12:11 PM
Welcome Clayton....T-30

03-14-2005, 06:44 PM
harold & lynn simburger. and don clark should be on the list also. at least i think so. mike

03-14-2005, 07:18 PM
They do belong on the list. Fill us in on the details of why they belong on the list. What classes did they run, where and when did they race?

03-15-2005, 09:04 AM
Wayne, I haven't seen or heard from/of Rick in about 20 years. Last news I had of him was a picture in a magazine of his boat with a new sponsor. Tried digging it up last night with no success, but I'm pretty sure it's in the house somewhere.


Ron Hill
03-17-2005, 08:41 PM
This should go under "Bakersfield Memories" but I wanted to keep it with TED MAY Stories...

Seems it was the fall of 1963, we'd been to Boston to the Nationals, the Colorado River Marathon was over...about late September or early October it was an LASA race at Bakersfield. (LASA was the Los Angeles Speedboat Club) of which Gloria and Ken Steelman were the heads....

My folks decided not to go, so I went on my own. As usual, I didn't have any money, so Ted said I could stay with him. Doc Collins took us to dinner and as I recall, I'd never had Osysters on the half shell...but seems I ate about a dozen or more. Doc was always a great host when it came to eating or drinking....and I, in my youth, didn't want to let him down...

Sunday morning as we we heading for Lake Ming...Ted was wearing shorts and his Skin Diver booties...I was barefoot in cut off Levi's... We were driving Ted's 55 T-Bird... just before we got to the turn off for Ming, we ran over a rattle snake in the road.

I looked back and told Ted, "We didn't kill it, we'd better go back and kill him." Ted said, "WHY?".... I said, "Man, they are dangerous when they are hurt...".

So, Ted turns the Bird around and we stop on top of the snake...Ted BURNS out and the snake goes *** over teakettle....but he wiggles off... I say, "We didn't kill him..."

This snakes keeps wiggling up the hill and we keep running over him and peeling out... Sum bitch doesn't die...Bleeding like hell...

Ted an d I get out of the T-Bird, by now we are on top of one of those stupid hills by Lake Ming...we start to grab a rock.... then I say, "Wait, he may have brothers around here..."... So, Ted's gets this big rock in his hand and I'm walking backwards, looking for snakes, with my hands in his back pockets...so no snakes will get us...Ted smashes the snakes head...we haul out for the T-bird. we go down the hill about a hundred...

We get to the pits, everyone wants to know what hell were we doing on top of that stupid hill....we say, "Killing snakes"....

Ron Hill
03-17-2005, 08:52 PM
Ernie and Me are over to Ted's one night. Ted had just rebuilt his 44 Merc with Quincy stacks...So, after he gets her put together, he fires her up.....Of course this is a nice QUIET neighborhood....and of course Ted runs her for about 20 minutes until the COPS show up...

After the COPS leave, Teds says watch this. He (Don't try this at home, please!!!)...brings out this big balloon and he fills it with welding gas..he ties a string on the balloon that is about three feet long and at the end of the string, he masking tapes a Cherry bomb to a cigarette... He lights the cigarette and lets the balloon go...about 30 seconds later, the Cherry Bomb goes off and it lights the welding gas and the sky is a complete ball of fire...

Some Cops come by and ask if we saw an plane crash?

Ted never grew up!!!

03-18-2005, 10:09 PM
I added Otto Crocker's name to the list. For those who don't know, Otto built the timing equipment used for straightaway records. How many lives has he touched with that work?

Ron Hill
03-24-2005, 09:11 PM
Paul Drake, Ted May and myself are driving my new 1968 Chevy wagon to Miami for the Miami Marine Stadium 225, July 1969.. We're pulling Ted new hydro. I had a new Sea Jay but OMC was bringing it to the race.

I had the 350 High Performance engine and Ted was driving across Texas... The Local Cop pulled us over..when he looked at his radar gun it said, "110." The cop looked my wagon over with the boat on the back and said, "That Chev A Lay won't go a hundred ten pulling a boat..." I said said, "No sir...that radar must have messed up." The Cop says, "You boys be careful here?" Radar was new, and I think the Cop really believed we weren't going 110...and he didn't want to go and explain himself to the judge... Whatever, we were going 110, but we didn't get a ticket...

Another quick story:

We're going to Vallejo to race, I'm going with Ernie Dawe and his dad, Ted is taking Jimbo... California Highway Patrol love trailers, because the speed limit is 55 with a boat, even today... It is 2 o'colck in the morning. Ted is sleeping, Jimbo is driving. Cop pulls Jimbo over...Ted wakes up and starts yelling at the COP, he says that GOD D*&^ It, I was watching the speedometer and it never went over 55. The cop said, "Sir, you are right. He just went through that stop SIGN back there at 55."...

Ted went back to sleep. Jimbo got the ticket...

04-01-2005, 06:51 PM
Ron, after hearing your story on Ted driving to the boat races, I recalled this old story that was in the MODIFIED publication. This took place in Mexico, December 8 & 9, 1962. I would have liked to have heard the story Ted is putting on the Rear Admiral of the Mexican Navy in the picture below. Thought that you might enjoy the article. Another Ted May story to follow.... :)

Ron Hill
04-02-2005, 11:26 AM
Ted May and Gene Maynard went to this race In Mexico, in Ted's 55 T-Bird. Ted pulled a triple deck trailer with that T-Bird, when he bought a Ford truck, the Bird had more than 200,000 miles...Gene raced DU, and lived here in Costa Mesa, two blocks from where I live, now.

Ted, looks so young in that one picture. Ted was SoCal's Racing STAR. Everyone loved Ted and Ted's stories. Like I said before, he went to more of my high school football games and practices than my dad. He was more of kid, than us kids...

He thought he'd won MILLIONS in MEXICO but when he cashed in the pesos, he didn't get much. Even though Ted always liked to race for money, I know he raced hundreds of heats for a small trophy. He was always very proud of his George Townsend Medal for most points in Alky (PRO) APBA...

Ted did have a temper and once it went off, usually, it would take several hours or a day, sometimes two days, for him to cool off.

His brother had been murdered by some guys that had followed his brother home from a bar, and as a result Ted never really drank....and if he'd have a beer or two, you couldn't tell if he was playing or was "DRUNK as a SKUNK"... I always felt he could hold his liquor...but maybe he wasn't acting...

He always called us "YOUNG GUYS" WINOS when we'd drink beer....Ted would usually keep an eye open for all us "YOUNG GUYS" when we were having a few beers...He was like a "Designated Driver" before there was such a thing...And he'd usully buy more than his share of beers.

One Wednesday or Thursday night, in 1968, we were heading to Parker. Ted, my fraternity brother Smitty, Jimmy Hauenstein and me...As we were leaving Indio, I bought a case of Coors. Ted said, "You Winos can drink, I'll drive". I had a '68 Chevy wagon with the High Performance 350. Ted just floors it, like it was his T-Bird and we roll up that hill out of Indio going about a hundred...

There are no cars on the road, and when we hit the top of the hill, Ted keeps her floored and we're going down hill at about 125 MPH. (Flat desert road). All of a sudden we catch up with a car, Ted "FLYS" around the guy who is going may 50, as we flash past I realize it is a CHP California Highway Patrol) ......The COP must have figured we'd crash somewhere down the road, then he wouldn't have to chase us.....but he never even turned on his lights, Ted never let up....the headlights just seemed to back up and disappear over the horizon....

