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    The history of tunnel boat series, put together by Mike Wienandt
    History contributors Fred Hauenstein, Duke Waldrop and Charlie Strang


    It all started when the big business turn-down of 1980 ended the factory team racing efforts on both sides (Merc and OMC). The last head-to-head factory race was at Bristol, England in June of 1980. After that Mercury put away the T-4s but OMC kept sending out their 3 liter V-6s to the former factory drivers. Merc loaned out some good 2.4 Mercs to the former Mercury factory drivers. These continuing efforts were based on the drivers' sponsor contracts with outside companies which would have cost them severe penalties if they did not finish the 1980 season.


    1980-1981
    AMRA, American Motorboat Racing Association. Rick Keller started the first series with paid officials and a floating dock he transported to events. He had mandatory pit stops and a driver had to take on 5 gallons of fuel. I think it was Gene Thibodeaux that caught on fire at Long Beach Marine Stadium that stopped the fueling.

    Keller's rules had all engines running in a single class, using some restrictors at first, and then just fuel loads. He had pit stops and maximum fuel tank sizes. He ran six events over two years - three each year. The mix of Mercury v. OMC was about 5 to 1 and of the 6 races, Merc won five and OMC won one. You could run a two liter (6-carb) or 2.4 Merc (three carb) (the 2.5 hadn't been invented yet) or a 2.5 cross-flow OMC.

    The OMCs had a bit larger tank but still had to make two pit stops for fuel. I think the tanks were 14 gallons and 18 gallons. Mercs could make a whole race on one fuel stop.

    AMRA had the race at Oglalla, Nebraska, where Jimbo won in August, 1981. That was the last year - AMRA ran 1980 and 1981. I remember that the last factory team race at St. Louis had 6 entries in the feature race - Mod U - in 1979. Three Mercury factory boats and Johnnie Sanders and Bob Larson with OMC 2.5 CCCs and Lee Sutter with a 2.4 Merc. Reggie ran into two of the independent boats during the various heats. In 1980, it was AMRA and they had 31 boats in the feature race at St. Louis and 32 in 1981.



    1982-1985
    NPA, was next, started by Ron Coleman, George Mills, Jim Foreman, and Ken Hudnall. The first NPA race was cancelled a month or so before it was to happen, so Duke and Fay Waldrop hosted the first NPA race in Palestine, TX, I think 1982 or 1983.. NPA ran 3 classes, Champ, $25,000, SE $7,500, VP $7,500 prize money. The next year, Duke & Fay Waldrop tried to buy NPA, and they would not sell it.
    Ron Coleman was the "father" of NPA. Fred H found a note from 1985 where Duke was appointed race director for NPA that year, with Ken Hudnall and Terry Phipps doing promotions and TV production and Ron Coleman was still the President of NPA.

    Ken Hudnall inserted himself in these organizations and tried to do promotions. He had a boat team sponsorship from Valvoline Oil in Kentucky and worked the Valvoline guy into series sponsorship in a minor role.


    1985-1986
    IOGP, International Outboard Grand Prix ran three classes featuring Mercury Racing equipment. Classes were: Champ, $25,000, SST-120, $7,500, Mod VP, $7,500. SST-120 then became SST-140, VP became ModVP. The APBA Special Event rule was re-written so the IOGP series could run under OPC. The assets of NPA were purchased, including the headsets, timing equipment, and the heavy, floating dock and trailer. Later sold the trailer and dock to the St. Louis Lions Club, which they still use today. Duke Waldrop was contracted to Mercury Marine, reporting to Dick Snyder, and raced in conjunction with David Parkinson in Europe with his FONDA series. There were a number of international drivers to come to the states to race and several US drivers went to Europe to race, during this time. Also raced for the Harmsworth Trophy twice in IOGP. IOGP had the drivers change to 2 digit numbers to make it easier to score. Most drivers from the factory racing days had 3 digit numbers. This could have been considered the best racing in tunnel boat history.


    1986-1990 By Charlie Strang
    USF1 United States Formula One

    The when, where, who and why of the V-8 racing circuit will all be found in the following story.

    When we at OMC were developing a V-8 "fishing motor", circa 1980, we decided to build a racing version of it to replace our Wankel outboards which had been barred from most European races.

    Since there were few places to race a 3-1/2 liter outboard in the USA at that time (other than enduros) we decided to race them primarily in Europe. In UIM, the 3-1/2 liters put the V-8 into class OZ (unlimited displacement). At a meeting in Europe the UIM decided OZ would henceforth be known as Formula One. In 1981 the John Player tobacco company of England sponsored the John Player World Championship series for Formula One. There were 10 V-8s running there in 1981, plus a number of Merc V-6 engines.

    In the fall of 1982 Bob Spalding realized that the V-8s were running faster in competition than the Class X outboard hydro record---so he ran a Kilo on Lake Windermere in his tunnel boat at 139.66 mph. Not long after, Rick Frost---also of England---ran a Kilo in his F-1 tunnel boat at 144.16.

    In those days tunnel boat design had not kept up with the available power and we had 4 deaths in 4 months. This led to the development of the safety cockpit---financially sponsored by both OMC and Mercury---which did a fantastic job of reducing risk.

    During 1985 OMC's European operation had a problem with a race promoter who spent ridiculous sums on F-1---about 3.2 million in one summer! As a result, I pulled the plug on F-1 in Europe for 1986.

    This incident, plus all we had spent on racing in the factory battles of the 1970s and early 1980s, convinced me we were not getting our money's worth out of the sport---with top-notch factory teams holding great races in remote locations---and the publicity was zilch.

