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Thread: Byrne/George Taylor Family Racing History -- 1948 to 1963

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    Some more memorabilia from EZ --

    Leesburg Races from 1948.
    My dad is listed in the C hydro entry list
    at the bottom.
    Some well known racers listed also. Like the Hagood Brothers and Joe Swift.

    The Venetian Gardens race location is only about
    8 miles from where we currently live.

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ezryder View Post
    I'm "all ears" if someone can guide me as how to make newspaper clippings readable.
    EZ

    To start with, we would have to know what software you are trying to use. There are probably 500 different programs out there.
    Since 1925, about 150 different racing outboards have been made.


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    Hi Sam,
    Here's what I have for software:

    XnView -- which I am by far the most familiar with.

    Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 -- don't really know much about how to use this program.

    And my scanner is an HP PSC 1310 series printer/scanner
    combo.
    EZ

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    What software do you use while scanning?
    Since 1925, about 150 different racing outboards have been made.


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    The software that comes with the HP Printer/scanner.
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    OK, good. Hopefully someone else using the same software can help you with the settings.

    In the mean time, if you just scan stuff big, you can email it to me and I can size it to show up good here on BRF

    email to me at Mark75H@verizon.net
    Since 1925, about 150 different racing outboards have been made.


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    Some more ramblings from EZ ---

    My mom was none too happy when she was so rudely introduced to the world of boat racing on that Christmas day
    back in '47!
    Just imagine her shock when she realized that dad had just purchased a complete racing package.
    Four Motors --- Evinrude "M" for me. And a KR, SR and PR for
    him!
    And three hydros, to boot! A Mishey for me. A Fillinger A/B Hydro and a Swift (one off) C hydro for his motors.
    And a large custom trailer built by Joe Swift.

    After a period of time passed (and dad recovered from his injurys! ;>) she finally came onboard and the Taylor Team was borne!

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    Upps, hit the wrong button and I wasn't finished yet!

    Now I was only 8 years old so I had not yet become totally dedicated to the sport. I didn't really get to that point until I was around 12 years old. That's when I began to realize that I seemed to have a knack for the sport.

    So I was not a "regular" at every race my dad went to. But I sure remember the first M Hydro race I ever went to. It was in
    the early part of 1948. The race was held in Pensacola, Fla.

    By some totally "blind luck", I guess, I won the first race I ever competed in! I don't recall the details, except remembering that it was quite rough that day. And It was a race in salt water.
    My guess is I most likely "backed" into winning by surviving.
    And I remember I was a big "hit" to all the kids that were watching. I remember a bunch of them following me up the
    beach as Dad brought my boat back in.
    My mom took 8mm movies of all this. I still have them. But have not viewed them in probably 30 years. They may not even be usable any longer, as it was color film.

    Then I hit a LONG dry spell before my next win!!

    To be continued ****

    I've attached some clippings of a race on Late Stark in Ocoee, FL back in 1948
    These guys were all friends of my dad.
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    Here's the Program from that day in Lakeland back in '47 when the Taylor Racing Team was born in my dad's mind. Less than a year later it was a reality. This was the first race run on Lake Hollingsworth since the war was over.

    In 1936 the first race was run on Lake Hollingsworth. Over the next 5 years 16 new records were set on the perfect 8 pin one and two thirds mile course.
    There were no races run from 41 until 47 due to WWII.

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    Wow, can't believe all the kool old stuff I'm running into. Most of
    this stuff I've not seen in probably 30 to 40 years ago!
    I'm having "FUN"!
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