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    Default Bud David Kilo Trials 1973

    This picture was on the cover of the Propeller: It said, Referee, Forest Miller, Region 11 Chairman, Henry Wagner, Outboard Vice President, William Fales and Bud Davis. It should have said, Bud David for whom the kilos were named and for whom the Memorial Time Trials are named.

    Henry is seated with the short black hair.

    Bud used to run the scanner for the kilos, he always told me he got my engine going into the kilo and the bow coming out. I often wondered if 26 feet really made a difference. (13 feet each way, actually.) I do know he missed my *** many times, when I thought I had made a "PERFECT" RUN. They'd announce, "Sorry Ron, we missed you. You can go back and give it another try."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_E71 View Post
    Ron, we were talking about exactly the same thing last weekend. My dad was saying that the season started in late April with a race every weekend and finished up in Elizabeth City, NC (fast water there...) the first weekend in October. Racing some weekends in a different place Sunday than you were Saturday. Hell, even in '73, the Region 3 & 4 schedule is still pretty full.
    It pales in comparison to some but, 2018 will be 60 unbroken years for us and 4 generations.
    In my own opinion, if we had all the time and money spent on boat racing, yeah, we'd have A LOT more time and money but we'd be poorer for the experiences we missed and the real friends we didn't make.

    Not sure why but the next issue is my all time favorite Propeller
    Dave and Ron , back then school was over for the summer and with it school sports as well. However , now , there is club volleyball and ASA softball and AAU basketball and 7 on 7 football that keeps kids and families busy all summer. If you miss a town league game it may not have been an issue , but miss one these organized events and you may lose a spot on a team. My family was no different. It takes a lot of time and money , all summer long , to get kids to practice and weekend tournaments. Many parents feel if their child is able to get a college scholarship than that time is well spent. So families that may have , in years past, attended boats races now may have to pick and choose races to attend based on their kids schedules. I am not saying it is right or wrong , just a shift in times.

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    Default July 1973

    Here is the July 1973 edition pages 1-10.
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    Default July 1973

    July Issue pages 11-20
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    One of the reasons I enjoy the BRF website is the history that can be found on its pages. It is important to preserve as much of it as we can so future generations of racers and fans can go back and look at the history of the sport. So if something in these editions of Propeller jogs a memory please feel free to share it as Wayne and Ron have.

    One thing that stands out to me as I have read through the 1973 editions is how dominant , perhaps to strong a word , Tommy Hooten was in the hydro classes. He had plenty of wins but also numerous top 3's.
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    You're right Dale. Tommy was a great competitor. We had a lot of good races together. Sometimes he would win, sometimes I would win. Sometimes someone else would, but unless someone broke down or jumped the gun, we would always be right up there. Tommy did some long haul trucking of cattle. One time in the 1970's he came down to South Texas and on the way to the Rio Grande Valley he stopped in to see me and my Dad Baldy.



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    Default August 1973

    Here is the August 1973 edition , pages 1-10
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    Default August 1973

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    Default September 1973

    Here is the September 1973 edition pages 1-10 , inside you will find the recap of the Outboard Nationals from DePue and the Inboard Nationals from Dayton Ohio.
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