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    My good friend and Racing buddy Steve Jones passed away Monday week before last. His wife Karen left a message on our phone. She told me that Steve had been trying to get ahold of me for several months. I told her I had been trying to find him for more than 15 years. Ever since I joined BRF. I have such wonderful memories of Steve. A lot I never have posted because I thought sooner or later he would show up on this site and we could share memories and photos. Alas, it was not to be. I will hook up my new scanner sometime soon (can't see too good in crowded and dark spaces anymore) to print some photos for Karen for the memorial service. With the virus, there was really no funeral, so when everything settles down, she will have a memorial get together. Steve and I traveled together more than any other of my boat racing friends to the TV stations, advertisors, print companies, and potential sponsors to promote our racing in South Texas. I am very saddened that he is gone, and that we were not able to get together in these last few months.


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    Default In Memory of Former Inboard Racer

    In memory of the late Ken Helwig, Raced 280 Inboard in the 60s and 70s, then started racing Jersey skiff until 60 years old passed away Aril 19th 2020 at a age of 88 may he rest in peace Sarnia Ontario
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    Default Bill Kurps

    It was posted today on the USTS Facebook page that Bill Kurps passed away on Thursday July 23rd. Bill was a long time Alky\PRO driver and also served as a referee for the USTS for a few years. Thoughts and prayer go out to Joyce and the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racingfan1 View Post
    It was posted today on the USTS Facebook page that Bill Kurps passed away on Thursday July 23rd. Bill was a long time Alky\PRO driver and also served as a referee for the USTS for a few years. Thoughts and prayer go out to Joyce and the family.
    Bill Kurps,

    Bill lived about 20 mi. from us when he lived up north. When I started racing and had a question he usually had the answer. Sorry to hear of his passing. Hang in there Joyce.

    Bruce and Shirley

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    I just saw this about Bill. Very sorry to hear about his passing.Rest in peace Bill.



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    Default Brian McDougall of Salt Lake City

    Talked to Reed Riddle, today, he said Bryan McDougall has passed. He was a Stock and Alky racer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Hill View Post
    Talked to Reed Riddle, today, he said Bryan McDougle has passed. He was a Stock and Alky racer.
    I would have to check my scrapbook but wasn’t he from Utah or Idaho & actually won DSH at Syracuse in 1953 but was DQ’d & Culver then won

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    Default Brian Was From Salt Lake and Did Race DSH

    My last real encounter with Brian was at DePue 1969. He'd blown his DeSilva C Racing Runabout, powered by a VC Konig over backwards and tore the boat up pretty badly. I had sold both my 13 Foot DeSilva (Ray Lenk).and my 13'6" DeSilva. (Tom Small as I recall). So, we had room on our trailer to hall his boat to DeSilva's in California. I never heard anything about Brian and the 1953 Nationals.

    But now that I think about it, I did see Brian at a couple Utah races after that, but had heard he was having some heart problems.

    Always a super nice guy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Hill View Post
    My last real encounter with Brain was at DePue 1969. He'd blown his DeDilva C Racing Runabout, powered by a VC Konig over backwards and tore the boat up pretty badly. I had sold both my 13 Foot DeSilva (Ray Lenk).and my 13'6" DeSilva. (Tom Small as I recall). So, we had room on our trailer to hall his boat to DeSilva's in California. I never heard anything about 1953 Nationals.

    But now that I think about it, I did see Brian at a couple Utah races after that, but had heard he was having some heart problems.

    Always a super nice guy!
    Just checked it was Ivan Harris that won DSH in 1953 but was DQ’d for engine infraction which gave 1st to Culver
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    Default 510-U Ivan Harris from Loveland, Colorado

    Quote Originally Posted by John Schubert T*A*R*T View Post
    Just checked it was Ivan Harris that won DSK in 1953 but was DQ’d for engine infraction which gave 1st to Culver
    As I recall, Ivan had won the 1952 Nationals in Oakland, California. He won again in 1953, and as he was walking out of the inspection tent, he heard someone was DQ'd for reed stop height. the inspector had not checked his reed stop heights. (The motor had a factory seal). Ivan asked the inspector to check his reed stops and they were illegal. They tossed Ivan out.

    My dad had inspected Ivan's motor in '52.

    But in 1953, my dad DQ'd Bobby Switzer for raised reed stops on a new Mark 40-H.

    My dad always suspected someone at Mercury had rasied the reed stop height by mistake. As Bobby Switzer's motor had a factory seal the same as Ivan Harris.
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