I told Ted, "Damn, the cop ain't chasing us...slow down so we can drink our beer with being scared to death..."

04-03-2005, 08:02 AM
Gene East was kind enough to provde this:

"Dub" Parker was from Gadsen, Alabama.
His name was initialized, W. J. hence the nickname "Dub".
He was a force to reckon with in A&B runabouts and hydros. He also did quite well in C hydro.

Primarily "Dub", ran Konigs, however we {Quincy Welding} did build him an "A" Looper and possibly a "B".

"Dub" built his own hydros and sold a few under the name "Dubinski". They were a step bottom and looked like a "Hedland" running very high. I always thought they were going to blow over!

I believe "Dub" died in a private plane crash in the 70's.

Thanks, Gene!:)

Ron Hill
04-07-2005, 12:02 PM
I heard, today, theat Don Roseberry isn't doing too well. He and his late wfie, Donna, raced A Hydro and Mini Gran Prix. If he didn't live in York PA, his niece, Beverly Oller did. (An she was the cutest girl at the BOSTON and Beaver Nationals, graduated from Old Mississippi)...

Don raced A Hydro in the KG-4 era, when winning was close to impossible, becasue there were so many great guys running A Hydro.

Don's success came in OPC, in Mini Gran Prix, where, I know he was inducted into the Hall of Champions more than once...

Don would be a perfect candidate for an APBA LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, as I remember him from the Gunterville Days. HE supported APBA, and was an OPC Commissioner for many years.

Hang tough, DON, you have many friends in Boat Racing.....

Don and Donna Roseberry are for sure, Who's Who in Boat Racing.

04-07-2005, 02:07 PM
I just spoke to Don and he is currently living with his daughter in York, PA. I met Don and his wife Donna while on the OPC Commission. Both Don and Donna raced Mini Gran Prix and their Save-A-Buck racing team won several championships. We could always count on Don to show up at the Nationals with one or two boats. When the Mini-jets came out Don was one of the first to start racing them and probably the first to add a driver cage.

Don and Donna symbolized what APBA is all about. Always willing to help a fellow competitor and never a negative word, win or loose.

We lost Donna about a year ago.

I agree Don would be an excellent candidate for the APBA LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

Don is hanging in there, and yes, he does have many friends in Boat Racing.

Ron Hill
04-07-2005, 08:54 PM
I've been working on D props off and on all week...When I think of D props, I think of Jimmy Dawe...

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher went on a Christmas Vacation, she went through Needles, and bought gas at the Needles Chevron. While in the station she saw some boats like she knew I raced. She talked to Jimmy Dawe and he told her I was going to be a great driver someday.

She sent my family a Christmas card and told me she'd remember me when I was famous, because Jimmy Dawe, from Needles, had told her I'd be famous.

The funny part was, I hadn't met Jimmy yet. We didn't meet until June of that year at the Regionals in San Diego. Jimmy had an OLD DeSilva runabout (AU), I had an OLD Terrill (AU). We had the same qualifying heats and we needed a sixth to make the finals. Jimmy and I raced our butts off to get a sixth. We split heats with a sixth and fifth each. We made the finals and ran about 8th and 9th....but we raced and raced hard...

I was 11 (My dad had lied that I was 12, Jimmy was 19)....I got a new AU and things started looking up. Jimmy kind of quit racing and his brother Ernie started racing AU and BU.

The next Easter Vacation, my brother, Ellis Terrill and I went to Needles to camp out and play with an old DU. It was cold as hell and Ellis and I were playing F Runabout, hauling *** into the wind, (KG-9 club foot) and the motor came loose from the transom and I rolled the mother...

So, after we got the boat and motor out of the river..(The steering cables held the motor on the boat), we just could not get it to run again....My brother was convinced he'd put the gears (KG-9's had a gear drive mag) back in right, but the motor just back fired like hell. So, we hauled out for the Dawe's Chevron station.

Jimmy told us we could use the garage, as it was windy as only Needles can get and colder than it should ever be on the desert...Jimmy had a new '57 Chevy, red and white all tuck and rolled...(283 dual four barrels)... and his buddy, Dave Daniel, had a baby blue '57. Between Jimmy and Dave, I was real jealous. I was 13, but I knew what COOL WAS and THEY WAS COOL!!! Jimmy was dark and handsome, Dave was a blond and handsome. The two of them had WAY TOO MANY WOMEN.

We never did that DAMN KG-9 running so, we went home on Tuesday....On the way home we talked about what a handsome guy Jimmy really was....My brother had a new '75 Plymouth, red and white...But even he, at 23, knew that Jimmy Dawe and his '57 Chevy attracted women......

Jimmy went to college in San Bernardino, and kind of dropped out of boat racing. One night, he had dropped off a sweet young thing at her door, when her boy friend came down the street. He threw brick at Jimmy and hit him in the head. It should have killed him out right, but after a couple of weeks in the hospital, they let him go home....

While he was "Recovering" from the "brick in the head", he and Dave Daniel would run up and see the local "CHICKS" in Kingman (63 miles). Well, Kingman is up hill all the way, but on the way back, it is down hill all the way to Needles...Dave rolled out of Kingman and so did Jimmy. They were clocked going through Yucca, Arizona at 135 MPH. (Yucca, AZ is now the Ford testing plant...). I guess the cops didn't have '57 Chevies, so they radioed ahead to the California Highway Patrol that there was a speeder or two...Seems as Jimmy came across the bridge into California there was a road block....by the time he started to slow down, they'd shot the tires out of his car. They never saw Dave...but Jimmy had to spent his "SPRING VACATION" in jail....never did tell his dad....never knew the cops where chasing him, he said.

Jimmy didn't have too good of luck with that '57 Chevy, he lived in an era when drinking and drinking were considered OK....Seems Jimmy wrecked that '57 13 times. He explained it to me, and I understood. He said, "Well, one arm on the girl and one arm on the drink and somebody would forget to drive." Most of his accidents weren't at too high a speed and usually on a dirt road....

Jimmy came back into racing in CU, he bought a Zorkan runabout and was working on the railroad in Needles, a job he was to keep until his death.

I think this was about 1960. Jimmy wasn't too good managing his money, so his mom helped him. Thanks to her, he bought Ronnie Rima's CU "THE TIGER", his DU CALKINS "THE BOBCAT" and a DeSilva D Hydro...that also had a cat name...

Jimmy won the Colorado River Marathon about thre times with the Tiger. His brother Ernie took that "TIGER" to Alabama...the first "FLOATER" to ever see closed course racing.

About 1962, Jimbo won BU, Jimmy CU and Me DU in the Needles Marathon. We went a full 115 miles and as we were leaving Lake Havasu, I was on the California side, lost, and Jimmy was on the Arizona side..."Hauling the mail"...He sees me, and thinks he's screwed up, because I had spent the summer in Needles water skiing. (C's started ahead of the D's and I'd just caught Jimmy, the leader of C)...I see Jimmy heading toward me, and assume, he knows where he's going...about that time we both hit a sand bar and come to a stop...in those days we used bungees to hold our motor down. we both pull our motors up and push our boats arcoss the sand bar... Jimmy yelling at me for not knowing where I'm going and I'm yelling at him for following me!!!

