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    I see my dad, Steve Ketzer, was elected to the...

    I see my dad, Steve Ketzer, was elected to the Pro Technical Committee, along with his buddy Bill Van. At that time, just returned from Iceland and out of the USAF, I, with wanderlust, had moved to...
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    Great Pictures! Those were the days!

    Great Pictures! Those were the days!
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    Ditto, Wayne. Next time I'm on a road trip near...

    Ditto, Wayne. Next time I'm on a road trip near the Lone Star State, I'll hunt you down. Yeah, we were running PRO and SS, hydro and runabout, four and sometimes five classes--I never worked so hard...
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    Great to see all those names again. Wonderful...

    Great to see all those names again. Wonderful times!
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    Thanks for this post with picture of my dad,...

    Thanks for this post with picture of my dad, Uncle Ed, and Vernon Ashley. I had seen the newspaper clipping, because Dad sent it to me (I was in Keflavik, Iceland, at the time with the USAF), but...
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    It was great to see Kid Smith’s name listed...

    It was great to see Kid Smith’s name listed several times. I recall being at a race in Oklahoma, and before it began, a rainbow developed. Kid and his little boy were sitting on the bank looking at...
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    I looked through my old club cards. The earliest...

    I looked through my old club cards. The earliest I have from the AOF "expired" in 12/72 and was signed by Richard Morris. The last expired 12/74 and was signed by Dudley Malone.
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    Thanks, Wayne. I knew you hablaed that Espanoly....

    Thanks, Wayne. I knew you hablaed that Espanoly. My dad wasn't the least bit political about boat racing. As long as he could race, he joined them all: NOA, AOF, APBA, OBRC, and then to race at home,...
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    As they say down in Wayne's part of the country,...

    As they say down in Wayne's part of the country, "Gracias!" I'll check it out.
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    My dad and I were members of the AOF during this...

    My dad and I were members of the AOF during this time. Looking forward to seeing more. Also, Tim Chance's, "Hydroplane Quarterly," was excellent and would I love to see more of it. I'll check to see...
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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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    I've raced some small boats, but never that...

    I've raced some small boats, but never that small. It looks like a lot of fun! I'll guess they're all homebuilts. Where are they racing?
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    Great stuff!

    Great stuff!
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    Looks like boat racing is alive and well in...

    Looks like boat racing is alive and well in Malaysia.
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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...
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    And if you see the hair on your arms...

    And if you see the hair on your arms disappearing, that would be fire, for which C Service are also notorious--in the sun, you can't see that alky burning.
  25. 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...
  26. 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
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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."
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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!
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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...
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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.
  39. 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...
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    Thunder at Tunk's

    I had a great time watching the races at Tunk's and working in the pits with the Kampen Racing Team, seeing Art again after all these years and meeting Keith and Steve. Boat racing sure has changed...
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    I'm sure everyone appreciates the update. I had...

    I'm sure everyone appreciates the update. I had already made reservations at the La Quinta in Alexandria, because they accept dogs, but changed it to the Best Western after the notice (the Best...
  42. 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...
  43. 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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    Never been there, but great pictures from Tunk's....

    Never been there, but great pictures from Tunk's. I hope to be there in May to watch the races. As for the clock, I'll have a check on its way soon and would encourage anyone who raced in Oklahoma,...
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    Heck, Wayne, if you're going, I'll definitely go....

    Heck, Wayne, if you're going, I'll definitely go. We need to round up Bill Van. He gone crickets again.
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    Checking it out on the Internet, Tunk's came into...

    Checking it out on the Internet, Tunk's came into being a year or two after the Ketzer Racing Team raced last in Alex, and, besides, at the time, we were just working class folks and spent all our...
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    Well, Bill Van, failing that, maybe we could show...

    Well, Bill Van, failing that, maybe we could show up at Alex, watch the races, and then hit a bar to toast boat racers and pit crew no longer with us. That's a lot of toasts, so we'd have to be...
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    Glad to hear Alexandria, one of the greatest boat...

    Glad to hear Alexandria, one of the greatest boat racing venues in the world, is back in business. Good luck!
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