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  1. Thread: 9/11

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    9/11

    On September 11, 2001, I was staying with my brother Charlie in Hot Springs. I was there from Fairbanks, Alaska, where I was working as an FAA inspector. We were scheduled to drive to New Orleans the...
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    Great post. I raced against Rex Hall several...

    Great post. I raced against Rex Hall several times. He was always fast; never beat him, unless he couldn't get out of the pits or something.
  3. Thread: Konig History

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    Sticky: I can't help, but I'm certain after Wayne...

    I can't help, but I'm certain after Wayne finishes chipping the ice out of his bathtub he will respond.
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    A great accounting, Wayne. Glad you and yours...

    A great accounting, Wayne. Glad you and yours survived it. Pity about those who lost loved ones. As my dad's old WWII Ranger buddy always closed his correspondence, "Stay Warm!"
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    Hey, Wayne, are you surviving the winter storm...

    Hey, Wayne, are you surviving the winter storm okay? Hope so.
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    Those sure were some funny looking runabouts...

    Those sure were some funny looking runabouts (page 32) they ran back then!
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    Thanks. Great pictures. Appreciated the "Barbies."

    Thanks. Great pictures. Appreciated the "Barbies."
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    I don't know anything about rc boats, but it...

    I don't know anything about rc boats, but it would be fun to see some of your pictures of them, as well as the boats in action.
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    Wayne, if they find your posts a few hundred...

    Wayne, if they find your posts a few hundred years from now, it will be like discovering the Rosetta Stone as it concerns boat racing. Hope all is well in Texas, buddy.
  10. Thread: 1959

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    I lived in Long Beach, California, at this time,...

    I lived in Long Beach, California, at this time, but was only eight years old. My dad took me to some boat races at that age. I recall them vaguely. Thanks for these great historical posts.
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    Great Pictures! Those were the days!

    Great Pictures! Those were the days!
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    26 flips in one day? That was some rough racing!...

    26 flips in one day? That was some rough racing! Good thing they weren't going all that fast.
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    I always watch for and appreciate these posts!...

    I always watch for and appreciate these posts! Boat racing history at its best!
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    Great stuff!

    Great stuff!
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    Gotta love the racing togs!

    Gotta love the racing togs!
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    Glad everyone was okay. That being said, great...

    Glad everyone was okay. That being said, great pictures! Congratulations to the photographer. Not only can you see it, but hear and feel it.
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    I keep looking for Dan Futrell in these old...

    I keep looking for Dan Futrell in these old Rooster Tails, but he hasn't turned up. He raced out of Nashville, Arkansas, in the late 1950's, ran a D-Hydro, Am-Pro; I'm not sure what else. Either he...
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    Wow, looks like a smooth ride, like sliding silk...

    Wow, looks like a smooth ride, like sliding silk across glass.
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    Great stuff! Thanks for doing this over the...

    Great stuff! Thanks for doing this over the years. I'm sure racers of all generations appreciate and have fun reading it.
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    Happy New Year, Y'all!

    Happy New Year, Y'all!
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    Yellow with blue numbers and trim: L-113! Well,...

    Yellow with blue numbers and trim: L-113! Well, maybe not. That Marchetti is newer than the ones we raced.
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    Before too much playing in the D hydro, make sure...

    Before too much playing in the D hydro, make sure the jacket floats you. When I first started racing in the late 60s, I wore a jacket that Dan Futrell gave me that he used in the 50s. The first time...
  23. Thread: Old Neal racer

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    Well, that didn't work (I had to back out and get...

    Well, that didn't work (I had to back out and get back in to check it), but if you Google "faa.gov ac 43.13-1b", the first two listings will get you to the manual, and the second listing (PDF) will...
  24. Thread: Old Neal racer

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    Huh. Weird. I can get it. Try this: ...

    Huh. Weird. I can get it. Try this:

    https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/.../99861
  25. Thread: Old Neal racer

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    Just for grins and fun reading, Google (or...

    Just for grins and fun reading, Google (or DuckDuckGo if you're mad at Google) FAA.Gov AC 43.13-1A. It's a handbook (Advisory Circular 43.13-1A, Acceptable Methods, Techniques, and...
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    Marine Stadium

    I sure enjoyed the 1956 article on the Alky Nationals. When I was a kid (see picture), my dad took us out to Marine Stadium to watch the races, and that's where he got the bug to race, which he did...
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    Humans are funny.

    Humans are funny.
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    Sticky: I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly...

    I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly "got it."
  29. Thread: 1975

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    Great story, Wayne. You should have fought the...