Jimmy married his high school sweetheart in the early '60's and went to Germany in the Army. Erine Dawe and I had become good friends, and thanks to Ernie, I got my college degree. (Ernie talked me in to going to Arizona to College, we were roommates for one year, then Ernie started teaching...California schools and I didn' do too well...but Arizona loved me...another story another day)...

On the way up to college in 1964, ernie and I stopped in Needles. Jimmy was back from Germany and had brought a new VW with him. I was dating Dave Daniel's sister...(I like his '57 about as much as I liked his sister....and I loved that '57)...Anyway, Ernie had Jimmy's VW and I had Jimbo's brother car....rear engine Pontiac....some how Ernie rolled Jimmy's VW and totaled it...

Ernie felt really bad, but Jimmy siad he'd had a few car wrecks himself.....

Ernie started building boats, and Jimmy kept working the rail, but he, with the help of his mom, bought a building and open up a pzza Parlor, called The Couple Up. Mrs. Dawe could make TACOS like no one, but she could also make Pizza. I have to admit, I drink a lot of beer and ate a lot a pizza in that bar....Needles sometimes gets too hot to go out, so, you stay in and drink....especially, if you have firends...and there were always friends at The Couple Up.

Jimmy Dawe, knew Doly Harcourt, who owned Golden Shores Marina. Jimmy set up the first Winternationals. But it wasn't called that. He came to me and said these guys have money, they want to put on a Havasu race in their bay. I went to Needles and said, "We'd have to run kneelers in that bay." So, they had like $25,000 for a race and my brother said, "Let's call iyt the Winternationals". APBA had a fit because we wanted to have aWINTERNATIONALS, until my brother explained that Clyde Winters and George Natioanls were putting up $25,000 for a race and they didn't want to call it Nationalswinter....

So, the 1967 Winternationals came off without a hitch. Club made money, racers made money. In 1968 it grew and in 1969 we had like 368 entries, and paid 68,000 incash. Our club charge $10,000 to put on the race and they also paid all expenses. Our club had $20,000 in the bank after the WINTERNATIONALS...I will take some credit, as I let the owners of Golden Shores wine me and ine me...and I told them how we'd do the race....but Jimmy Dawe got us in the door!!!

Jimmy and his wife had divorced, but Jimmy stayed with racing, even getting his daughter racing A Hydro. Things were good for Jimmy, the Rails paid well and The Couple Up was making serious money. Jimmy bought his mom and new Cadillac, like Elvis had done, he bought and house or two and a new Corvette.

I had started my prop business, I was no POP SMAITH and knew it, but did sel a prop here and there. But NONE in California. In '73, I started racing CU and DU again. I showed up at Brawley with anew motorhome and new boat and trailer...Jimmy was the ONLY one to ask if I had any props to test.He bought a CSH and a DSH prop from me. Firs California sales. Jimmy went on to win the Nationals in DSH that year. My first National Championship prop.

In '74 or '75, Jimmy got the great idea to take a truck load of Coors to Dayton...(He could write the beer off, and keep the cash, he figured)...Well, the trailer was much heavier witht he beer and the ice than he'd expected and by the time he'd gotten to Dayton, he'd broken five axles and bought $300 woirth of ICE (Coors had to be kept cool in those days)... When Jimmy got to dayton his eyes were swelled shut from welding the axles without a maks...Corvette, truck load of beer...EVERYONE HAD LOTS OF BEER AND LOTS OF FUN...Jimmy loved every minute of it...

In '78, I went Mod VP Racing, I sold my two motors, two boats, two props and trailer to Jimmy Dawe for $2,200. (That was what I needed to finish my Mod VP)...

Jimmy continued racing Stocks into the late '90's.

He had dated a woman who had a son named Gary. He had Gary drive some of his boats, Gary loved boat racing from the get go, but Jimmy Dawe had a big influence on him. If you know Gary Lewis, of Needles, (Colorado River Chevy, Ford, Cadillac and Pontiac.....) you know Gary loves racing...Everytime I see Gary, even though there is no relationship bloodwise, I see a little Jimmy Dawe in Gary.

Jimmy was a good driver, maybe even a great driver at times, he frequently had trouble staying focused...His mom kept him focused... Gary Lewis is very focused on business, and he has Jimbo McConnell to keep him focused on Baot Racing...

The legacy of the Needles Boat Racers continue....in Gary, but everyone who knew Jimmy miss his stories and his personality!!!

Here's a picture of Jimmy Dawe and Jimbo at the 1st Annual Winternationals...The runabout on the shirt is Jimmy. Later, at the 1969 Winternationals we used a picture of Billy "Racer" Allen in his Clark Craft DU...I wish I had the original picture...

ADD: 58-C is Jimmy Dawe at Long Beach...ina C Runabout....about 1987...This picture is on the wall at Jim Wilkes Marine.

Ron Hill
04-22-2005, 07:47 AM
I was reading the newspaper about some oil spill and got to laughing about Ted May. See, Ted lived in Long Beach not far from some oil wells. Well, one well blew some oil in the air and it landed on a bunch of homes. The oil company agreed to repaint everyone's home. But Ted wasn't happy. He had Home Owner's insurance that covered things like oil damage...and he just couldn't understand why he couldn't get TWO coats of paint.

He said the oil company had to paint his house one coat and his insurance company had to paint his house the second coat...He raised enough hell, that they finally agree to paint HIS house two coats....no one else's, when Ted made up his "HEAD" there was no arguing with him!!!!

04-22-2005, 01:15 PM
Hey Ron,
I saw your item on Ted May, reminded me of a time at DePue during "F" hydro Champ heats, we had a bet on who would win. I forget who Ted bet on, but I bet on Wayne Walgrave. Walgrave had brought his new Chapparal to DePue and everyone was gawking at it, but it ran really well. Well Walgrave goes out in the first heat and blew everyone off. Second heat comes and he can't get it started and Ted goes off like a rocket because now he is afraid that Waldman would win it and Ted couldn't stand the thought that Jerry would win, no matter that he would have had to pay up if Walgrave's had been able to run.

Is Ted still alive, any way to reach him? Thanks


04-22-2005, 10:52 PM
I as a young boat racing wannabe had the opp. and priv. of watching and assisting a man by the name of Ted May, about 1975, S.D. flood channel.

As a result i became reinterested, for the 37th time.

Wealth of info but too much to late, water inject and such as omc before bombabier.

Hell i drank my own beer, an he didn't want one, no B.S. here.
Ranchero Ford, late 60s early 70s.

No B. S.
Ted, you're best #54 is a winner.

Miss BK
04-23-2005, 08:36 AM
My brother's wife, Becky, was a little bit ditzy. And when she told us she wanted to race, she never mentioned that she didn't know how to paddle.

Here we are at Parker 1978, she's in her 20SS hydro with her brand new motor - a Yamato 80. These Yamato motors had just started coming into the country and the class was a huge hit.

When the 5 minute gun fired, Becky went out about 10 yards and her motor stalled. We began screaming to her to start paddling and that she didn't have much time. Well, she pulled out the paddle and proceeded to do some really strange things --- to the point of nearly swamping her own boat. (Powerboat Mag photographer Jim got a hilarious pic of that!)

In Parker, the river current is very swift and thus it started taking her downstream. By this time, people all along the beach are screaming at her and giving instructions on how to paddle...people including her own friend Art, Ted May, Russ Hill Jr (on the beach in the first pic), my brother, my dad (next to Russ) and my best friend Karen.

