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    Default Dick O'Dea Gentleman Boat Racer

    My brother is writing the definition of a GENTLEMAN BOAT RACER, but for now, I will say that I know Dick O'Dea is one.

    An example of why he's a GENTLEMAN. At the 1954 Stock Outboard Nationals in DePere, Wisconsin, Dick had my dad measure his "B" foot before the race. My dad passed the foot. Dick ran the foot in "B" and won his qualifying heat. His foot was protested because it had a bushing cone, not a needle bearing. Dick was disqualified, as a bushing cone had never come on a 20-H.

    My dad felt bad. Dick said, I didn't ask Russ if the cone was legal, I asked about the foot's measurements. Dick and my dad were friends for many years after the DePere Nationals..

    Just one example of Dick's Sportamanship and of being a Gentleman racer...

    AB Swift Hydro, KG-7 Mercury...Won the Kiekhaefer Trophy in 1953-54 with this rig..
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    Default 9 1/2 Sid Craft A Stock Hydro...

    Powered by a Konig A, UIM and APBA Kilo Record of 72.94, Norristown, PA, November 1961...

    This is a CLASSIC O'DEA picture with the big steering wheel... I remember his D Stock Hydro, I think it had the same steering wheel..

    He could drive. He could build engines...


    Anyone have O'Dea's e-mail??
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    Default 12 Foot Sid Craft

    Dick writes, "Sid-Craft cab over with Mark 75-H. Boat ran in the high 90's and threw prop blades. Broke 3 or 4 props in a few days testing in Florida. Boat would not turn. Won a couple of races in this boat, but it was a bear to drive."

    He did not date the picture...
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    Default Missing from all time racers list

    After gaging on all the castrol I realized that Georga Andrews was missing from the list. I remember seeing the sid race on the lakes of Forked river in NJ in the 60s (wicked fast but didn't turn on those tight courses). I also remember seeing George race it against the garveys in Barnegat bay and take a very respectable 3rd.

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    dICK oDEA, WAS A TRUE GENTLEMAN, ALWAYS HAD A FINE BLONDE AT THE RACES AS WELL AS A BRAND NEW CADDY TO PULL HIS RIG, EXCELLENT MACHINIST, AND ONE HARD COMPETITOR, SOMETHING ALSO DIFFERENT ABOUT HIS SID CRAFTS WAS ALMOST ALL HAD THE WHEEL MOVED FORWARD A FEW INCHE TO ACCOMIDATE HIS SMALL SIZE

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    Default Dick O'Dea... Reunion Pictures

    John Schubert has been looking for a good picture of Dick O'Dea for the reunion...and he sent me these...I just had to post them...

    Last picture is John Schubert and Dick...
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    Default Dick O'Dea 1951

    Hi Ron,
    I'm one of your BRF followers and enjoy it very much. Thanks for all you're doing.
    I was going through some of my pics from my stock outboard days (in the 50's) and the attached photo was among them. I'm not sure if was one of my photos or if it came from elsewhere but I think it was 1951 and I think it was at the Northeast Divisional Championships at Rochester,NY. I remember Edgar Rose was the inspector and many people found out just what the Rule Book meant!
    Dick would occasionally come to Upstate NY in those days and he would run all the classes. I'm not sure he was even old enough to have driver's license !

    Stew Sill............Sodus Point, NY
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    Default Dick O'Dea (world speed record)

    Dick O'Dea Mod U World Record....George, Dick, Bill, John
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    Was that boat owned by Bob Holloway before Dick O'Dea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MN1 View Post
    Was that boat owned by Bob Holloway before Dick O'Dea?
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    No,, Dick got it new. I can remember going over to his home and setting the seat to fit me.

    John

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