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    I have planned on doing this thread for years. I printed a few pictures along the way, and intended to add more as I scanned my photos looking for other pictures. I always bypassed the ones I found because I was in a hurry to scan and post the one I was looking for. I had this photo of Renato Molinari laying on the side of his tunnel resting before a heat. I was going to post it on Lars Strom's Molinari thread, but couldn't find it. I decided that I just need to get this thread started and put the old photos back into their bin. I will find the Molinari photo at some time and post it here, but I need to clean up and file my darkroom stuff so I can find everything again. Here's what this thread is about.

    You get to the race course. You're all excited. You look around. You either find some of you friends to pit next to, or you're a little late and the pits are crowded so you find some place that looks good. Once your trailer is parked, you wander around to see who is here and do a lot of talking with friends you come across. If you traveled a long way, some may not be expecting you and have a good surprise, others may know you are coming. Either way, it is good to see your friends again. Sometimes you may have gotten to the race course a day or two early, or maybe it's a local race and you drove in that morning. No matter. Everything still has to happen. You go to get registered then head back to your trailer You have to set up the sawhorses, take the boat(s) off the trailer and rig them up. If it's a pleasant morning, not too hot or windy, and the pits are good, it is a fine time to relax and rig up. Then, it's time to pick out the prop you want to try and go testing. Sometimes things just fall into place, and other times it seems like you just can't figure out why the setup is not what it should be. Anyway, you get it all worked out and wait for the driver's meeting that's coming up soon. After the announcement you go to where the meeting is to take place. If it's a major championships race and a lot of drivers, your pants and tennis shoes will quit dripping, but they will still be wet when the meeting is over.

    It's still before noon. Some drivers will eat. I think many will not. On many courses there is to be no noise on Sunday before Noon or later. There is always time after the driver's meeting and before the start that everything that needs to be done is done. Nothing else left to do except wait. Waiting can be hard. You are ready to race, but there is nothing you can do except wait. It will start at a certain time, and unless you still have some things to do.....you just sit and wait. Or I found out to be the cases.....lay down and rest. I will post some pictures of racers getting their peace of mind before the race, and I hope many of you out there might have some pictures to add as well.


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    This is one of Dan Kirts taken at Winona in 1975. He is laying under the boat. I submitted this photo to Powerboat with the caption "Dan Kirts decided to check the bottom of his hydro during the intermission." Powerboat didn't publish that one. My captions were always lousy anyway. I hated to write captions.
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    This is one of Tim Butts at the Eastern Divisionals at Springfield, Illinois in 1977. This was Tim's inaugural run in 700 hydro preparing for the OD World Championships to be held the following month in Dayton, Ohio. Tim was scared you-know-what to run OD as he told me later, but he was determined. He drove the V-8 boat he built for Joe Michelini. Dan Kirts told Tim. "Your'e not a D driver. You shouldn't be driving D hydro".
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    This is one of my future bride Debbie. I messed my neck up in a crash at Baytown, Texas on Memorial Day 1975. It was a while before I could get around again. I couldn't race because I had a neck brace, and could not even get out of bed without holding my head in my hand for support. When I could drive a car again with the brace, I went to every race I could. And I took the most pit pictures I ever did in 1975 because until the last race of the year, I did not get into a race boat.

    Debbie and I were at LaPorte, Texas for an OPC race. I had a lot of OPC friends I made during the 1972-73 racing season taking pictures for Harry Echols, editor of Motorsport Magazine. I kept up and built on those friendships in the OPC community and went to all the races I could if I wasn't away racing myself. After this particular race I wrote an article for Propeller that got me in trouble with a couple of guys at the Houston Boat Show a couple of months later.

    Debbie carried a bag with extra film, lens cleaner, filters, etc. We were halfway down the front Straightaway in a place I could get some good cornering shots. It was shaded and there was a place Debbie thought she could catch a few winks before the action started.
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    This is between heats of the APBA 700CC Hydro National Championships in Dayton, Ohio in 1980. My sister Jan took this photo while I was yawning. I have been known to lay down, but this one was when I was upright and ready for time to move on so we could race.
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    Wayne:

    The previous photo of you, Ruthie Butts, Joe Rhome, Tim Butts and Debbie reminded me of something Ruthie told my wife Eileen during this time frame.

    As is obvious from the photo, Tim was a good looking guy, (although I never knew or heard of him to take advantage of that with the fairer sex) and Ruthie told Eileen that it was somewhat disconcerting to be married to a man that was "prettier" than she was.

    Would be nice if Tim would come on BRF soemtime and share his thoughts with about that time the rest of us, as he did a lot for the sport with the Aerowing design.

    BTW, great photo of you, just like I remember with that expression.

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    I never heard Ruthie say that about Tim. Kinda funny. Tim, I don't think will come on BRF and share though. Some people just don't want to, like I don't want to join Facebook. As long as Tim will share stories from a phone call though, we can still get them out there. Another thread I think I will start soon, is about Ruthless/Loaner....a boat that was instrumental in Tim's meteoric ride to the top with his revolutionary Aerowing design.


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    Renato Molinari at the UIM OE World Championships at Dayton, Ohio. Grabbing a little rest before the action.
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    This is Terry Hoffman at the PRO Eastern Divisionals at Gadsden, Alabama in 1975. Dub Parker was the guy who brought racing to this fine course. This was my first race to attend after crashing a month earlier at Highlands (Baytown), Texas. Tim Butts was driving our stuff. Terry was part of Team Pandemonium out of Minneapolis along with Bruce Allman and Bob Smith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Oil Racing Team View Post
    Renato Molinari at the UIM OE World Championships at Dayton, Ohio. Grabbing a little rest before the action.
    That looks like Ward Cox sat on the side of Molinaris boat the OMC gearcase specialist.
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