As the boats began to mill, suddenly Ted May and Karen jumped into the water and began swimming out to Becky!

The two of them somehow pulled Becky and her boat back to the shore.

But it was too late. By the time she got back to shore, the racers were on the clock. I do remember that she got a good chewing out by Ted....

PS In the last picture.....does anyone recognize the boy in the green hat?
Also...when these pictures were developed, I got a good chewing out too...everyone wanted to know why I didn't jump in the water and help too! Well, I wouldn't have gotten these cool pics if I had! lol


Miss BK
04-23-2005, 08:40 AM
PS Becky's boat (59C) is a canvas deck Sid Craft.

04-27-2005, 01:32 PM
I found this in an old race program.

04-30-2005, 10:25 AM
Doc "Boy" Bradley started racing in 1929 with Bradley Racing Team out of Gary, Indiana. Brother Bob and sister Patty Bradley along with Danny Maholla were drivers. Patty Bradley was the first woman driver sponsored by Evinrude. Doc raced all through the mid-west making friends with racers such as Jackie Maypole and Tom Small sr. There are many stories that were not told before Doc passed away in 1987, but many colorful characters were a part of this long carreer in outboard racing. Doc kept his hand in racing and in 1961, started son Charley racing A stock and soon hooked up Hap Mulvany to produce winning A, B, and C outboard hydros. Hap's son, Pat, set the record in AOH at Lakeland with a white X on his helmet during this association. He was a man concerned with safety and always preached that you had to 'finish first to finish first'. He was a great crew chief, friend, and very missed in the world of outboard racing.

Ray Lumpkin
06-14-2005, 08:15 AM
OPC boat racer from 1971 to 1986. I race most all tunnel boat classes SE/SG/SH/UI/UJ/Sjj/SST120/SST140/Champ Mod 90. Region 4 OPC chairman for 5 years, referee, inspector, time trail rep. Raced All Mercurys and McCall , E & T, Desilver, Seabold, Galaxie, Lee Craft, and other unknown brands. Retaired now collecting old outboards , buying and selling on e bay, want to write the history of OPC region 4 raceing from 1960 to 1985. I have APBA rule books and Propeller magazines during that time any infiomation would be helpful.

07-31-2005, 07:10 AM
I found this in an old race program.Just thought I'd add this, it's dated from about the mid 90s.

Hooten Racing
08-17-2005, 07:01 PM
Tommy Hooten raced stock then pro 250 350 500 700 1100 f-88 also raced for Elmer Grade f-888 won many titles and records wauchula fl

David Hooten races bsh 20ss 25ss csh dsh 250cc 350cc 500cc 700cc still hols 2 dsh records many titles and records drove for Gene Arbib and Tommy Hooten 88- f and f-88 Titisville

Paul Hooten race pro and stock bsh 20ssh csh dsh 125cc 250cc 350cc osy-400 drove bsh for Bob Trolion several region high points currently holds csh 1 mile 3 lap record president peace river region 5 888-f and f-888 winter haven fl

Master Oil Racing Team
08-19-2005, 08:00 AM
Tommy was always one of the top competitors. He won many,many races. I always looked forward to him showing up at an event. I especially liked racing against Tommy in 1100 hydro. He could get the butterflys in your stomach all stirred up while waiting for the 5 minute gun.

Hooten Racing
08-19-2005, 03:24 PM
do you have anymore photos of my dad :)

Master Oil Racing Team
08-19-2005, 03:52 PM
......I need some help Paul. It's been so long, I need to do some thinking. I have quite a few photos of F888 and others of F88. You are showing various numbers that your family raced under, and I am also trying to think back about Elmer Grade, Jeff Hutchins, etc. If you could give me some years, race courses and numbers, I think I could pull some out. One of the problems I have finding some photos of the top hydro drivers I ran with was that I was also in the heat. My favorite recollections of racing with Tommy was in 1100 hydro and generally their were 10-12 boats, thus no qualifying heats. A lot of my hydro pictures were from qualifying heats.

Hooten Racing
08-19-2005, 04:12 PM
ran for Elmer 80,81,82,83 lakeland lake alfred anyother time he would be f-88
avon park leesburg depue hot springs f-88 1970 before f-68

09-02-2005, 06:22 PM
Harold Nauss.
His propeller castings are THE ONE to HAVE in SST-60 now.
He made some fast props and was fast on the race course too.
Built his own tunnel boat and ran in Mod 90 or UI class.
Mark Nelson

09-09-2005, 01:44 PM
How about Jerry Nunez & Estel McRoberts of Texas, they have won numerous national championships over decades of racing in A.O.F

Ron Hill
09-13-2005, 10:10 AM
Only picture I have of Mac, he owned the Johnson Distributorship for the southwest, Denver to where ever...He loved racing. OMC bought the business, Mac was killed at the Parker Enduro driving a Johnson V-6 and a Van der Velden hull. Not a very good picture of a great man...(He's putting the cowling on his Johnson) Mac imported Schultz Boats by the container load!!!

I wish Melinda, or Tom would post some information about the McCune Family. I know Tom owns a props shop in Colorado.

The white Vee hull is my Souter Hull that I ran at Havasu, 1968...If you look at the hillside in Havasu...you can see it has changed since 1968!!!!

09-21-2005, 07:08 PM
This was posted to the Powerboat List by Steve Montgomery...

Ronald Henry Larsen, world record holder, national champion of boat racing, beloved husband, father, grandfather, Korean War Veteran, successful businessman passed peacefully away September 13, 2005 at the age of 72 in Livermore, California.

Born January 9, 1933 in Chicago Il, Ron moved to Long Beach, CA in 1965. He began racing boats in his early 20's and in 1963 he broke the World Record for Outboards at 103.338 miles per hour. He broke the SK class straightaway record in 1963 at New Martinsville. He was a member of the Gulf Oil Corporation 100 MPH club. He was the USA National Champion F/NM Class in 1969 in the "Wa Wa" Boat. During his successful 22 year speedboat racing career, he won 8 national championships and set 7 world records. Not to mention 22 crashes resulting in numerous broken bones, back, shoulders, legs and replacement with many stainless steel parts which set off every metal detector at the airports.

Boats he drove included
- Mr. Kilowatt owned by Haines Electric
- Wa Wa Too, by Bill Riter
- Quicky Too owned by Chrysler Racing Team
- Mr. American owned by Santiago Construction Co.
- Mercury Racing Team, Woody Jr. Special owned by Plescott Inc.
- Holman/Moody Special owned by Ford Motor Co.
- Atlas Van Lines owned by Bob Fendler
- Pride of Pay N Pak owned by Pak N Pak
- Miss Timex owned by U.S. Air Conditioning
- Notre Dame owned by Notre Dame Racing
- Miss Technicolor owned by Ram Racing Team.

After relocating from Chicago, Il where he sold a successful machine shop, he settled in Long Beach, CA working as a shop foreman for Keith Black Racing Engines, where he specializied in re-design and development on Plymouth Blocks. He worked for Tom Greer Machinery and opened another successful business with Century Service. Several years later he opened American Printing Center.

Ron was a member of the Downtown Long Beach Association where he also served as the Vice President. Other Racing Honors include the Gulf Hall of Fame, Boating Hall of Fame, Yachtsman Hall of Fame, Power Boat Magazine Driver of the Year, Boating News Driver of the Year.

