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    Default Molinari Racing Boat History

    In my opinion the Molinari tunnel boats built at the famous Lake Como in the northern part of Italy is a big part of outboard racing history.

    I was to young when tunnel boat racing started but have been told that Dieter Schulze was the first tunnel boat builder and Angelo Molinari started just after.
    I am pretty good at Molinari boats in the seventies and the eighty's but not in the sixties. Pretty sure there is plenty of people that can fill in from the sixties.

    Molinari switched from Mercury Outboards to Evinrude Outboards late 1976..but please do not make a big deal if those Molinari boats was powered by a Merc in-line 6, V6 or the OMC V-4/V-6/V-8.
    There was also plenty of Molinari boats in the OE/F-3 class..
    Here is one example..My own black OE/F-3..powered by a Volvo Penta/Konig. The year is 1977.

    First a beautiful picture from Lake Como.
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    One setback buying a race boat from Molinari was that you have to race him..and Renato always raced the absolutely latest he built..
    Yes..he was racing OE/F-3 also.
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    Racing people has always speculated in how much money OMC paid Molinari to switch from Mercury Racing to Evinrude Racing late 1976.

    I think OMC paid him lots of money..


    Here is my take why..

    January 1 1977 OMC started there own distribution in every country in Europe.
    OMC needed something big to get Evinrude/Johnson dealers excited about the new
    plan.. OMC Sweden, OMC France, OMC Germany etc.

    There was only two big markets in Europe where OMC kept the local distributor..
    Ital-Marine was still the Evinrude importer in Italy and a local importer in Spain..
    (I think the name was Motomaso)

    OMC made a big deal about getting the World famous Italian boat racer/builder at the same time they presented the new OMC in Europe to all the dealers.

    We can always guess how many millions of dollars OMC paid..but only Renato knows..!!
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    Default Stockholm Six Hour Grand Prix 1968

    Yes..there was a six hour race in Stockholm, Sweden 1968.
    3 hours on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday.

    The winner was Renato Molinari in his #34 Molinari/Merc
    See attached picture..it is Renato on top of the Merc..sorry for Swedish.

    Second picture is # 51 Carlo Rosini from Italy. Also in a Molinari /Merc at the Stockholm Six Hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    Yes..there was a six hour race in Stockholm, Sweden 1968.
    3 hours on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday.

    The winner was Renato Molinari in his #34 Molinari/Merc
    See attached picture..it is Renato on top of the Merc..sorry for Swedish.

    Second picture is # 51 Carlo Rosini from Italy. Also in a Molinari /Merc
    I think it is so cool that during this era, Mercury built the motors, but if you wanted to WIN, you ran a Record prop. When I figure out what "RADICE" knew (He built Cary, Rolla and Record props) I will have arrived. Scotti won Havasu 1969 with Record Props. My Record props were 10 MPH faster than OMC's wheels in 1970.

    Thanks for posting Lars.

    ADD;

    Carlo Rosini was a banker! He had the best looking daughter in the world!
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    Carlo Corbetta from Brazil in his Molinari/Merc 1000 BP
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    Another Swede..Ulf Backman when he wasn't driving his Molinari-Evinrude Ulf was a commercial pilot for SAS..Scandinavien Airlines..

    Well..not 100% sure..before my time in racing but I think this is Ulf´s Molinari #24..but it could be his Schulze..I do know the picture is from Paris Six Hours and Ulf drove all the six hours by himself.
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    Default Record Props

    Sidestepping the thread from Rons "Record" prop line.

    I was over at Don Hendriches home in Lake Villa, Illernoyzz picking up a chopper prop he worked his magic on for me....He was at his kitchen table sitting with Ziggy drinking some scotch with their wives. Since I had come over to pick up my prop, we talked props breifly. I made a comment to him about if you wanted tom make your OMC motor run to its potential it seemed you had to run either a Record, or a Merc prop. Understandably he became somewhat defensive, Ziggy said a few lines, and the jist I got was that he may have been held back from doing what he knew best at OMC. I could be really wrong and off base here, but, if thats not so, how come I could buy a Record, or a Merc prop and gain exactly what Ron said, 8-10 MPH???? We moved on, Ziggy sipped the scotch again looks at Don and says, "Damn this is good booze" I paid Don and drove home to put the prop on and try it out.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    Thanks Ron..another thing I missed in the sixties..I never meet her at the Six Hours of Stockholm 1968..!!
    You missed a treat Lassie----beautiful inside and out, as were her brothers Roberta and Mario.
    Did a swop with father Carlo------his kids stayed at my house to learn English--(after we had been vetted by GIGI, Carlo's minder) and my eldest daughter stayed with them at his castle in Trento.

    By the way ---it was JULIO Corbetta !!!!!!!! Good friend of Billy and my boy Mark.

    There was a race in Stockholm before 1968---------was either 66 0r 67 Won by Don Ross driving his yellow 16' LEVI, "GAWD-L-PUS"

    Not being belligerent Lassie------"just the facts man---nothing but the facts".

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    Stockholms GP 1968 Complete program with entry list


    http://svera.se/blogg/smorgardsbord/...plett-program/


    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    Yes..there was a six hour race in Stockholm, Sweden 1968.
    3 hours on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday.

    The winner was Renato Molinari in his #34 Molinari/Merc
    See attached picture..it is Renato on top of the Merc..sorry for Swedish.

    Second picture is # 51 Carlo Rosini from Italy. Also in a Molinari /Merc at the Stockholm Six Hours.
    Lars Strom

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