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    This map shows the approximate locations of the boat racing rival shops, of cousins Renato Molinari and Cesare Scotti.
    Lake Como one of the picturesque areas of northern Italy, where wooden tunnel boats had some of its earliest evolution.Name:  Lake Como race shops map..jpg
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    Very cool stuff... lots of history here.
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    Default Molinari hull debut in USA 1966, piloted by Roy Ridgell, Mercury factory race driver.

    The single powered Mercury outboard impressed the competitors and media. After this 1966 race, eventually begun Mercury Marine Racing interest to partner with Renato Molinari. A winning partnership of Molinari hulls and Mercury outboards, both evolving. One in aerodynamic design, the other in prop-shaft power increase.

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    Overhead view of Roy Ridgell driving the Molinari hull boat# 888. Finishing 6th overall in the Miami to West Palm Beach race 1966, and back to Miami the following day.
    After the impressive finish by the single outboard, Mr K (Kiekhaefer, Mercury's President & Founder) told Roy not to trailer the boat at the Miami race finish dock. So Roy drove the boat to a local marina and docked there. Carl Kiekhaefer saw an evolution transpiring, and he did not want the Miami competitors and media, to get an unobtrusive view, of tunnel boat's future.

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    Angelo and Renato
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    Default Molinari tunnel hull skiff

    Page 3 of this thread, 2nd post, 4th picture shows a small chase boat. I believe it is also a Molinari hull based on this boat for sale in Augusta, Georgia (Pictured)
    https://augusta.craigslist.org/boa/d...965790883.html

    Anyone familiar with the Molinari pleasure boats know if this is a fast hull, or just a necessary boat for testing the real race boats?
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    Default Angelo Molinari & Deiter Schulze were pioneers of tunnel boats powered by outboards.

    In an earlier post Cees vander Veldon talks about entering the race boat building business, and becoming a rival builder to the Molinari hull. Well before Cees was a rival, Deiter Schulze was a 1960's rival to the Molinari hull.

    Here are some photos of Deiter in America at a race. And also the 1968 Paris results, when Schulze cats finished 2nd & 3rd to Renato Molinari.

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    "Chasewater 500" 1970 was very interesting reading for me.

    Back then I was working at Heidi Blomberg Marine outside Stockholm.
    As a 16 year old boy I was watching my boss Bengt Blomberg and his wife Heidi racing those nice Schulze cats with Merc engines.
    Heidi was born in Austria next to Dieter Schulze and I remember Dieter visiting the marina in Sweden where I was working.

    Here is a few pictures of Bengt Blombergs Schulze cats and the letter from him to me..
    You can see Heidi, (Bengts wife) driving the yellow OI 19 cat..
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    Default 1965 to 1972 the evolution design of Molinari tunnel race boats.

    Here are some Molinari tunnel race boats, in design time-frame sequence.

    Boat 888 the 1965 - 1966 look.
    Boat 46 the 1967 - 1968 look.
    Boat 12 the late 1960's design.
    Picklefork 1972 - 1973 design.

    Renato Molinari on one of his first pickleforks, leaves the Como shop heading out on Como Lake to test.
    Boat 888 the first Molinari hull to race in the USA. Piloted by Mercury factory team driver Roy Ridgell.

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