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    Driver: Warren Spinnenweber and Rider: John Sherlock Sr.

    I was in the USMC and they borrowed my Switzer Shooting Star to run in the Albany to NYC Marathon. It was a tuff ride,,, a Switzer Star was not a good boat for this event. They finished and this was something to be proud of for that marathon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Sherlock View Post
    I remember my dad telling me he never thought they would make it across Havestraw Bay. When he got to NY he had to jump overboard because of all the gas on his butt from sitting on the gas tanks.
    John,
    Back in the 70's we ran two man runabout at a MOD race at Morris, Illinois. Gary Anderson and Dan Kennedy were running with a "C" MOD against a bunch of us with 44's. The boat as you can well imagine was kind of small for the two of them and Gary ended up sitting on the fuel tank. As the heat wore on the bouncing around in the cockpit, sitting on top of the tank caused the cap to come loose.

    Now Gary is a great guy and suffered from what many of us have come to now as the hangers. The gas found its way to those hangers and poor Gary could not hit the water fast enough and suffered the rest of the weekend because of it. OOOIIIIIEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    In loving memory

    Brandt Hilsen
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    Fatally injured racing CSH in Williamsport, Pa
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    Loss of a Legend
    Friday, June 2, 2006
    Legendary hydroplane builder Henry Lauterbach passed away last evening at a Virginia hospital.

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    I Just learn today That The father of Konny Motors has past after a long illness. The son Pavel Jr will carry on the business making outboards for racing and also parts for antique Konig Bikes. Steve

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    Sad news..TAF Driver Don Ermshar seriously injured

    Boat racer injured at Cowtown Drag Boat Nationals
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    Injuries in drag boat racing are often times much more dramatic than, say, a wrecked knee in football.

    They can actually be frightening.

    A big day at the races during the Cowtown Drag Boat Nationals at Marine Creek Lake turned scary when Don Ermshar lost control of his boat at the finish line of the Top Alcohol Flat finals.

    When Ermsharís craft skidded out of control across the water and broke into pieces just past the finish line, he became submerged in his boat capsule in about 30 feet of water.

    Rescue crews rushed to aid Ermshar, who was submerged in the water for about five minutes. Nervous fans and crew members watched anxiously as emergency personnel brought him to safety. The 66-year-old Riverside, Calif., resident didnít walk away from the accident. Race officials and a medic at the scene said he likely sustained broken arms and legs.

    He went by ambulance to Harris Methodist Fort Worth, but his injuries seem minor compared to the dramatic accident.

    But when youíre traveling more than 160 mph on a quarter-mile track things can go haywire.

    "He was going 161 miles per hour," said a race official. "He crossed the finish line, and looked to just lose it."

    Drag boat racing is essentially the NHRA on water. Safety has obviously been a big issue, and organizations such as the Southern Drag Boat Association, the governing body of this weekendís races, have taken steps to help ensure the well-being of the racers.

    Capsules, with a roll bar built in and a self-contained breathing system, now enclose drivers. The breathing system enables drivers who are submerged to breathe up to 20 minutes, said Tanya Ehrlich, the treasurer of the SBDA.

    The capsule is constructed of steel tubing with a fiberglass and Kevlar outer shell, and itís designed to break apart from the boat hull and engine in the event of an accident, just as Ermsharís did Sunday.

    "Thatís been the greatest discovery for this sport," said an SBDA official. "It has saved lives."

    Drivers are also required to wear helmets and goggles or some sort of device to protect their eyes. Many also wear suits made of fire retardant.

    Ultimately, like anything else, you canít live in fear. The show must go on, and it did Sunday.

    Don Bausher of Las Vegas drove Habit Forming to victory over Ermshar, the points leader in the Top Alcohol Flat division.

    In the top division, Top Fuel Hydro, Daryl Ehrlich of Round Rock and his Problem Child bested points leader John White of Leander.

    The series heads to Chouteau, Okla., Aug. 1-2 and back to Texas in Lubbock on Sept. 5-6.

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    Same thing happened to me in the late 80s running SST140 in Augusta. Didn't worry about the fire hazard due to sitting in several gallons of high octane. Pulled into the ramp area after the heat and jumped in the water then undressed in the ambulance.
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    John,
    Was the Albany to NYC race your Dad ran in '65 by chance. I was there three times and that was the worse. When we rounded West Point I wondered if we had missed Ft. Lee and headed into the Atlantic. We finished second in FE running a flat bottom 13' Allision. If I had been smarter we could have won. Earlier in the race we passed the class winners Mike Quale and the late Herman Haggerman.
    That's the only race I ever ran that I received a certificate from the state for completion.
    What year did a certain college boy from Califorina brag the night before how fast he was going to run the river in a flat bottom DeSilva?

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