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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kurcz View Post
    Thanks John,

    Thanks for the information. An air cooled engine would be OK, but my FE(850) Mod hydro needs more like 100-115 HP. What do you suppose became of the prototypes?

    Tim
    My hunch is they were destroyed, but like the stacked 4 rotor race motor, you never know what hangs around marine engineering or with former engineering employees. Perhaps John Sheldon or George Miller could shed some light on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Schubert T*A*R*T View Post
    My hunch is they were destroyed, but like the stacked 4 rotor race motor, you never know what hangs around marine engineering or with former engineering employees. Perhaps John Sheldon or George Miller could shed some light on this.
    I believe there are 4 race OMC rotary's still around, maybe even 5 . 2 definately in a private collection. John S. knows more. Could be at least one at BRP, but trying to penetrate the BRP veil is like extracting teeth from a chook aka chicken.

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    Guys: With the demise of OMC and the take over of Marine Engineering by Rotax, I suspect all of the old prototypes have been long since thrown away. Most of the old OMC buildings have been torn down and the places where this stuff was stored went with them. As of last summer, there were 5 rotary race engines surviving; 2 in a private collection and 3 at BRP. I was told when Rotax took over, they ordered all the old OMC stuff to be disposed of. I have also seen a picture of a prototye rotary outboard, but believe it was of a later vintage based on the 650cc engine. Us race guys, both old and new, would like to see some of the racing outboard history preserved and be available for public viewing, but in the production sceem of things, prototype engines like the rotary has little meaning to production outboard history. Rotax has a history in go kart racing so maybe someone there will at least see some of these engines get preserved for public viewing; lets hope so.

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    I just keep spending to find this information, but is IS worth every cent. Hope you agree!!
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    MORE COMING!!

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    Sorry you spent money for that issue of the AOMC Outboarder ... back issues are online for free.
    Since 1925, about 150 different racing outboards have been made.

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    Original Hard Copies for me

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    QUOTE=LIQUID NIRVANA;103467]Original Hard Copies for me[/QUOTE]
    I have 2 original copies of AOB if you want them. E-mail your mauling address ad I'll send them to you.
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    The Rarest of the Rarest - Finally some Video footage of the holy grail of Outboard history.

    Is this the ONLY Movie and Sound of the MULTI MILLION DOLLAR OMC Rotary Outboard actually on the water in race mode? It's short, it's vintage, it's audible, but it exists and its right here on BRF where it belongs

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    OMC Rotary Outboard Video~

    My best wishes to John Sheldon for making this thread possible, together with the many other enthusiasts who SHARE their time, collections, talents & passions to save the history of this unique powerplant. John was intimitately involved with it initial developement working non-stop (literally) for months to meet Charlie Strangs deadline. It is because of people like you John that this first hand information exists & we thank you so much.

    Ken Finlay

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