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    A Molinari/Mercury powered boat won again in Paris Six Hours 1968. The drivers was Renato and Leonardi.

    American drivers came in second and third..I think we know the one of them pretty good..!!


    I guess some of the Swedes did not turn very good..
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    This is from the Havasu race 1969. Renato drove a two engine boat but crashed..

    I got the pictures from Gene Lanham (Thank you) but have no more info.
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    My Italian friend Matteo Colombo just wrote this on FB... In 1969 at Havasu won his cousin Cesare!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    A Molinari/Mercury powered boat won again in Paris Six Hours 1968. The drivers was Renato and Leonardi.

    American drivers came in second and third..I think we know the one of them pretty good..!!


    I guess some of the Swedes did not turn very good..
    After the 1968 Six Hours of Paris ended, I went to buy a bottle of water, water was like five bucks, a bottle of wine was a dollar. So, I bought the wine. The wine bottle looked like a champagne bottle but it was just wine. I was taking a big drink of it when Ann Strang happened to walk by (Ann was Charlie Strang's mother, and most knew SHE ran the OMC race team....including me...). She said, "What are you celebrating, Mercury won?" I said, "Celebrate, hell....Those Mercury/Molinari's lapped me 7-8 times. The river is full of 'Crazy Sumbitches' going every which way but straight. I added, hell, I'm lucky to be alive." Ann looked at me, and said, "Give me a little drink."

    It didn't matter then and it doesn't matter now, but we ran second all day and got third. One lap, I went behind a river barge (The barge was between me and the scoring stand) and I didn't get counted.

    Lars, those pictures bring back memories of how rough The Paris Six Hour was in those days....

    How come you don't have any pictures of Rasini's daughter??? She was a beauty!!! She was going to college at teh University of Wisconsin, Madison and vowed not to return to Italy after graduation as she liked America. She could go places without a body guard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    This is from the Havasu race 1969. Renato drove a two engine boat but crashed..

    I got the pictures from Gene Lanham (Thank you) but have no more info.

    Here is a long video about the Havasu race 1969.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=ylE-w_38wOI#!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    Here is a long video about the Havasu race 1969.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=ylE-w_38wOI#!
    Very nice series of posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Hill View Post
    After the 1968 Six Hours of Paris ended, I went to buy a bottle of water, water was like five bucks, a bottle of wine was a dollar. So, I bought the wine. The wine bottle looked like a champagne bottle but it was just wine. I was taking a big drink of it when Ann Strang happened to walk by (Ann was Charlie Strang's mother, and most knew SHE ran the OMC race team....including me...). She said, "What are you celebrating, Mercury won?" I said, "Celebrate, hell....Those Mercury/Molinari's lapped me 7-8 times. The river is full of 'Crazy Sumbitches' going every which way but straight. I added, hell, I'm lucky to be alive." Ann looked at me, and said, "Give me a little drink."

    It didn't matter then and it doesn't matter now, but we ran second all day and got third. One lap, I went behind a river barge (The barge was between me and the scoring stand) and I didn't get counted.

    Lars, those pictures bring back memories of how rough The Paris Six Hour was in those days....

    How come you don't have any pictures of Rasini's daughter??? She was a beauty!!! She was going to college at teh University of Wisconsin, Madison and vowed not to return to Italy after graduation as she liked America. She could go places without a body guard!

    Ron, you're a big part of racing history. I'd also like to see Rasini's daughter since you've raved so much about her.

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    Lucky Molinari..Paris Six Hours 1969
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Strom View Post
    This is from the Havasu race 1969. Renato drove a two engine boat but crashed..

    I got the pictures from Gene Lanham (Thank you) but have no more info.
    Molinari Boats were more like stradivarius violins. Americans build boat like "Brick **** Houses" , Americans built boats to run through waves. Molinari built boat to play a "TUNE". They were build like a violin. They were like a ballet in action. I never played a violin, but I know they are delicate. Renato's "TWIN" probably weighed one fourth what the average American made "TWIN" weighed. I had a Hallett Four Point for the 1969 Havasu World Championships. I was running about 89 MPH. Renato's "TWIN" looked and sounded like 100 MPH. I'd run against Renato before and knew he liked to win. I have to admit, when Renato blew over "TESTING", it made me happy. I was glad Renato wasn't hurt, but I was glad he wasn't going to be in the race.

    His "Blow Over" was one hell of a crash!

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    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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