Ron is proceeded in death by his parents Henry Larsen and Lilian Larsen of Chicago, Il. Mr. Larsen was the owner of the Shop and Save Market in Chicago, Il. He is survived by Peg, his spouse of 20 years; Sons: Troy Larsen of Mesa, AZ, Jack Cooper of Kentucky; Daughters: Kim Hudson of Redlands, CA, Maria Lockridge of Livermore, CA, Dolores Quezada of Austin, Tx, Debbie Larsen of Florida, and 13 grandchildren.

G-10 Brian
01-05-2006, 10:11 AM
I can probably think of 100 names not on the list that should be! Wayne Walgrave I think has won 10 Nationals with 6 cyl loopers Bruce Nicholson about 26 NOA and APBA National Championships Denny Henderson Jerry Kirts Tom Kirts John Dortch Sr. Wally Roman Jerry Peterson Rich Krier Larry Latta Lyle Swanson Champion Hot-Rod Rex Hall Ron Anderson Lee Sutter Bob Rhoades (hope I spelled it right) Henry Tietge Someone needs to get in touch with John Dortch Sr. He can give you a lot of info for The Who's Who in Boat Racing especially racers from the 50's and 60's.

01-05-2006, 02:58 PM
Cool! I can add them to the list ... you need to supply us with the profile information about each name ... :) Classes, time frame, favorite boats & motors, etc :) :) :)

The list by itself becomes meaningless without the profile info

01-08-2006, 12:13 PM
Double high point winners! 1967 ;)

01-08-2006, 01:07 PM
Janice Stillwill from N.J.,with father George after competing in the newly formed "J" HYDRO class.1964 :cool:

01-10-2006, 11:24 PM
darrell beaulier
bob schubert
duke waldrop
bud babbitt
buddy babbitt

01-13-2006, 09:26 PM
Ever hear of these guys???

01-14-2006, 06:54 AM
Thanks, Tom & Bill - that is the kind of thing that makes the Who's Who work!

darrell beaulier
bob schubert
duke waldrop
bud babbitt
buddy babbitt

Can you tell us some stuff about Darrell? Like I say over and over again the names by themselves do no serve us any better than reprinting old APBA membership rosters. The information that goes with the names is more important :) :) :)

Master Oil Racing Team
01-14-2006, 08:08 AM
When I first found BRF, I went straight to the encylopedia. I was disappointed to find very few of the names had any bio or other information. So how does this work? If I wanted to put some information I have on my old racing friends, I just enter it here and you put the name in alphabetical order? And then how do you do updates, or additional info if someone else has something to add?

Miss BK
01-14-2006, 08:19 AM
Darrell Beaulier - ChampBoat official, St. Louis 2005
And great guy. :)

Miss BK
01-14-2006, 08:27 AM
Current ChampBoat racer, Hall of Champions inductee and Sport-E superstar, Tracy Hawkins

(Tracy you will have to fill in the rest of your accomplishments - I know there is a whole lot more!)

01-14-2006, 10:11 AM
When I first found BRF, I went straight to the encylopedia. I was disappointed to find very few of the names had any bio or other information. So how does this work? If I wanted to put some information I have on my old racing friends, I just enter it here and you put the name in alphabetical order? And then how do you do updates, or additional info if someone else has something to add?

Yep, just add the names here and I go back to posts #1 and 2 and put them in alphabetically. When there is biographical info I go back and change the name to a link to where the info is (it can be posts directly in this thread, other threads or anywhere else, including other web sites). New threads are best for people with large biographies, a single post here is sufficient for someone who only needs a few lines. To do updates, a moderator can directly edit the new info into the first post or daisey chain individual related posts together by adding "click here for more" links that take you to the next info.

Basically you provide the information and I will edit it in or link it up

We moderate very little on BRF, occaisionally I correct spelling or minor flaws in links for people and do minor tweeks to quoted lines to make posts clearer. Since for the most part BRF members have exceptionally good behavior I have only censored a few foul words and "softened" one or two flames - leaving the original intent but with more friendly text.

01-14-2006, 10:15 AM
Darrell Beaulier - ChampBoat official, St. Louis 2005
And great guy. :)

Thanks, Val. I bet there is more to his biography.

If I could, I would include how each racer got started, what classes they raced, the boats & motors they raced, boat names, boat numbers, championships they won, if they served as a race or club official, where they lived and anything special

For a really good example take a look back at what Charlie Bradley wrote about his dad Bradley, Doc "Boy" & company (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6148&postcount=198)

The Hooten gang write up is good too: Hooten gang (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9900&postcount=201)

Miss BK
01-24-2006, 06:59 AM
Hi April!!!

See the little white boat in my avatar? That boat is named "HELL KITTEN II", named after the legendary "HELL CAT".

I think of your father just about every day. He was so good to my brother Mike Longwell when Mike was racing stock outboards back in the 70s. (Mike had Cystic Fibrosis and was as skinny as a toothpick). Around 1978 he was there to help Mike's wife, Becky with her 20ssh hydro. Mike is gone now, but Becky still talks about Ted with much affection.

Our racing budget was pretty slim in those days, and our equipment was mostly hand-me-downs. Ted was always there helping us, without ever being asked.

The first time I met Ted was about 1976 at Brawley, CA, I think. It was one of our first races. My brother was so lightweight that he had taken lead weights off his scuba diving belt and used coat hangers to tie them into the interior of his hydro. Some ends of the coat hangers were poking up.

As we were waiting for our heat, we saw Ted May come walking past our pit. He stopped.......looked inside the boat......and shook his head and walked off.

We knew who Ted was, because we had been following OPC racing for years. But we had never met and we knew that Ted didn't know who we were.

About 10 minutes later, Ted comes walking up with a large foam pad (probably taken out of Don Johnston's hydro! LOL) and places it inside the boat! Our jaws just dropped. Ted told my brother, "Those wires would have cut you to shreds". Then he walked off and went back to work on the Nordskog boy's hydros!

You don't know how much of an impression that made on us and our entire family. From that day forward, we would do ANYTHING for Ted. If he needed extra crew at the OPC races, we were there. Not long afterward, I also became his scorekeeper for the major marathons - Parker, Havasu.

The funny thing is that he never asked me to score before the race. I would pull up at the hotel the day of the meeting and he'd spot me and say, "There's my scorekeeper"

I finally just assumed that I was going to be his scorekeeper - even if there had been no previous discussion - and I would just go to the scoring meetings and call out "HERE" when number 54 was called and no one else had answered. LOL

I still have the hat he won at the 1985 Parker Enduro Division III. Ted May co-drove with Roger Johnson and - because I was the scorekeeper - I got a Champions hat plus a bottle of champaign. I kept that bottle of champaign all these years until just last year ---- when I presented Lauren Johnson (Roger's J-Racing Champ granddaughter) with that bottle just last year.

Ted still means so much to us. It breaks my heart to hear he has Altzheimers. :( But it lifts my heart to know he still talks about the racing days. Ted had a HUGE impact on a lot of folks, and he will never be forgotten.

I have quite a few pics of Ted in my collection. I will take some time to dig them up and scan them. I am SO glad you have joined us, April! This is great!

Best wishes!


