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    Default Missing You Ray

    What a nice post about a very nice man and brilliant racer. Sandy, you hit it right on about looking forward to seeing people once a year at DePue. There was nobody I enjoyed seeing more than Ray. Racing Ray was a great driver, real electronics innovator and best of all great father and husband. I am laughing because he was so deadpan when he would tease you. I can still hear him ask me if I felt secure about my job pumping gas. We sure do remember him on this day. I'm going to put a bratwurst on a stick and roast it in honor of Ray.
    Sandy, we all miss him too.

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    Sandy,
    What a wonderful tribute to your dad. To those of you who knew Ray you can imagine what it must have been like for a new engineer, just out of school, to work with Ray. At OMC, Ray had the isle bench right behind the tool crib and Bruce Summers was right behind him. I had just been assigned the new 135Hp V4 and Ray was going to be my technician. At that time, Ray knew more about outboard engineering than I though I could ever learn. One of the first things he taught me was that "fishing engines" were called "G.. D.. Gas Burners"; now if that wasn't enough to scare a young engineer, when Ray got a little upset he started talking to himself - out loud. At which point I would usually assume I did something dumb and go for a cup of coffee. You had to earn Ray's respect, titles meant nothing. If you wanted to lean he was an excellent teacher, if you were full of BS he would happily let you hang yourself.
    Over the years we became good friends and when I think back I too miss Ray. I always looked forward to seeing Ray at a race and loved the banter we had between Alky Burners and Gas Burners. As I am writing this I remember an Alky race where Ray was walking through the pits will a cold one in each of his pockets. As he passed someone he knew he would hand one out. One of the best Cold Ones I ever had!
    To all who are no longer with us, rest in peace - we miss you.

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    I can envision it all!! I can't stop chuckling! I definitely knew what he thought of someone if he referred to a person as a Gas Burner! Another thing he always made clear was that it was a racing engine and NOT a racing motor. Motors are electric!

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    I have great memories of Ray and one of them was that he told it like it was. We had only been racing 4 years and at Alex in 1969 Ray Hardy and Harry Pasturczak had told us about this fantastic CD ignition. That was when we first met Ray Hardy and Harry. At that time my Dad and his partner were OMC distributors and your Dad, Sandy, had adapted the OMC ignition to fit the Konigs. He had the cast mounts and everything.

    At that time, I was still learning how to get through the turns without getting wet down. We tried all kinds of plates over the carbs, but I still got towed in a lot. Well, this ignition offered a lot of promise. 50,000 volts, and my Dad figured that would be enough to burn water. I don't know what we were doing wrong, but that turned out to be our worst year ever. I would be going along great then the engine would just quit. Sometimes it would quit, start, quit and start again. We stuck with that ignition through the final race at Alex. Even a slight mist and the engine was dead. I know a lot of people had some success with it later one, but maybe there were bugs we never got worked out. We just took everything off and sent it back to Ray. Then we bolted new Konig ignitions back on. Sometime during that year Tim Chance, as well as Powerboat did a big spread on the Nydahl ignition.

    When we got to Lakeland the next year one of the racers, I forget who, came up to us. My Dad and you Dad were talking in the pits and Joe and I were standing there. This racer says "Hey Ray...you need to sell Baldy some of your ignition kits." Without hesitation and that deadpan style he said "Hell....I sold him a thousand dollars worth and he gave me the G.D. things back in a box". We all laughed. My Dad was never upset over any of that and neither was Ray. We tried it. We had problems. But that was racing. Ray never minced words. And him and my Dad always remained friends. Ray was one of the names I always looked for in my qualifying heats of F Hydro because I knew he was going to be in the finals and there would be one less spot open.



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    Jim--
    Lots of truth in what you say. He was always there when I needed help. Before I had my own mill,lathe and heli-arc I'd ask Ray if he could help me out and he always replied-you know where the tools are, get up here and do it!

    I remember one race I had with Ray at Lake Zurich where it was dog eat dog all the way. I could out-turn him but he had speed on me. He beat me by a couple of boat lengths. After the race Jim, you came up and said "I thought you guys were buddies,it looked like you're going to run over each other". We always were buddies OFF THE RACE COURSE.

    Sandy--
    I saw your mom and Pete and the family at Lake Wales. Looking forward to seeing you guys at De Pue.

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by racnbns View Post
    Jim--
    Lots of truth in what you say. He was always there when I needed help. Before I had my own mill,lathe and heli-arc I'd ask Ray if he could help me out and he always replied-you know where the tools are, get up here and do it!

    I remember one race I had with Ray at Lake Zurich where it was dog eat dog all the way. I could out-turn him but he had speed on me. He beat me by a couple of boat lengths. After the race Jim, you came up and said "I thought you guys were buddies,it looked like you're going to run over each other". We always were buddies OFF THE RACE COURSE.

    Sandy--
    I saw your mom and Pete and the family at Lake Wales. Looking forward to seeing you guys at De Pue.

    Bruce
    I will always remember returning to engineering after running the Miami-Nassau race as Co-Driver with Dr. Bob McGoon. I was telling Ray about nose diving the boat, Bob was knocked out and I was able to get us back underway and we finished 5th. Ray listened to the story then said, So you never made it to the first turn in a boat race yet? NOPE I said and he laughed. Reminded me of that for years. The "Hot Setup" was also a favorite term of his. Great Guy and a super tech.

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    Default Nydahl Family Post

    http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forum...ghlight=Nydahl

    Don't forget The Nydahl Family Post...

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    Default Earl Wahl

    Known as Bugger Red, passed away on July 20, 2007..
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    Default Earl Wahl

    Butch, is that a 15C? I have a 15C and a pair of 800DR's with speedmasters, would like to restore it and it would be nice to represent something with history in memory of Earl.

    John

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    Default 15c

    It sure is a 15C..This was Chucks boat, and it had a lot of numbers..40, JJ40, JJ4, Chuck won everything in that boat..I got to run it as pictured in Blue Ridge, Ga around 1962..got beat on the turns..first time I ever raced a Cat, ended third. I blew by them on the straights, and got hosed in the turns..That guy from Alabama that raced Powercats won.. Then we went to Mississippi where Bugger had worked up enough nerve to drive it finally..It ran just over 80 as pictured..It was a E ticket ride back then..would float like a hydro flat out..

    Butch

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