    Great story, Wayne. You should have fought the guy. Then your kids could have told stories about how their daddy fought a dragon. It wouldn't have made any difference if you won or lost--you fought a...
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    My nickname throughout high school and beyond was...

    My nickname throughout high school and beyond was "Stick." I got that nickname as follows. I, at eighteen, was out running around town, late at night, with some buddies, and we were drinking massive...
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    On a short course, with a full field of twelve...

    On a short course, with a full field of twelve boats, that could be fun!
  32. Thread: D-Day

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    D-Day

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    Here’s remembering D-Day, and here’s to our tough British and Australian cousins! “Here’s to you, and here’s to me. May we never disagree, but if we do (add expletive) here’s to me!” Guys...
  33. Thread: Jackie Wilson..

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    Sticky: Totally agree, Wayne.

    Totally agree, Wayne.
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    'Yer a natural, Wayne, and you just created a new...

    'Yer a natural, Wayne, and you just created a new style: Texas Haiku. But back to the Indy 500.
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    Or more to the point: The red Marchetti Hits...

    Or more to the point:

    The red Marchetti
    Hits a wake and rises
    To pirouette like a ballerina
    (splash).
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    That's right. It's a literary thread. I'll do my...

    That's right. It's a literary thread. I'll do my part; here's a haiku:

    Civilization,
    come here, old friend, and look, see
    your psychotic child.
  37. Well, I don't know anything about the Tohatsu,...

    Well, I don't know anything about the Tohatsu, but when I raced Mercs and Konigs, I found that I gained speed if I waxed the deck, vacuumed out all the dirt and gravel, mopped up all the coagulated...
  38. In 1969, at least for July and August, I was in...

    In 1969, at least for July and August, I was in San Antonio going through USAF basic training, and my pit crew buddy, Patrick, was with the Navy and based in Meridian, Mississippi. According to...
  39. Sorry to hear of your friend passing, Wayne, but...

    Sorry to hear of your friend passing, Wayne, but great to see your story continue. Yeah, Smitty, Burma Shave signs, for sure. Tom Waits wrote a great song back in the 70s called, "Burma Shave." You...
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    Sticky: I agree. The Duke is a great airplane, a real hot...

    I agree. The Duke is a great airplane, a real hot rod. I kept up with (maintained) four of them between 1981-1990. The TIO-541 screams like a looper beast. Most unique. More systems, more squawks, I...
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    Sticky: Great pictures of some amazing craftsmanship. If...

    Great pictures of some amazing craftsmanship. If you can keep that Duke flying, no doubt you'll have the looper beast screaming perfect harmony in no time.
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    Dortch?

    Dortch?
  43. Great stories, Wayne. Glad to see you back on it....

    Great stories, Wayne. Glad to see you back on it. Don't feel like the Lone Ranger about the college brainwashing. I came out of the University of Colorado convinced I was a communist and had two...
  44. That's right, Bill Van! We then painted it...

    That's right, Bill Van! We then painted it yellow and blue, but I still crashed it, breaking the "green" plexi-glass windshield that we replaced with clear, and then we were good to go...no more...
  45. I remember hearing that green was unlucky; while...

    I remember hearing that green was unlucky; while I never thought to ask why, being naturally superstitious, I've always avoided the color, whether on boat, car, or motorcycle. I've wondered, though,...
  46. Thanks, Wayne! I'm going to be hanging out at...

    Thanks, Wayne! I'm going to be hanging out at the mailbox awaiting the Master Oil. As soon as it comes in, I'm going to rub some on my knees.
  47. Wayne, I guess we never pitted close enough to...

    Wayne, I guess we never pitted close enough to you guys to get a free sample of Master Oil, or we would have tried it. As aircraft mechanics, we did use Mouse Milk where high heat was a factor:...
  48. Wayne, it took me a month, but I’m caught up on...

    Wayne, it took me a month, but I’m caught up on “Baldy,” all four years. Again, it’s a great story; I especially enjoyed the “On the Road” parts. You’re a regular boat-racing Jack Kerouac. As I...
  49. I'm about a third of the way through your story,...

    I'm about a third of the way through your story, Wayne, and it's great story, for sure. Very clean writing. About the Marioneaux props, we ended up with a couple buckets of them, along with much of...
  50. Wayne, I got on intending to add to my thread,...

    Wayne, I got on intending to add to my thread, but ended up on yours and starting from the top, so I'm still a few years behind. Amazing what shared experiences boat racers have, from airplanes to...
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