    We then decided to concentrate on racing the V-8s in the USA---where most large outboards were sold---and to try to fund it with sponsor money. In other words, to use other companies' money to promote our product through racing.

    We hired the top sports promotion company in the USA---or maybe the world---to find sponsors for outboard racing. Four months and $600,000 in fees later they told us that outboard racing was of no interest to the public and sponsorship was not to be had.

    We decided to try it anyway, following where possible the example set by car racing. OMC's VP for Marketing, Ron Ingram, and I decided on a USA Formula One circuit with the following points in mind:

    1. We would have a series of 6 to 8 races in the USA, open to drivers from all over the world.
    2. It would be an F-1 series with the only limitation being that the engines must be available to anyone on the open market---to avoid the expensive and promotionally useless factory competition of the past. I think we set the required number of engines produced at 50. (This led to an interesting and even amusing lawsuit with Mercury.)
    3. Our races would only be held at metropolitan locations with good press facilities.
    4. The race would always be held in conjunction with existing major waterfront shows or events to insure a maximum crowd on race days.
    5. We would have large prize purses, never before seen in boat racing, to excite the media---and the teams.
    We then met with representatives of ABC, NBC and CBS to determine the ideal format. The networks designed a one-hour format for ideal TV coverage. This was the source of the 45 minute feature event---still used today at times.

    We found a great series sponsor in Champion Spark Plug who regularly brought their distributors and dealers to the races and who also promoted the F-1 races in their ads. OMC also put much money into each race to make it a top-notch event worthy of media attention.

    If I remember rightly, we started the US F-1 series in 1986---with over $600,000 in prize money for 7 races. We had plenty of European teams and plenty of US entrants. Probably the top event each year was Pittsburgh---where the police had a real job keeping the huge crowds in safe viewing areas.

    The US F-1 series went on for about 4 years with all the top US and European F-1 drivers involved. There were always a few Mercs in the field, but only Bill Seebold was ever competitive---particularly on the shorter courses where the big V-8 boats had a bit more difficulty on the turns. The speeds were high---on the 1-1/2 mile course at Beaumont, Texas, Ben Robertson set a lap speed record of 141.33 mph. They were great races.

    We thought it was a great series---as did the teams and the boating press---but the public interest did not warrant the cost. The TV networks finally told us that the F-1 events were great---but that boat racing simply could not draw enough attention to create adequate advertising income for the networks. As I recall, they commented that car racing could attract huge followings because, at that time, about 150 million Americans had cars and could relate to them---while only about 10 million Americans had boats.

    At any rate, it became very clear that what was probably the best outboard racing circuit of all time could not justify its cost in terms of promotion, publicity and sales.

    So - in 1990 I pulled the plug on the OMC F-1 circuit and we went to putting the money into grass-roots racing by producing the 2, 3 and 4 cylinder engines for OPC and sponsoring activity for those classes.

    Now you know why I smile sadly when I hear a would-be promoter telling how he will make millions by turning some boat-racing class into the "next NASCAR"!

    The V-8 Johnsons and Evinrudes are long gone. About all that remains on the record books is Bob Wartinger's 176.586 mph speed record of 1989---with a V-8 on a three-point hydro.

    So who did all this? As I recall, from the technical side, Jim Nerstrom handled the racing version of the V-8 in OMC Marine Engineering, where Edgar Rose was OMC's VP. Gary Garbrecht and Les Calhoun did a great deal of development work and boat testing at Gary's Second Effort operation in Florida. Jack Leek, OMC's race boss had a finger in everything every where.

    Bob DeGrenier was the guy who actually set up and ran the events. OMC Marketing guy, Barry Caris, oversaw OMC's PR and promotional activity and co-ordinated the race setup with DeGrenier.

    Charlie Strang



    1988- 1995
    Duke sold the IOGP to Terry Phipps about 1988 and he continued with it for several more years. Jeff Titus was the Race Director beginning approximately 1991.
    Racing the 2.0L Mercury Champ engine and SST 140 along with Mod VP until it died. The 2.0L champ drivers no longer supported IOGP and went to PROP. IOGP ran Mod U until it ended.


    1987 and continues today and forward:
    APR Super league, American Performance Racing Super League owner by Sam and Sherron Winer, which has been the most successful and longest running series in tunnel boating history. They host 5 to 9 Premier races a year and have signed sponsor contracts through 2014. Their focus is SST 60 and SST 120.

    The first race was July 4, 1987 in New Martinsville, WV and the race card was SST-140, Mod VP, Sport E and SST-45. At that time it was the AMERICAN PERFORMANCE SPEED SERIES and didn't change to APR Events Group dba POWERBOAT SUPERLEAGUE until the early 90s.

    The first tour race for the SST-60 in 1989 and later dropped the Sport E (since most of the Sport E drivers were getting SST-60 equipment).

    The first tour race for the new SST-120 was in 1991 which effectively replaced the SST-140.

    They have conducted races for both classes plus other invitational classes since that time. Sam and Sherron conducted the Marathon Nationals as part of our series for four years (1989-1992) and have done a minimum of eight World Championships.

    Going into 2009, they have conducted 135 races in 39 different locations in the 22 years making them the oldest continuous tunnel boat series. Most of the staff have been with them for at least 10 years. Our longest existing continuous races are:
    Aurora, IN 10 years
    Peoria, IL 8 years
    Marietta, OH 8 years




    1989 - 1993
    Pro Tunnel Tour was started by then OMC to promote the SST 45, SST 60 and SST 100.
    The OMC 2, 3 and 4 cylinder engines brought affordable tunnel boat racing to OPC and promoted large fields of boats as the SST classes are the main stay of OPC yet today.