Michael J Gwaltney
01-24-2006, 09:59 AM
TED MAY still resides in Long Beach, Cali. He still has a temper and says God Dammit alot! Unfortunately, he is in the late stages of Altzheimers. The funny thing about it though, is that he may not know what day it is or who the president is, but ask him ANYTHING about racing or mention any names like Don Johnson, Ron Hill, Bob Nordskog, Jimbo...He could go on for hours. I will try and get some more pics of him up soon. Thanks for all the wonderful stories you guys posted about him. Its all we have now, are the stories. I also welcome any more stories, good or bad about him. Thanks

HellCat 54's Daughter ;)

One of the best Ted May stories was told by Jim Briggs, VP OMC. Jim was in a high-level meeting hosted by strang. His secretary, who would rarely interupt a meeting, delivered a note CALL HOME!

A a Miami boat race (2-weeks earlier) Ted and Paul Drake were assigned to tow two "TART" race boats from Miami to Waukegan. They had called Jim several times during the trip.

Jim called his housekeeper and she was very concerned about the arrival of two guys with race boats. Should I let them in the house? Jim assured her it was ok and to set them up in a guest room.

As I recall Ted and Paul were there for over a week. They hosted parties most every night for the OMC Tech.

Ted May is a real treasure and respected for his advice to drivers and crews. I wish him the very best. Michael J

Ron Hill
01-24-2006, 12:17 PM
Help, Paul and Ted left Miami three weeks eariler to go back to California, IN MY CAR, and I'l hitch hiking around, while those two are driving down to Texas, and up to Illinois...Only thing good came out of it, I charged OMC by the MILE!!!

Poco Loco 153
01-24-2006, 09:02 PM
Hi Ron
I just found this list and joined. I was a co driver in KM 35 for 2 yrs with Red Perry.
We did good locally but were often ran second to Ron Brown with his twin Molinari.
I raced go karts before and liked 2 strokes . I bought my first Tunnel in 1971.
I bought a Marathon Tunnel from Tom Arnstead , and Ron Brown helped me get a good Twister when they came out. I was leading my first race when I blew it over.I blew my second hull over in Seattle on the unlimited course in a
250 mi race in 1973.I was up with the factory boats , and gave it just one click of up too much.
I decided to by a SJ marathon hull with a Merc , and learn to drive these things while I was still healthy.
I drove it for 3 yrs, Did well , won the region championship each yr , I think and travled often.Won or placed often.
Parker , St Louise , San Francisco , Clinton IA , Clear Lake CA, Provo UT, All the local races.
I saw my first Mod 120 at the forth of July race at Clinton Ia.in 1976.
I bought a hull from Tom Arnstead, Ron Brown helped me get an Merc Black Max.
I raced it once in WY , then we headed for the Marathon Nationals in Guntersville.
I won Mod 120 , was second to Tom Posey in Mod U. He was disqualified for
making a victory lap while smaller classes were still racing.
Tom Arnstead was second in Mod 120, Mod U , and SST , as I remember, and won the hi point trophy.
I raced every race I could find running Mod 120 , or Mod U , and was the hi point Champion in Mod 120 , and second in Mod you.

I raced a few time in 1977 , and 1978 , and retired
Later yrs I raced RC boats , and I think I won 8 or 9 national championships.

Some Names I remember

Ron Brown Still in Ft Collins CO
Tom Arnstead Flordia last I heard
Clint Byrd Died about 10 yrs ago
John Gibbs
Dave Packer
Of course Jonny Sandars
and the Mac Mc Quens , sp ?

Dick Roberts
Abq NM

Master Oil Racing Team
02-16-2006, 06:25 AM
A quick glance through the stack and I couldn't figure out any logical way to approach it. I was going to go alphabetically, but some are hard to read or are not quite complete, and it will slow me down, so I will just randomly pick them out as post them. These first two seem to be related, so I hope somebody can add more here, including pictures if possible.

Master Oil Racing Team
02-16-2006, 06:36 AM
Drew Rutherford, from Port Neches, Texas started racing APBA circuits in 1980 and is currently active. He has run Mirage, Hydrostream, and Skater hulls, all powered by Mercury's. He is currently involved with a Johnson powered Tri-Hull number 22 "Just Clownin' Around"

Master Oil Racing Team
02-16-2006, 06:53 AM
Chris Domino hails from Beaumont, Texas. He has driven and been on in a pit crew since 1980 and is currently active. He ran a Pugh Hydro in the Unlimited Outboard class establishing an ET record and a quarter mile SDBA speed record in October 1994 in UO 22, "Risky Business". He has also driven a Mercury powered Allison, and a Triad DR 20 also with a Mercury. That boat was the number 222 "Oh..Oh..Domino". He is involved with the Johnson powered Tri-Hull number 22 "Just Clownin' Around".

Master Oil Racing Team
02-20-2006, 07:53 PM
Bill Boyd lives in Waco, Texas now, but from 1951 to 1954 he raced around the Texas Gulf Coast. Bill raced the Lone Star Boat Racing Association circuit with a pumper on a Morphew hull, G 50 the "Galveston Gal". His local club was Galveston.

Master Oil Racing Team
02-20-2006, 08:00 PM
Aubrey Felder raced out of the Mid-County Boat Club at Port Neches Texas. He raced NOA/LSBRA and Texas Outboard Association from 1954 to 1974. Aubrey ran a Mercury/DeSilva No. PN-17.

Fast Fred
02-21-2006, 12:45 PM
I don't have a pic, mr.Giles has been around the first turn 4000 + times.
for sure one of the WHO'S.:cool:

02-21-2006, 02:40 PM
I don't have a pic, mr.Giles has been around the first turn 4000 + times.
for sure one of the WHO'S.:cool:

Thanks. The entry similar to his name was a typo. Corrected now :confused:

Fast Fred
02-21-2006, 02:48 PM
ya, can't spell for %^$#, :eek: :)

Steve de Souza
02-21-2006, 06:18 PM
Names to add to list
Steve de Souza
Ron Anderson
Drew Thompson
Robert Waite
John Laird
Don Haack
Lee Sutter
Chuck Walters

Ron Hill
02-21-2006, 07:06 PM
Chuck was a fun guy to be around....He was runing a speedway concessions in Havasu the last I heard about him. Have you seen or heard from himin years...

Did they call him "HOG BODY"??? He had some cool "F" Motors...

Great list, could not agree more with your list...

I want to hear your family's history...and see so pictures..

02-21-2006, 07:13 PM
Lee Sutter is already on the list, has been for a long time.

How about some biography on each? I can collect names by themselves from the old APBA rosters ... make them special by telling us who they are :)

Miss BK
02-21-2006, 07:25 PM
Wasn't Steve "EZ LOADER" DeSouza already on the list too? And motor magician Ron Anderson? Can't believe those two had not been added yet.

The BRF roster sure has some very impressive members. Buck Thornton even joined today. I just love the Internet. ;)

jim swift
02-25-2006, 02:04 PM
Hi - I am new to this forum and would appreciate a little advice. My father was Joe Swift and I would really like to get any pictures or articles about Swift Boats or about him. If anyone has anything or some links on the Internet, please let me know.


