Thread: In memory of racers no longer with us:

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    Marshal was a constant in PRO racing like Sunrise and Sunset are a constant to each day. I will miss our many conversations, especially over breakfast at the Giant's Den in Depue.
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    Just read on that other site that Jim Warren had die.
    Rest in Peace Jim.

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    Default Don Ermshar

    Sad news..TAF Driver Don Ermshar seriously injured

    Boat racer injured at Cowtown Drag Boat Nationals
    By JOHN HENRY

    Special to the Star-Telegram
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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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    Default Marshall Eldredge

    Quote Originally Posted by David Weaver View Post
    Marshal was a constant in PRO racing like Sunrise and Sunset are a constant to each day. I will miss our many conversations, especially over breakfast at the Giant's Den in Depue.
    Yes David, Shirley and I miss our breakfast etc. at the Giant's den with you and Marshall. RIP Marshall, you will be missed.

    Bruce

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    Default Clyde Queen

    I was notified this morning of the passing of Clyde Queen early this morning 4-16-2018. Clyde and his wife Charlotte were long time members of The Outboard Club of Chicago which was the host club for many of the Outboard Nationals on Lake DePue. May he rest in Peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racingfan1 View Post
    I was notified this morning of the passing of Clyde Queen early this morning 4-16-2018. Clyde and his wife Charlotte were long time members of The Outboard Club of Chicago which was the host club for many of the Outboard Nationals on Lake DePue. May he rest in Peace.




























    Clyde Queen is a long time friend. Outboard Club of Chicago would not have been around in the 60's and 70's if Clyde and Char Queen were not there. PRO racing wouldn't have been as strong if these two fine people were not as giving of their time and money. OCC was the Queens.
    Rest in peace my good friend, I'll see you at the Finish Line.
    Bill & Joyce

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    I got to know Clyde and Charlotte when I was appointed to the outboard commission in the sixties, Clyde was also on the commission and Charlotte was the secretary. They would stop over in Marietta sometimes for a visit on their way to Florida for races there. When I first investigated putting on a race at Lake Acworth in 1977, I called them to see if they would help, knowing their experience in Depue, and of course they did. I wanted Charlotte as scorer. I got in touch with the local Jaycees and they agreed to be the sponsor. The first race in 1978 was successful, and then in 1980, when the championships in Lacrosse, Wi. was cancelled, I called the Jaycees again to see if they might arrange with the city for permission to use the lake for a race in October. They got permission and Charlotte served as scorer and Clyde helped when he wasn't racing. They came to three races at Lake Acworth and would not accept any compensation for their help at any of them. We stayed in touch until they moved to Texas and no longer attended races. I last saw Charlotte when they came over to a USTS race in Alexandria. and Clyde, when he came to an Old Pharts party in Naples. RIP.

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    We have lost another one, Bill Van died yesterday, more later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    We have lost another one, Bill Van died yesterday, more later.
    Oh my gosh.?Iím so surprised as he seemed OK at Depue last August. My sincerest sympathy to Eileen

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    A blow to Pro guys to lose both these fine racers at the same time. I spent some time with Clyde at the Old Phart's party in Naples and he told me all about his flying machines. And of course Bill Van....what a friend. I will miss him greatly.



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