    1994 - 2009
    Pro Tunnel Tour was taken over by when OMC dropped out of racing and it became a SST 45 Series and is now owned Fred Miller. This series links with other larger events to bring small affordable tunnel boats on a small race courses in front of large crowds.


    1992 - 2001
    PROP owned by the late Gary Garbrecht took over the high stress 2.0L Champ class and evolved it to 2.5L restricted engines that were easier to maintain. That same engine package races today. Gary went on to own and manage Hydro-Prop which handled Unlimited Hydros.


    2002 - 2004
    ChampBoat Series was formed by Bob Schubert, Greg Jacobsen and Bill Seebold. The focus was on the Champ class and other OPC support classes filled the day. After about a year Wayne Worthy took over as executive director.

    2005 - 2009
    The ChampBoat Series was turned over to marketeer Mike Schriefer. He later changed the name to F1 ChampBoat which focuses on the Champ class only.

    History needs to be reviewed every now and then.

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    Very interesting read...Thanks for posting.

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    Well done!
    Since 1925, about 150 different racing outboards have been made.


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    That was a well done concise history to bring us up to date. And you are absolutely correct about the review of history.



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    Default Filling the Gap

    Quote Originally Posted by OPC1 View Post
    The history of tunnel boat series, put together by Mike Wienandt
    History contributors Fred Hauenstein, Duke Waldrop and Charlie Strang

    History needs to be reviewed every now and then.
    Thanks for filling the gap....Now I know the rest of the story. I will copy this out and give it to my father (Pete Alaniz) for interesting read.

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    Default 25 years of OPC classes

    All the classes that OPC ran in the last 25 years.
    Starting in 1983
    Only Mod U has remained the same for all these years.

    1 Mini Grand Prix

    2 C Prodution

    3 E Production

    4 J Production

    5 Sport C

    6 Sport C Marathon

    7 Sport D

    8 Sport E

    9 Sport J

    10 Super Sport

    11 SSV 60

    12 SST 45

    13 SST 60

    14 SST 70

    15 SST 90

    16 SST 100

    17 SST 120

    18 SST 140

    19 Formula 50

    20 Formula 100

    21 Formula 110

    22 Formula 150

    23 Formula V

    24 Mod C

    25 Mod 50

    26 Mod 100

    27 Mod 110

    28 Mod R

    29 Champ Boat

    30 Mod U

    31 Mod VP Div. I

    32 Mod VP Div. II

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    Default 25 years of champions

    1983

    Classes 13
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner


    1 E Production Mark Titus FL Rusty Campbell, GA Scot Troxell, PA

    2 J Production Jerry Neely FL G. dennis Casn, GA Roger D. Meekins, MD

    3 Sport D No Champion No Champion Arden Novold, WA

    4 Sport E Paul Heathman FL Paul Heathman, FL Paul Heathman, FL

    5 Sport J Duke Waldrop TX Benjye Tuten, FL Louis R. Borchers, MT

    6 SST 120 Ken Olson Jr. FL Ken Olsen Jr., FL Steven F. DeSouza, WA

    7 Formula 100 Ronald Ackerman OH Homer Greene, FL Bill Slivey, MD

    8 Mod 50 Fred Miller MI Ian Boulton, FL Ian Boulton, FL

    9 Mod 100 Tom Sikes FL Lee Holden, CA Lee Holden, CA

    10 Champ Boat John Sherlock NY Bill Seebold, MO John Sherlock NY

    11 Mod U Ken Olson Jr. FL Bill Seebold, MO Dick Sherrer, CA

    12 Mod VP Div. I Michael Quindazzi NY Michael Quindazzi, NY Michael Quindazzi, NY

    13 Mod VP Div. II J. Christian Bush MN Gregory Foster, CA Fred E. Bowden, CA


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Tom Sikes
    Ken Olsen

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    John Sherlock


    PTT
    SST 45


    IOGP






    1984
    Classes 11
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 E Production John R. Calley TX Mark Wharton, FL Johnny Calley, TX

    2 J Production Richard Blauman NY Roger Meekins, MD Richard Blauman, NY

    3 Sport D No Champion No Champion Larry B. Swinford, WA

    4 Sport E Dean Drozd TX Lawrence Kenny, MA Micheal Herrmann, MD

    5 Sport J Roger Meekins MD Roger Meekins MD Fred Bodin, WA

    6 SST 120 Steven F. DeSouza WA Homer Greene, FL Paul Heathman, FL

    7 Formula 100 D. Scott DeWare MA Jack Withrow, FL Jack Withrow, FL

    8 Mod 100 Jim Mackay CA D. Scott DeWare, MA Lee Holden, CA

    9 Champ Boat Dennis Drozd TX Buck Thorton, GA Don Jenkinson, PA

    10 Mod U No Champion No Champion Dick Sherrer, CA

    11 Mod VP J. Christian Bush MN Billy Paulk, LA Lynn W. Nichols, NY


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Jack Withrow
    Roger Meekins