02-25-2006, 03:52 PM
Jim, I can tell you some ... but it might be best if you first tell us what you remember and know. I've started a separate thread for pictures and information about your dad here: Joe Swift thread (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2332)

02-26-2006, 06:37 AM
Several names to add:

Elmer Grade
Carl Staron
Buddy Staron
Tony Staron
Bob Montoya
Charlie Redmond
Danny Pigot (can't remember Danny's dad's name)
Jack Stotts
Terry Payne
Connie Payne
Brian Payne
Phil McDaniel
Fred Suhy
John Runne
Tim Fry
Dan Parker
Kevin Macfee
Burt Hoefs
Tab Buford
Homer Schultz

02-26-2006, 07:58 AM
If you go back and look, some of those names are already on the Who's Who list on posts 1 & 2.

As for the rest ... please fill in WHY each deserves to be on the list.

Again and again ... we could just add every name that comes up in conversation and every name from every membership roster ... but then we would have the same thing as the old membership rosters ... a big mysterious list of weird names. What makes the list useful and the names important is the details about these people.

If you feel strongly enough to add names, add WHY they deserve to be mentioned.

02-28-2006, 09:52 AM
I guess I didn't understand this was supposed to be an exclusive list. I would have used a criteria of 1) contributed a lot to the sport, 2) been very successful at the sport or 3) been involved in the sport a long time.

What should the criteria be? I admit I may have missed it.

Ron Hill
02-28-2006, 12:01 PM
What Sam was asking is DETAILS about people... The details don't have to be eight pages, but just a few lines to say something about the person...

Example: Connie Payne, I only know her through the internet, but she has been a "FRIEND" for 9 years now...I know she is the unofficial voice of the AOF... I aslo know her son races and they also race APBA... I for one, would like to know about her family and see family photos...

I think that is what Sam was saying...

The name Ted May would not mean much without the stories of his life!!!!

02-28-2006, 02:23 PM
The list is not supposed to be exclusive, it is supposed to be informative. Everyone who puts a name on the list knows why that name belongs on the list. But someone else who lives on the other side of the country (or world) or is just starting out - doesn't know the racer that was named.

It doesn't matter if the person is a racer who has won 20 championships, a top notch race official, brilliant engineer, master motor or boat builder or just a loyal pit monkey for a so-so racer ... if we aren't told what the person did ... it is just a name on a roster.

If you put names on the list ... you know that person and their accomplishments ... please tell us why they should be on the list ('cause we certainly don't know everyone or what they did). No one will be omitted for "not doing enough" ... there is no minimum criteria. I hope that clears it up. :)

03-28-2006, 08:45 AM
A history leason on Dick Neal.Boat builder,racer,engine builder. Courtesy - Boatsport mag./Marvel characters Inc.- Story by - M.F. Hauserman,Jr.
Hi ,
Is there more information about Dick Neal out there? Dick is my mothers Uncle and I would like more information about him just post a message or email me at thann4gop@comcast.net
Mike Borror

06-08-2006, 01:29 PM
Jack Brewster
Jerry Brewster
Jon Brewster
Jeff Brewster
Jay Brewster
Jonathan Brewster
Justin Brewster
Ken Brewster
Jim Brewster
Carl Holt
Dana Holt
Joe Silvestri
Dante Silvestri
Brian Williams
Jeff Williams
Chris Williams
Nate Forshey
Dean Forshey
Jim McDonough

Ron Hill
06-08-2006, 02:21 PM
I know all of these people, but not well enough to tell stories, or write about them...Please fill us in on some these people....

06-09-2006, 08:42 AM
Carl Holt- 2 time Hall of Champion Inductee. Established several APBA competition records and current record holder. 2 time Stock National Champion. 4 time Mod National Champion. Racing career 1953-present. Former Three Rivers Outboard Racing Association Commodore.

Dana Holt- 9 time Stock National Champion. 2 time Hall of Champion Inductee. Former competition record holder. Racing career 1977-present. Former Three Rivers Outboard Racing Association Commodore.

Jim McDonough- "The Buckeye Bullet" 1981 ASR National Champion.

Joe Silvestri- Mod Hall of Champion Inductee.

Ron Hill
06-09-2006, 01:05 PM
Jim McDonough- "The Buckeye Bullet" 1981 ASR National Champion.

I really didn't know Jim McDonough very well, but I was talking to him before the Stock Nationals at Dayton, 1975. I said something like I haven't really raced all year long, been fooling with tunnel boat and all..He said something like well it won't be any problem for you to win D Runabout again.... I said, I said I wasn't so sure...He said, he was sure...

As it turned out Ernie Dawe won D Runabout and I didn't trophy... Took me untill 1977 to get back in the winner's circle....

I ddin't seem Jim much after that, but he always seemed to wonder "WHAT HAPPENED at Dayton 1975???" AND the truth of the matter something did happen...I had bough Dick Fickett steering bar tanks and it took me over a year to realize the vent hose was sucking water into the tank when I go on plane... We kept having this water problem, my dad was convinced some was using my gas tank instead of using the restroom... As I'd win Saturday and run poorly Sunday...

If you look at my 1977 55-H, you can see a clear vent hose that goes clear up the where the mags use to vent...

Almost thirty years ago, but I felt then, and still do that I'd let one of my fans down...

As I recall Jim used a Zorkan hydro when he won the 1981 Nationals...

Thanks for posting....on BRF...Keep the stuff coming....

06-09-2006, 01:12 PM
Actually, Jim ran a Stippich in ASR in 1981. Ran them for quite a few years in late 70's early 80's.

He did run a Z Craft ASH. In fact, I ran one of his old ones from '85-'89 and won ASH Nationals with it in '87.

Jim ran a Stippich ASH after the Z Crafts.

Proud to have called him a friend. No one loved boat racing more.

His brother, Bruce, still comes up to Dayton every year to say hello.


Tom Kargus
06-09-2006, 02:36 PM
Joe Zolkoske Jr
Chuck Zolkoske
Joe Zolkoske III
Dennis Zolkoske

Chris Wilde
06-16-2006, 10:19 AM
Here are some names you don't have listed and I'll probably send more after I go through my old Boat Sport magazines.

Dave Kough
Skipper Ritter
Skip Forcier
Chris Erneston, Jr.
Al Bligh
Tommy Young
Johnny Werhle
Hunter Grimes

Chris Wilde,
Pueblo, CO

Chris Wilde
06-16-2006, 01:34 PM
Some more names for your list. How soon we forget.

Billy Schumacher
Tiger Petrini
"Wild Bill" Holloway
Bill Janz
Bob Lenschow
Don Benson
Ray Lenk
Fred Snyder
Jan Rinker
Gene Hawthorne
Les Kahn
Eddie Wulf
Johnny Ennenga
Hal Tolford
John Jordan
Mike Helm
Ronald Althouse
"Dub" Parker
Ron Zuback
Ted Davey
Bill Rankin
Bob Terry
Ron Hedlund
Bob Robbins
John Webster

Chris Wilde
Pueblo, CO

06-19-2006, 08:19 PM
Thanks, Chris ... a bunch of excellent suggestions, some of them I don't know why I had not already added to the first page (Dub Parker is already on there, has been since the first day; his name even links to this quote by Gene East: LINK (http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5080&postcount=195)).

But, don't just dig up the names from old magazines ... I can pull up thousands of names from old membership rosters. The list of names is meaningless without biographical information to go with them. The names by themselves are just letters on the page, we want the stories of these people.

