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    Tonight's history is on Harry Bartolomei

    Tonight's history is on Harry Bartolomei. The first part is thanks to Ralph DeSilva (Ralph just celebrated his 99 birthday on June 1, 2021 - next year he can get started on his 2nd hundred) The last...
  2. Needles 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck Restoration: Jimbo and Cathy McConnell

    Needles 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck Restoration: Jimbo and Cathy McConnell
    Marianne Willis Jones Needles 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck Restoration Group Great News! The first goal is...
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    A Bill Jack Rucker Sr. Story By Ron Hill

    Easter week, 1963, was a crazy time in Newport Beach, California. Thousands of people came to New Port for "Bal Week"... (Balboa Island). I headed down to the Newport Peninsula on Friday night in...
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    Ted May and the London Bridge

    Havasu is sponsoring a 50 anniversary of the London Bridge. There will be an NGK Race and Bill Seebold's Reunion.
    I was in the bar at the Paris, France Hilton when Jr. and Sr. McCulloch came it...
  5. Ralph Donald, Marietta,Georgia and Naples, Florida

    RALPH DONALD, (Marietta, Georgia) NAPLES, FLORIDA December 17, 1930 (90) Phone interview Saturday January 10, 2021 1 – Ralph first met Walt Blankenstein at McAlester, Oklahoma at the NOA World...
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    Eric Paul Wolfe

    " a little history" Part 58 Eric Paul Wolfe, Syracuse, N.Y. 2

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    Dale Hoffert, Bradford, Illinois

    "a little history" Part 59 Dale Hoffert, Bradfort, Illinois (57 August 20


    The “a little history” series will resume August 5, 2021 as I shall be at DePue, Illinois for the Pro Outboard...
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    Karl Williams Does Rex Hall, Jr.

    Tonight “a little history” will feature Rex Hall, Liberty, Missouri (9/2/43)


    The first time I seen Rex Hall at a boat race was at DePue, Illinois. His boats were blue, he carried a tool belt and...
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    Matt Dagostino, Age 63, Bowie, Maryland

    Thanks to Matt for providing his racing history with photos. 2nd thanks goes to his friend Dave Riser for providing additional information and photos. By Karl Williams
    Matt Dagostino, Age 63,...
  10. Contact Tim Seebold: This is an NGK Series Race

    I know you have patrolled at Parker...Contact Timmy.
  11. Formula 1 Havasu Race October 15-17, 2021 and Bill Seebold's Reunion

    Lake Havasu Classic Racers Reunion
    hosted by Bill Seebold
    The NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Championship series would like to formally invite
    each one of you to join us in beautiful Lake...
  12. Parker 9 Hour 1968: Fred Hauenstein and Ron Hill Drive the DeSilva Wing

    I think we saw 94 MPH, that year. Ray Nydahl had seen 100 MPH on his Keller in the Switzer Wing that Ted May and <b style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;...
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    Needles Marathon 1960

    My brother was very intelligent, he skipped 2nd and 3rd grade. He was much like Young Sheldon. He was great for boat racing politics but as a boat driver.....Saying he "Sucked" would be a complement....
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    The Man is Not Wilbur McDonald??

    I did not think that was Wilbur, probably a customer.
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    MCDonal Cabover and Calkins Runabout

    It looks like a Calkins runabout, but it is for sure and McDonald cabover. Mac McDonald was an artist with wood. I think, Mac "Wilbur" McDonald was also a postman. I don't think these are Mac's...
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    When I was a Kid, Like 5-7 Year Old, McDONALD PHANTOM'S Were Fastest

    Rocky Stone would come to SoCal and race the Hearst Regatta. William Randolph Hearst owned the Hearst Newspaper business. The races drew 35,000 spectators.

    Rocky came down from Oregon 4 or 5...
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    191 Is Jimbo in the Goat Boat

    JIMBO and Bob Nagote built at least two of these "Goat Boats". Wilbur McDonald had nothing to do with these boats.
  18. Thread: Speed Classic

    by Ron Hill
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    It isn't California, but Post Galveston Hurricane

    We were in Galveston eating breakfast in this little old trailer/cafe. The cook was a "Crack Up", he was turn the pork chops over with his fingers. Next to the cafe was like three blocks of...
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    Nitro Gearcase Usually are broken when I see them.