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Roger Meekins



    PTT
    SST 45


    IOGP








    1985
    Classes 11
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Brad Schaub WI Suzanne Neely Brad Schaub WI

    2 E Production Jeff Titus FL Ron Titus, FL Gene Gary, MS

    3 J Production John Tigr Jr. FL Roger Meekins, MD Gary Schiel, NC

    4 Sport D No Champion No Champion Suanne Athmann, WA

    5 Sport E Tracy Hawkins TX Tracy Hawkins TX Tracy Hawkins TX

    6 SST 140 James MacKay CA Homer Greene, FL Homer Greene, FL

    7 Formula 100 Jon Guimond IL Lee Holden, CA Lee Holden, CA

    8 Mod 110 Don Johnston CA Harley Wilson, FL Don Johnston CA

    9 Champ Boat Mike Seebold MO Bill Seebold, MO Mike Seebold MO

    10 Mod U Mike Seebold MO Mike Seebold, MO Dick Sherrer, CA

    11 Mod VP Bear Davies MN J. Christen Bush, MN Chip W. Watkins, NY


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Homer Greene
    Tracy Hawkins
    Mike Seebold

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Mike Seebold


    PTT
    SST 45


    IOGP











    1986
    Classes 11
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Chris Rinker TX Kim Jernigan, FL Kim Jernigan, FL

    2 E Production Terry Strack TX Jeff H. Titus, FL Terry Strack TX

    3 J Production John W. Tiger Jr. FL Jerry Neely, FL John W. Tiger Jr. FL

    4 Sport D No Champion No Champion No Champion

    5 Sport E Michael Dowling MI Randy Minch, OH Randy Minch, OH

    6 SST 140 Jim MacKay CA Harley Wilson, FL Richard Blauman, NY

    7 Formula 100 Lee Holden CA John Parsons, AR Lee Holden CA

    8 Mod 110 John Jensen CO Robert Cullinan, FL Don Johnston, CA

    9 Champ Boat Bruce Washburn TN Bill Seebold, MO No Champion

    10 Mod U Bill Seebold MO Buck Thornton, GA Brian Daley, CA

    11 Mod VP Bear Davies MN No Champion Roger Meekins, MD


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Lee Holden
    Randy Minch
    Kim Jernigan

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Harley Wilson


    PTT
    SST 45


    IOGP










    1987
    Classes 13
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Terry Rinker FL Terry Rinker FL Paul Beezley, IN

    2 C Prodution Dewayne Payne TX Richard Reed, CA Richard Reed, CA

    3 E Production Terry Strack TX Jeff H. Titus, FL Terry Strack TX

    4 Sport C Brad Collins TX Mike Basso Jr., CA Brad Collins TX

    5 Sport E Greg Jacobsen WA Randy Minch, OH Everett A. Pierre, WA

    6 SST 45 Scott Barnikow NJ Gary Pugh, TN Carlton Callahan, TX

    7 SST 140 Jim Mackay CA Mike Seebold, MO Harley Wilson, FL

    8 Formula 100 Ron Lambe IL Robert Cullinan, FL John Parsons, AR

    9 Mod C Jimmy Johnson CA Rick Hoffman, CA Rick Hoffman, CA

    10 Mod 110 John Parsons AR Tom Sikes, GA Lee Holden, CA

    11 Champ Boat Terry Leatherby IL No Champion Ted May, CA

    12 Mod U Ben Robertson SC Ben Robertson, SC Fred Adams, WA

    13 Mod VP Jack Withrow FL Rusty Campbell, GA Rusty Campbell, GA


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Rusty Campbell
    Terry Strack
    Greg Jacobsen

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Rusty Campbell


    PTT
    SST 45


    IOGP






    1988
    Classes 13
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Paul Beezley IN Donald E. Roseberry, PA Paul Beezley IN

    2 C Prodution Sean McKean TX Richard Reed, CA Richard Reed, CA

    3 E Production Terry Strack TX Johnny Calley, TX Johnny Calley, TX

    4 Sport C Terry Rinker FL Terry Rinker, FL Terry Rinker, FL

    5 Sport E Greg Jacobsen WA Randy Minch, OH Greg Jacobsen WA

    6 SST 45 Chuck J. Zolkoske WI Thomas Booth, AR Terry Strack TX

    7 SST 140 Mark Miller FL Mark K. Trotter, SC Mark K. Trotter, SC

    8 Formula 100 Greg Lee KY John Pasrsons, AR Rick Remley, IL

    9 Mod C Jimmy Johnson CA Blake Esahk, NV Jimmy Johnson CA

    10 Mod 110 Chuck Skelton CA Greg Lee, KY Chuck Skelton CA

    11 Champ Boat Jim MacKay CA William J. Roski Jr. PA Don Johnston, CA

    12 Mod U Cees Vandervelden HOL. Don Johnston, CA Rick Adams, WA

    13 Mod VP Alan Stoker CA Rusty Campbell, TN Ricky Comer, TX


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Greg Jacobsen
    Jimmy Johnson
    Don Johnston

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Don Johnston


    PTT
    SST 45


    IOGP







    1989
    Classes 15
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Donald E. Roseberry PA Greg Kahle, IL John Calley, TX

    2 C Prodution Steve Wallace TX Jan Rinker, IN Art Lang, CA

    3 E Production Neal Haraway GA John Calley, TX John Calley, TX

    4 Sport C Lazaro Vega FL Lazaro Vega, FL Todd Bowden, CA

    5 Sport E Randy Minch OH Randy Minch OH Tony Terry, MS

    6 SST 45 Gordon Miller IL No Champion Scott Barnikow, NJ

    7 SST 60 John Bower IN Randy Minch OH Randy Minch OH

    8 SST 90 Jim Meyer WI No Champion Jim Meyer WI

    9 SST 140 Michael Makus WI Jack Withrow, FL Jack Withrow, FL

    10 Formula 100 Rick Remley IL John Parsons, AR John Parsons, AR

    11 Mod C John Beck AZ Jimmy Johnson, CA Jimmy Johnson, CA

    12 Mod 110 Jim MacKay CA No Champion Bill Shepard, CA

    13 Champ Boat Fred Hauenstein Jr. WI Kevin Miller, FL Allen D. Schmit, WA

    14 Mod U Bill Seebold MO Dennis Klepadlo, MI Rick Adams, WA

    15 Mod VP Thomas Kelly PA Charles F. Walker, FL Gary Tutle, TX


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Scott Barnikow
    Randy Minch
    Jimmy Johnson