Can you tell us about some of these racers (and please make it more than just what you find in Boat Sport and Speed and Spray if you can), I recognize some of the names, but have no idea where, when or what class(es) they raced. Did you get to race against some or all of them? Did you know them personally? Anything you can add would be greatly appreciated :)

Chris Wilde
06-29-2006, 02:39 PM
Sorry, In my rush to post names to your list who I felt were deserving of recognition I didn't read everything I should have. Suffice it to say that everyone I listed won something important like national highpoints, or a national championship. I won't bore you with stuff from magazines, but I actually met or saw the following drivers in action: I started out in the late 50's in APBA Region 7 and then raced some more in APBA Region 11 (Northern Calif.).

Chris Wilde (Pueblo, CO)

Region 7:
Bob Hering & Jerry Waldman: These two dominated ASH in Region 7 when I first started racing (late 50s). Jerry was always very supportive even after he went on to become a famous alky racer. A very nice and unpretentious guy who was killed doing what he loved.

Carl Stippich: An expert boat builder and father to racers Carol, Keith, and Gary. We bought Carol's A runabout after she retired (my brother, Steve, ran it in Regions 7, 11, & 12). Carl was always very helpful to us when we were getting started...he lent us propellers and did some of our engine work.

Berghauers: Dewey raced in A Runabout and the whole family was getting into it Big Time when my brother and I started racing in Milwaukee, WI in the late 50's.

Mike Helm: Won the Nationals in JU and raced in AU & ASH (plus D Hydro) when we raced in Region 7 (late 50s)

Bill Janz: Won a lot of races in DSH and then went into boat building (Janz hydros).

Ron Hedlund: Won all kinds of races in BU along with younger brother Gerry. Built Hedlund B runabouts (think Stover Hire) and bull nose hydros which won lots of races.

Johnny Ennenga: Won Nationals in CU and was a standout in this class using a Van Pelt runabout which he could turn on a dime.

John Puestow: He started out racing ASH about the same time I did. We used to take him to races in Wisconsin & Illinois. Called him the Okauchee Flash because he once lived in Okauchee, WI. This was many moons ago, but we still keep in touch.

Regions 11 & 12 (and 10)...

Al Bligh: Had only one hand, yet ran one of the fastest ASH rigs around.
He and Johnny Alden (profiled elsewhere) were hot stuff when we moved to California in the 60's.

Billy Schumacher: Driver's driver from Washington State. I think he won the Nationals in JU and AU. Also drove unlimited hydro - Miss Bardahl.

Ernie Dawe: Ran BU against him in Regions 11 and 12. He and his dad and brother Jimmie used to drive up to Region 11 races from Needles and terrorize us.

Fred Haunstein, Jr.: Believe it or not the whole family once lived in Kingsburg, Calif., and were big time alky racers in Region 11.

Ron Hill: Everyone already knows about Ronnie. He used to race AU and won many, many races in DU. Also, set lots of speed records. Always thought of him as the original California Beach Boy.

Ted May: One of the first guys (after the Berghauers) we saw with a 5 boat trailer. Was a real stock outboard "iron man" running almost every class.

Darrell Sorenson: A real nice guy and still racing (like my brother Steve). First met Darrell when he and his racing partner (Ben Shepherd) lived way up North in Arcata, CA...many, many, many years ago.

Roy Miner: Moved to Region 12 from NY. Ran the A & B classes along with son, Ricky. Did a lot of engine and prop work for racers nationwide. I raced against him in BSH and even lent him my boat for the Prineville, OR Nationals.

Wilson Seaman: The patriarch of the racing Seamans including Julie and Alan.
in the A/B classes. Invaded Calif. from Ohio.

Steve Wilde: My twin brother, celebrating his 48th year racing A stock hydro.
The two of us built a lot of boats together in a rather cramped basement. Has children racing (Dan & Pam).

06-29-2006, 02:49 PM
Thanks, Chris ... information like that makes this Who's Who special:)

Ron Hill
06-29-2006, 10:14 PM
Chris, Steve and you are like Danny and Arnold?? Twins??? I never knew you and your brother were twins..Hell, you a two years older than he is...

Thanks for calling me an original Beach Boy....Truth is, one of my child hood friends invented the non skid stuff they used on surf boards and boggy boards, I went to high school with Chuck Dent, of Chuck Dent Surf Boards, and even took his girl friend to the prom...My sister lived on the beach in Seal Beach and I spent a ton of time there...Black surfer pants, sunglasses, blond hair....Those were the days when you didn't have to spell STUD!!!!

I grew up in Bellflower, 10 miles from the beach and frequently rode my bike to the beach to go fishing early A.M. and surf later...Being tall and blond, I was FREQUENTLY LINKED TO THE DUTCHMEN OF BELLFLOWER, THE LIKES OF WHICH WERE VON DUTCH...Skip VanLeeuwen (motorcycle fame).

This 1959 picture is from Lake Washington, where Charlie Brown's Steak house is today, in Marina Del Rey. This was live TV...I always raced barefoot until 1964, when they passed the "HILL" Rule that you had to wear closed toed shoes...I was 15 here, heading for the Nationals in Seattle, where I ran DU....The age limited was raised in 1960 to 16, I had finished second in Seattle, they had a long discussion about raising the age limit, then realized I'd be 16 in April of 1960...

Black surfer bathing suit, red and white stripes on the side, black and white striped shirts....We were cool then, as the younger ones are cool now...

Does this 1959 picture look like EARLY CALIFORNIA SURFER??? Black bathing suit, with a red and white stripe down the side, black and white striped shirt....Live TV, at Lake Washington, where Charlie Brown's is today in marina Del Rey....

Bellflower was a working man's town...Many milked cows...others built houses...Guys like Howard Brown built Howard Boats. Chuck Sterns Ski Raced. George Stratton made seats for crusier cars....eveyone worked...The Hill's raced Kneeldown boats...Rich Hallett, from Downey, where the second McDonalds was built, built inboard hydros...

My brother and I bough clothes from John's Men Store, and they had surfer clothes...So, we bought surfer bathing suits and wore them at the races...

Dick Dale and the Dell Tones played at our parties, after we moved to Garden Grove...the 91 Freeway bought us out....It was a great time to be a kid..

We street raced, most nights during the summer and on weekends in the winter.

It was Lion's Drag Strip,(Stone, Woods, and Cook with Chuck Finders at the wheel) Ascot Park (Parnelli and AJ going after it or on the motorcycles it was Sammy Tanner, the Flying Flea)...when we weren't racing boats, we were California Dreaming....California, as then and now, was full of fun and life...

And yes, I was one of the ORIGINALS...the beaches were wide open at night, parties were crazy....but I was always focused on WINNING BOAT RACES and graduating college....My dad was a painting contractor, but I wanted the summers off to go racing....

Hey Chris, thanks for posting...How about some background on how much water your brother can drink....or some background on your "A" runabout called FUBAR????? (I now know what fubar MEANS, BUT IT TOOK FORTY YEARS...)...

Chris Wilde
06-30-2006, 01:24 PM

I emailed you some photos that I couldn't post on your website. You can do the posting. As for how much water my brother can drink the answer is "just enough to make weight." FUBAR was the first of several A Runabouts Steve and I built in our basement in Larkspur, CA. The boat was designed and mostly built by Ed Muderlak of Chicago who stayed with us during part of his Navy career. This was in 1963! We built 3 more Fubars after the original and even shipped one back to John Puestow via rail to Wisconsin. They were all really fast on calm water and wide turns. Throw in a ripple and watch out.

Chris Wilde (8 mins older than Steve)