    I know there are a lot of Nitro gearcases out there. It seems these might be well worth a try!
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    Tana Moore Helped Me More Than Words Can Say

    5 years ago when I started the book, I really hadn't really thought about my dad. As I wrote, and with Tana pointing it out, I never had really ever thought about how close I was with my dad and...
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    Order 100 Books 10/12/20 Ron Hill Here!

    I will post Hill Marine's address:

    2683 Halladay Santa Ana, CA 92705

    $29.95 free shipping......

    Rusty Rae once told me if everyone was like me, he'd be a millionaire. I bought more Speed...
  22. I Was "TICKED" Off with Pop Smith For Awhile

    I got "TICKED OFF" with Pop Smith in 1963. I was sending props to Pop, and buying props. When I got to the Boston Nationals, every C Runabout except Joe Schulte, had a Smith Kamic, LIKE mine. ...
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    Maybe Give The Books Away: Ron Hill Here!

    But charge $30 for the autograph! All profits are going to Tana Moore's dog park of choice.
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    Signed Ones Come from Me Direct

    I have some coming, I can sign one for you and others...no problem.
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    Ron Hill's Book: Ron Hill Here!

    https://www.lulu.com/en/en/shop/ron-hill/ron-hill-here/paperback/product-vq22k8.html?fbclid=IwAR2r1RwLeQt5_C4m3hNGG4VjKSuzEn2W0XYfM4dZ4W3OpwByHc60oBgHFX4

    128 pages of fun reading!

    Thanks to...
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    Part 19: Doug Overbury

    Doug Overbury
    Born in Lachine, Quebec, March 18, 1950

    Married to Christina Overbury
    Two kids: Emily and Patrick
    Elementary School and High School in Quebec
    BASc (Mechanical Engineering)...
  27. Part 18: John, Ralph and Bill DeSilva Boats by Karl Williams

    Subject: "a little history" Part 18 -John, Ralph & Bill DeSilva, DeSilva Boats. John 1899 - 1969 , Ralph June 1, 1922 - (98), Bill June 15, 1926 - 1998

    John DeSilva (father) born: Bear Valley,...
  28. a llittle history" Part 13 J. Leslie St. Pierre by Karl Williams

    a little history" Part 13 J. Leslie St. Pierre, Verdun, Quebec/Rouses Point, N.Y./Bradenton, Florida

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    PART 9: Ron France

    Addendums:Part 5 - Jones - O’Dea Red Head - this will be at the bottom as the Vic Scott advertisement is large.Part 6 - Grove, Oklahoma - man and wife driving in the same race - Fred Mathews and his...
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    A Little History: Part 15 John Webster

    "A Little History" Part 15 - John Webster, Toronto, Ontario, Canada







    Many thanks to Ted Abel for providing a copy of John’s Eulogy that I shall use in its entirety.
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    The Hill Family Karl Williams Part 14

    “A Little History" Part 14 - The Hill Racing Family - California


    A long informative phone call (2-1/2 hrs +) with Ron Hill this past Tuesday afternoon resulted in a lot of information on the...
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    Karl Williams to Ted Abel Part 4.

    Karl Williams to Ted Abel Part 4.


    In the late 40’s and early 50’s the Johnson SR was primarily run on hydros. (“B” hydro) The SR on a runabout (“B” runabout) was never a class listed in the APBA...
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    No, Ron Hill Can't...