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Randy Minch


    PTT
    SST 45 Scott Barnikow

    APR
    SST 60 Brian Rogerson

    IOGP

    1990
    Classes 16
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Donald E. Roseberry PA No Champion

    2 C Prodution Sean McKean TX No Champion John Merrill, CA

    3 Sport C Lazaro Vega FL Paul A. Beezley, IN Paul A. Beezley, IN

    4 Mod C John Castelli CA No Champion No Champion

    5 E Production Neal Haraway GA Cyn Dalton, FL Neal Haraway GA

    6 Sport E Wallis Ross MS Jerry Gravesen, IL Wallis Ross MS

    7 SST 45 Jimmy Johnson CA Rick Hoffman, CA Johnny Travis, TX

    8 SST 60 James W. Sharpe IL Randy Minch, OH Randy Minch, OH

    9 SST 90 Fred Pfanku WI No Champion Jim Meyer, WI

    10 SST 120 Jerold Wienandt

    11 SST 140 Tim Seebold MO Homer C. Greene, FL Homer C. Greene, FL

    12 Formula 100 Jack Withrow FL Rick Remley, IL Ron Grey, FL

    13 Mod 110 Jack Withrow FL Rick Remley, IL Bill Shepard, CA

    14 Champ Boat Jim MacKay CA No Champion Allen D. Schmitt, WA

    15 Mod U Jim MacKay CA Neal Haraway, GA Ty B. Truly, WA

    16 Mod VP Rusty Campbell, GA Red Hindman, TX Red Hindman, TX


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Randy Minch
    Paul A. Beezley
    Donald E. Roseberry

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Red Hindman


    PTT
    SST 45 Scott Barnikow

    APR
    SST 60 Sam Labanco
    1991
    Classes 16
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Donald E. Roseberry PA Donald E. Roseberry PA Donald E. Roseberry PA

    2 C Prodution No Champion No Champion John Merrell, CA

    3 Sport C David O' Neal TX Paul A. Beezley, IN Heath Sisk, TX

    4 Mod C Harorld Simburger IL Harorld Simburger IL John Castelli, CA

    5 E Production Steward Bakley FL Steward Bakley, FL Steward Bakley FL

    6 Sport E Wallis Ross MS Todd M. Bucknell, OH Ted Gansberger, CA

    7 SST 45 Gordon Miller IL John Schubert, TX John Schubert, TX

    8 SST 60 Terry Strack TX Randy Minch, OH Tracy Hawkins, TX

    10 SST 100 Rick Remley IL Mike Hood, TX Mike Hood, TX

    11 SST 120 Jack Withrow, FL Johnny Travis, LA Johnny Travis, LA

    12 SST 140 Mike Makus WI Jack Withrow, FL Jack Withrow, FL

    13 Formula 100 Michael Godfrey FL Jack Withrow, FL Michael Godfrey FL

    14 Mod 110 Rick Remley IL No Champion No Champion

    15 Champ Boat Felix Serrallis PR No Champion Allen D. Schmitt, WA

    16 Mod U Felix Serrallis PR Tim Seebold, MO Charles Buehler, CA

    17 Mod VP Alan Stoker CA Ricky Comer, TX Ricky Comer, TX


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Steward Bakley
    Don Roseberry
    Jack Withrow

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Jack Withrow


    APR
    SST 60 Brian Rogerson
    SST 120 Johnny Travis

    PTT
    SST 45 Gordie Miller
    1992
    Classes 14
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Donald E. Roseberry PA Chris Arsenault, FL Donald E. Roseberry PA

    2 Sport C Heath Sisk TX Randy Safford, FL Randy Safford, FL

    3 Mod C No Champion Richard Brew, IL No Champion

    4 E Production Steward Bakley FL John Hansen, FL Steward Bakley FL

    5 Sport E Randy Schuh IL No Champion Ted Gansberger, CA

    6 SST 45 Lazaro Vega FL Rick Hoffman, CA Lazaro Vega FL

    7 SST 60 Terry Strack TX Byron Harris, LA Byron Harris, LA

    8 SST 70

    9 SST 100 Scott Barnikow NJ Scott Barnikow NJ Scott Barnikow NJ

    10 SST 120 Mike Makus WI Johnny Travis, LA Johnny Travis, LA

    11 SST 140 Felix Serrallis PR Jack Withrow, FL Jack Withrow, FL

    12 Formula 110 Ronald Grey FL Ronald Grey, FL Michael Godfrey Jr., FL

    13 Champ Boat Felix Serrallis PR No Champion Lee Davis, Can.

    14 Mod U Felix Serrallis PR Jack Withrow, FL John Castelli, CA

    15 Mod VP Jerry Ditzig TX No Champion Ricky Comer, TX


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Johnny Travis
    Laz Vega
    Jack Withrow

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Randy Saffold


    APR
    SST 60 Greg Kahle
    SST 120 Johnny Travis

    PTT
    SST 45 Rick Hoffman


    1993
    Classes 14
    Sprint Nationals Champion Marathon National Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Terry Guimond IL No Champion Barbara Gouldstone, CA

