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    Default 1957 Russ, Jr.

    My brother won at Brawley, in 1956. The lake is just like it was in 1957....One of the few places in California that hasn't changed....I plan to offer Imperial County a dollar for the lake...If private ownership was allowed they area would BLOOM.....

    The bottom picture is at the San Diego Food Control Channel, 1956, my brother is running Ed Kuracowa's Morehouse and his Hubbell PR...This is only Hubbell PR that was built completly from Hubbell parts. My dad bought every piece new from Pep and assembled this motor...

    The motor is still in the barn, where it was placed in 1957.....
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    Default About 1960

    This is my brother, at San Diego again, but it is 1960, as he got his Sid Craft after the 1959 Nationals in Seattle...

    444 is Kenny Pyle and driving the cab over is Gary Ferguson, who is the head tooler at Advantage Boats in Lake Havasu...Gary is and was quite a boat designer....
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    Default The Puddle, 1952

    This is my brother, Russ Hill, Jr. with his girl friend...Phyllis Winger. Phyllis was the only woman in John Wayne's movie, Island in the Sky...Russ and his good friend John Drake both dated Phyllis....Maybe, you can see why!!!
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    Default Christmas Day, 1955

    We raced 39 straight weeks. The Old Man inspected every week. It was live TV in those days...Speedboat Rodeo KTLA-TV Channel 5...
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    Default More Speedboat Rodeo...

    11 year old Ronnie Hill wins AU...It was only after I won High Point that they decided I was a year too young to race...So, they beached my dad for ayear....APBA lost a motor inspector for a year...Lucky for me, I finally grew into my ears and feet...
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    Default Testing...

    My dad always said that races were won in the garage, we just proved it at the race course..He even tested alone, at Lake Elsinore. Testing alone was a family no, no...But sometimes you've got to make sure those new Turner pistons will work...

    Evinrude 6042, DeSilva runabout...Forever Amber....(In silver Leaf)...
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    Default This Picture

    This picture was taken by the Mirror Daily News on February 24, 1956. It appeared in an article written about the HILL FAMILY!!!

    The engine is my dad's Six Stud, an Evinrude 6042 engine!!!!
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    Default My Old Man's Test Wheel

    I've been told that my dad didn't invent the Test Wheel, but he may have been the first one to ever try and market them...Here, from 1951 is my dad's "Steadi-Pull."
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    Default Havasu 1967

    Twin Engine Glastron powered by Evinrude X-115's built by Ray Nydahl....Second Overall, First Twin, $8,500 in cash...and a lot in Havasu City...
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    Default Mod-VP, Havasu 1982...

    I think this is 1982...19 Foot Daytona Eliminator, powered by a Russ Hill. Sr. 235 Evinrude...We lead, until the throttle wire pulled out...96 MPH with 55 gallons of gas...

    The OLD MAN loved to build motors...We had five 235's at this time...OMC learned somethig from us...it was called how to buy LA SLEEVES and re sleeve your block!!!!

    NOTE: Young man in the boat is John Soares...He drove the Lucas Oil boat at Parker this October...Kneeling is my dad, behind him is Fred Hauenstein...Freddy is telling my dad, it wasn't his fault we'd lost...
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