    We raced Stock Motors or serious modified alky burners. I have never heard of a Dirty 30. Tim Weber might be right, 20-H gears in a "C" foot...I know down Oklahoma way they did some strange stuff.
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    Karl Williams Part 3

    For Part 3 I am going to take the easy road and use the information from Ted's emails in his own words. (results of working in the racing shop too late tonight)


    In future “a little history”...
  35. "A Little History" Part 11 Stan G. McDonald, Maxville, Ontario, Canada 1894 - 1993

    "a little history" Part 11 Stan G. McDonald, Maxville, Ontario, Canada 1894 - 1993 (99 years)

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    Karl Williams: Part 6

    Karl Williams: Part 6


    I was at the Grove, Oklahoma boat races last Thursday - Sunday and was not able to email part 6.


    Addendum concerning the Jones - O’Dea Red Head kit: After...
  37. Les St. Pierre: Occupation: Railroad engineer for Canadian Pacific Railroad

    https://data.mail.yahoo.com/xobni/v4/contacts/d4bc.d772/photo?spsize=80X80&fallback_url=https%3A%2F%2Fs.yimg.com%2Fdh%2Fap%2Fsocial%2Fprofile%2Fprofile_a64.png&alphatar_photo=true&appId=YMailNorrin&ba...
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    Karl Williams: Part 6

    I was at the Grove, Oklahoma boat races last Thursday - Sunday and was not able to email part 6.


    Addendum concerning the Jones - O’Dea Red Head kit: After communicating with Dick O’Dea with...
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    Karl Williams Part 5 Westerman Jones

    My plan was to keep these “a little history” emails fairly short. This is one guy a novel of 200 pages would not cover his life and accomplishments.

    The Jones family of wooden barrel makers came...
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    Karl Williams to Ted Abel #2

    Mon, Jul 27, 2020






    Before I get into part 2 I have additional information regard Bill Wells and Marcel LeBerge from Part 1.

    Attaching photos: Bill Wells testing on the Thames River in...
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    Karl Williams to Ted Abel Part 1

    Photo is Bill Wells, London, Ontario, Canada at Valleyfield, Quebec 1956.
    Class “C” Hydro. Engine Johnson PR-65 on a boat of his own design and build. (Bill also designed and built a hydro for his...
  42. Thread: 1958

    by Ron Hill
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    Same Gary Ferguson

    Gary lives in Havasu. He worked for Advantage Boats for many years. He designed and built the Advantage Party Cat. A very talented guy. He worked for Art Carlson when there was a Glastron...
  43. Thread: 1958

    by Ron Hill
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    Might Be A Different Gary Ferguson

    Where was Gary working?
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    Johnson and Evinrude 13 Splined Propellers for 75-140 by Hill Marine

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Signature-Performance-Drag-3-Propeller-14-X-24-P-70-140-HP-Evinrude-/153815669292?vxp=mtr&hash=item23d020da2c

    Don'y buy from E-Bay. by directly from me at Hill Marine. ...
  45. Jan Schoonover from Lima, Ohio

    The Dutchman boats were built by Jan Schoonover from Lima, Ohio. Bill Petty owned a Dutchman hull, he was from Ohio, too.

    It does not look like Bill Petty for Wapakoneta, Ohio.

    X-115 came out...
  46. Negative is In Backward: Maybe Canton, Ohio, 1967

    I have not been to Canton , Ohio since 1967, but the Hustler has two X-115's and they were new in '67. Looks like Canton, as I remember it.

    Negative is in backward as he would not be racing that...
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    Sticky: An Amazing Story Part 1 and Par 2 12/3019

    This is just a cover thread to reduce the number of stuck threads at the top of the forum. Links to all of the sections are found here.

    An Amazing Story Part 1(Historical)

    An Amazing Story Part...
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    An Amazing Story : Part 2 12/3019

    We pick up where Wayne left off on <a href="http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=62083&amp;postcount=558" target="_blank">An Amazing Story: Part2</a><br>
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    New posts for the thread...
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    WOA: Western Outboard Association

    WOA was considered an "Out Law" club. They made their own rules and McCullough Outboards kind of "Bank Rolled" them. One rule, APBA racers didn't like was the fact that they raced class by...
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    1960 Beloit DSH

    As I recall, the two boys from Seattle with Sid Crafts were fast. I also recall that one of the two got his left side sponson knocked off in the first turn, but he finished the heat with no sponson...
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