    2 Sport C J. R. Saffold FL No Champion Heath Moser, TX

    3 Mod C No Champion No Champion No Champion

    4 Sport E No Champion No Champion Eddy Gansberger, CA

    5 SSV 60 No Champion No Champion Andrew J. Engelmeyer, FL

    6 SST 45 Richard Hearn IN Bob Austin Jr. NJ Terry Rinker, FL

    7 SST 60 Sam Labanco IL Greg Kahle, IL Greg Kahle, IL

    8 SST 70

    9 SST 100 Dean Chew NJ Dean Chew NJ Dean Chew NJ

    10 SST 120 Todd Bowden CA Michael Godfrey Jr. FL Todd Bowden, CA

    11 SST 140 Jon R. Guimond IL No Champion Mark williams, WA

    12 Formula 50 Nathan Worthy MO No Champion No Champion

    13 Formula 110 Mike Wienandt WI No Champion No Champion

    14 Champ Boat Steve DeSouza GA No Champion Lee Davies, Can.

    15 Mod U Ben Rebertson SC No Champion Chuck Skelton, CA

    16 Mod VP No Champion No Champion No Champion


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Todd Bowden
    David Dewald
    Greg Kahle

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Dean Chew


    APR
    SST 60 Brian Rogerson
    SST 120 Todd Bowden

    PTT
    SST 45 Davis Dewald
    1994
    Classes 10
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner

    1 Mini Grand Prix Donald E. Roseberry PA Donald E. Roseberry PA

    2 Sport C Ryan Beers PA Heath Moser, TX

    3 SST 45 Richard Hearn IN J.R. Saffold, FL

    4 SST 60 Sam Kirby TN Roddy Foreman, TX

    5 SST 70 Mike Wienandt Divisional Class

    6 SST 100 Gary Pugh TN Gary Pugh TN

    7 SST 120 Tracy Hawkins TX Alden Thornton, NC

    8 SST 140 Lynn Simburger IL Lee Davies, Can.

    9 Formula 50 David O' Neal TX David O' Neal TX

    10 Champ Boat Bill Seebold MO Allen Schmitt, WA

    11 Mod U Bill Seebold MO Bobby Humphrey, FL


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Richard Hearn
    Heath Moser
    Bill Seebold

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Greg Berghauer


    APR
    SST 60 Brian Rogerson
    SST 120 Greg Kahle

    PTT
    SST 45 Richard Hearn










    1995
    Classes 10
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner

    1 Sport C Chris Dumford IN Rudy Rindereer, NJ

    2 SST 45 Gordon Miller IL Jason Campbell, AZ

    3 SST 60 Greg Jacobsen WA Roddy Foreman, TX

    4 SST 70 Randy Rinker Divisional Class

    5 SST 100 Steven Fryza IL Mark Welch, MN

    6 SST 120 Alden Thorton NC Alden Thornton, NC

    7 SST 140 Mike Seebold MO Todd Bowden, CA

    8 Formula 50 Dan Thibodeaux LA Danny Thibodeaux, LA

    9 Champ Boat Ben Robertson SC Lee Davies, Can.

    10 Mod U Ben Robertson SC Craig Barrie, FL


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Ben Robertson Jr.
    Alden Thornton


    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Gary Pugh


    APR
    SST 60 Brian Rogerson
    SST 120 Alden Thornton

    PTT
    SST 45 ?


    PROP









    1996
    Classes 11
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner

    1 Sport C Allan Hunting MN Allan Hunting MN

    2 SST 45 Ryan Beers PA Shaun Torrente, FL

    3 SST 60 Greg Jacobsen WA Brian Rogerson, VA

    4 SST 70 Sykler Wallace Divisional Class

    5 SST 100 Donald Haehl NY No Champion

    6 SST 120 Alden Thorton NC Alden Thorton NC

    7 SST 140 Todd Bowden CA Lee Davies, Can.

    8 Formula 50 Dan Thibodeaux LA Steven Judd, FL

    9 Formula V Jeff Grigg SC Jeff Grigg, SC

    10 Champ Boat Terry Rinker FL Lee Davies, Can.

    11 Mod U Ben Robertson SC Ben Robertson SC


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Ben Robertson Jr.
    Brian Rogerson
    Alden Thornton

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Bill & Ashley May


    Series Title Winner:
    APR
    SST 60 Brian Rogerson
    SST 120 Alden Thornton

    PTT
    SST 45 Richard Hearn


    PROP






    1997
    Classes 10
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner

    1 Sport C Allan Hunting MN Bob Schellhase, WA

    2 SST 45 Greg Berghauer WI Shaun Torrente, FL

    3 SST 60 Angie Holgate CA Jeff Reno, FL

    4 SST 70 George Young Divisional Class

    5 SST 100 Frank Erion IL Jon Guimond, IL

    6 SST 120 J.R. Saffold, FL J.R. Saffold, FL

    7 SST 140 Bill Seebold MO Lee Davies, Can.

    8 Formula V Jeff Grigg SC Jerry Sellner, MN

    9 Champ Boat Bill Seebold MO No Champion

    10 Mod U Ben Robertson SC Ben Robertson SC


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Ben Robertson Jr.
    J.R. Saffold
    Shaun Torrente

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Angie Holgate


    Series Title Winner:
    APR
    SST 60 Dan Rogerson
    SST 120 J.R. Saffold

    PTT
    SST 45 Brad Schaub


    PROP

    1997
    Classes 10
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner

    1 Sport C Allan Hunting MN Bob Schellhase, WA

    2 SST 45 Greg Berghauer WI Shaun Torrente, FL

    3 SST 60 Angie Holgate CA Jeff Reno, FL

    4 SST 70 George Young Divisional Class

    5 SST 100 Frank Erion IL Jon Guimond, IL

    6 SST 120 J.R. Saffold, FL J.R. Saffold, FL

    7 SST 140 Bill Seebold MO Lee Davies, Can.

    8 Formula V Jeff Grigg SC Jerry Sellner, MN

    9 Champ Boat Bill Seebold MO No Champion

    10 Mod U Ben Robertson SC Ben Robertson SC


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Ben Robertson Jr.
    J.R. Saffold
    Shaun Torrente

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Angie Holgate


    Series Title Winner:
    APR
    SST 60 Dan Rogerson
    SST 120 J.R. Saffold

    PTT
    SST 45 Brad Schaub


    PROP















    1998
    Classes 10
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner


    1 Sport C Allan Hunting MN Allan Hunting MN

    2 SST 45 Greg Berghauer WI Kris Shepard, IL

    3 SST 60 Roddy Foreman TX Roddy Foreman TX

    4 SST 70 Divisional Class

    5 SST 100 Frank Erion IL Frank Erion IL

    6 SST 120 Gary Pugh TN Bill May, FL

    7 SST 140 No Champion Lee Davies, Can.

    8 Formula V William Daniel SC Steve Cooler, GA

    9 Mod R Mike Seebold MO Lee Davies, Can.

    10 Champ Boat Terry Rinker FL No Champion

    11 Mod U Mike Seebold MO Bruce Washburn, FL


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Lee Davies
    Roddy Foreman
    Shaun Torrente

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Jeff & Carole Reno


    Series Title Winner:
    APR
    SST 60 Roddy Foreman
    SST 120 Wyatt Nelson

    PTT
    SST 45 Shaun Torrente


    PROP





    1999
    Classes 8
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner


    1 Sport C No Champion Allan Hunting, MN

    2 SST 45 Brad Schaub WI Brad Schaub, WI

    3 SST 60 Paul Pittman IN Steve Ernst, GA

    4 SST 70 Divisional Class

    5 SST 100 Jon Guimond IL Frank Erion, IL

    6 SST 120 Chris Fairchild IL Chris Fairchild IL

    7 Formula V Ron Titus FL Steve Cooler, GA

    8 Champ Boat No Champion Lee Davies, Can.

    9 Mod U Todd Beckman Lee Davies, Can.


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Bill May
    Brad Schaub
    Chris Fairchild
    Shaun Torrente

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Ron Titus


    Series Title Winner:
    APR
    SST 60 Steve Ernst
    SST 120 Bill May

    PTT
    SST 45 Shaun Torrente

    MATT
    SST 120 Chris Fairchild

    PROP






    2000
    Classes 9
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner


    1 Sport C Allan Hunting MN Allan Hunting MN

    2 SST 45 Robert J West CA Gordon Miller, IL

    3 SST 60 Paul Pittman IN Paul Pittman IN

    4 SST 70 Mark Schmerbauch WI Scott Landgraf, MN

    5 SST 100 Jon Guimond IL Jon Guimond IL

    6 SST 120 Chris Fairchild IL Chris Fairchild IL

    7 Formula V Jeff Pira FL Jose Aquirre, SC

    8 Champ Boat Lynn Simburger IL Lee Davies, Can.

    9 Mod U Lynn Simburger IL Lee Davies, Can.


    Millenium World Championship


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Paul Pittman
    Gordon Miller
    Chris Fairchild


    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Danny McManus

    Series Title Winner:
    APR
    SST 60 Paul Pittman
    SST 120 Gary Pugh

    PTT
    SST 45 Gordon Miller

    MATT
    SST 120 Chris Fairchild

    PROP





    2001
    Classes 9
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner


    1 Sport C Allan Hunting MN Allan Hunting MN

    2 SST 45 John Broge MI John Broge MI

    3 SST 60 Sam LaBanco IL Sam LaBanco IL

    4 SST 70 Tyler Kratochwill WI Tyler Kratochwill WI

    5 SST 120 Shaun Torrente FL Nathan Worthy, MO

    6 Formula V Jose Aquirre SC Jerry Sellner, MN

    7 Super Sport Jeff Pira FL Jeff Pira FL

    8 Champ Boat J. R. Safford FL No Champion

    9 Mod U Pete Nydahl WI Pete Nydahl WI


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    John Broge
    Allan Hunting
    Greg Foster (PROP Special Events)


    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Chris Fairchild

    Series Title Winner:
    APR
    SST 60 Neal Haraway
    SST 120 Gary Pugh

    PTT
    SST 45 John Broge

    HOTT
    SST 120 Nathan Worthy

    PROP






    2002
    Classes 9
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner


    1 Sport C Allan Hunting MN Eric Grundstrom, CA

    2 SST 45 John Broge MI Barry Hawk, FL

    3 SST 60 Tyler Kratochwill WI Tyler Kratochwill WI

    4 SST 70 Scott Landgraf MN No Champion

    5 SST 120 Vince Voisin GA Vince Voisin GA

    6 Formula V Erine Brown FL Erine Brown FL

    Formula 150 No Champion Larry Swinford, WA

    7 Super Sport Michael Muldrow FL Michael Muldrow, FL

    8 Champ Boat Tim Seebold MO Lee Davies, Can.

    9 Mod U Todd Bowden CA Bruce Washburn


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Tyler Kratochwill WI
    Vince Voisin GA



    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    John Rinker


    APR
    SST 60 Neal Haraway and Tyler Kratochwill (tie)
    SST 120 Shaun Torrente

    PTT
    SST 45 Rodney Schuh


    ChampBoat





    2003

    Classes 10
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner


    1 Sport C Carl Barrett WI Randy Limbeck, OR

    2 SST 45 Rodney Schuh IL Barry Hawk, FL

    3 SST 60 Sam Miller IL Neal Haraway, GA

    4 SST 70 Mark Schmerbauch WI Chris Waalen, ND

    5 SST 120 Shaun Torrente FL Vince Voisin, GA

    6 Formula 150 Mark Proffitt TN No Champion

    7 Formula V Jeff Grigg SC Don Lick, MN

    8 Super Sport Donnie McDowell FL Donnie McDowell FL

    9 Champ Boat Carlos Kuri Mexico Carlos Kuri Mexico

    10 Mod U Mark Welch Mark Welch

    Tri Hull Mike Schubert Divisional class


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Barry Hawk
    Vince Voisin


    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    No Award that year


    APR
    SST 60 Neal Haraway
    SST 120 Shaun Torrente

    PTT
    SST 45 Barry Hawk


    ChampBoat





    2004

    Classes 9
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner

    1 Sport C Carl Barrett WI Carl Barrett WI

    2 SST 45 Jay Fox MI Jay Fox MI

    3 SST 60 Sam LaBanco IL J. Michael Floyd, GA

    4 SST 120 Vince Voisin GA Vince Voisin GA

    5 Formula 150 Lee Daniel SC Jeff Gorwin, WA

    6 Formula V Jerry Sellner MN Jerry Sellner MN

    7 Super Sport No Champion Donnie McDowell, FL

    8 Champ Boat Wyatt Nelson NY Tim Seebold, MO

    9 Mod U No Champion Bruce Washburn, FL


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Jay Fox
    Vince Voisin

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    Howie and Pete Nichols

    SST 45 UIM Worlds
    Jay Fox

    SST 120 UIM Worlds
    Vince Voisin

    Mod U UIM Worlds
    Wyatt Nelson NY


    APR
    SST 60 J. Michael Floyd
    SST 120 Gary Pugh

    PTT
    SST 45 Jay Fox

    ChampBoat
    SST 120
    Champ


    2005

    Classes 9
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner


    1 Sport C Michael Hodges KS Randy Limbeck, OR

    2 SST 45 Bud Nollman MO Jay Fox, MI

    3 SST 60 Tyler Kratochwill WI Tyler Kratochwill WI

    4 SST 120 Shaun Torrente FL Shaun Torrente FL

    5 Formula 150 Brian Tabara MN Brian Tabara MN

    6 Formula V Walt Swierczek MN Walt Swierczek MN

    7 Super Sport No Champion No Champion

    8 Champ Boat Jason Campbell Terry Rinker, FL

    9 Mod U Wyatt Nelson NY Bruce Washburn, FL


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Jay Fox
    Tyler Kratochwill


    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    John Broge


    APR
    SST 60 Tyler Kratochwill
    SST 120 Gary Pugh

    PTT
    SST 45 Jay Fox


    ChampBoat
    SST 120
    Champ Terry Rinker








    2006

    Classes 9
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner


    1 Sport C Carl Barrett WI Carl Barrett WI

    2 Sport C Marathon Carl Barrett WI Frank Banducci, CA

    3 SST 45 Butch Ott Ontario Jose Mendana Jr., FL

    4 SST 60 Brent Dillard SC Don Lick, MN

    5 SST 120 Glyn Mathews TX Scott Landgraf, MN

    6 Formula 150 Kris Shepard IL Chris Bush, MN

    7 Formula V No Champion Jerry Sellner, MN

    8 Super Sport No Champion Gary Harris, FL

    9 Champ Boat No Champion Ken Adams, WA

    10 Mod U Wyatt Nelson NY Bruce Washburn, FL


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Jose Mendana JR.
    Scott Landgraf
    Terry Rinker (ChampBoat Special Events)

    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    John Broge


    APR
    SST 60 Donny Lick
    SST 120 Scott Landgraf


    ChampBoat
    SST 45 Jose Mendana Jr.
    SST 120
    Champ Terry Rinker






    2007

    Classes 9
    Sprint Nationals Champion High Points Winner

    1 Sport C Carl Barrett WI Allan Hunting MN

    2 Sport C Marathon Allan Hunting MN No Champion

    3 SST 45 Jose Mendana Jr. FL Jose Mendana Jr. FL

    4 SST 60 Alex Fernandez FL Sam Labanco, IL

    5 SST 120 Glyn Mathews TX Paul Pittman, IN

    6 Formula V Jerry Sellner MN Jery Sellner, MN

    7 Super Sport Michael Scott Adams MD Michael Scott Adams MD

    8 Champ Boat No Champion No Champion

    9 Mod U Bruce Washburn FL Bruce Washburn FL


    UIM SST 45 Champion Jose Mendana Jr. FL

    UIM SST 60 Champion Sam LaBanco

    UIM SST 120 Champion Paul Pittman


    Hall of Champions Inductees
    Paul Pittman
    Sam LaBanco


    Randy Tilton Memorial Award
    TBA


    APR
    SST 60 Sam LaBanco
    SST 120 Paul Pittman

    PTT
    SST 45 Dan Orchard

    ChampBoat
    SST 120
    Champ Tim Seebold

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    i dont have the hull id with me but the numbers on the boat are 148 on the top side and 34 on the bottom its 1995 gp im doing a restoration on it
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