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Lake X Kid
05-03-2014, 05:14 PM
I am so much better looking than Dave (it's Beier, not Brier) that I can't see how anyone could have thought that was him in the photo! :) Actually, I don't think Dave ever went on the European Tour with us. He was a leadman in the engine shop and when I was away for the six weeks or so it took to do Europe, he had to stay back in Oshkosh to conduct the engine build for Havasu.

That photo is 1971 and we had a couple of the C6's to run in Paris. The guy standing next to Rick LaMore with the headband is probably Jim Acheson. He was the lead tech on the C6 for Dr. Ted Morgan's group and that sure looks like they are working on a C6 , not a Twister I as you see on the other boats.

I cannot contest the notion that Bill Welch is not better looking than Dave Brier. :)
But Dave did come over from the States to the European circuit. See the attached photo taken in Europe with Dave hitching a boat ride with Roy Ridgell. It looks like they are wearing the blue racing jackets (maybe the year1973).

One year (maybe 1973) I believe Dave was the fuel man at the Paris 6 Hour. Rick LaMore and I were the catch guys on the refueling dock. With the catch-pole, I was slowing the race boats to a secure stop, and one time as I am holding one of the boats, by the engine steering bracket, against the dock, I looked toward the race course and saw another race boat coming-in for refueling. So what do I do, but yell (or speak loud enough) to Dave as he is straddled over the gas-tank-cowling refueling, that we have another one coming. It’s not like Dave could have been any faster, but it was a heads-up to everybody on the team. That fuel nozzle and hose had to be a least 2.5 inch diameter, if not 3 inches. This was the year that Gary Garbretch and Roy Ridgell were standing on the elevated platform behind us and looking down at the pit action.

Previous to that year, I do not remember with accuracy if Jim Emerson (from Lake X) was coming over for the Paris 6 Hour to do the race refueling.

Permit me an anecdotal that relates to Dave. We are caravanning to –or from- a race (maybe Paris). We stop at an Italian eatery for breakfast, and Dave wants eggs. So Dave starts flapping his arms like a bird, and makes a chicken clucking noise, then stands up from his chair and imaginarily pretends that he laid an egg (you can see where this is going). Then Dave does, the universal pantomime language, of cracking open the egg over a fraying pan, and then demonstrates flipping the egg over with a spatula. Dave can be a character when he wants to be.

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jimnello
05-05-2014, 05:24 AM
try again

Lars Strom
06-21-2014, 06:45 AM
Not sure what this is..??..but it says Angelo Molinari on the sides.

Lake X Kid
07-22-2014, 11:37 AM
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In observing some photos of the past, I saw a trend which I did not recognize in real time. Renato has a pre-race trait –when and if time, and the situation presents itself. He seems to like to squat on the boat, next to the cockpit, before the action starts.

Knowing how committed Renato was to the business of winning boat races, I will venture to say (in sports parlance) that Renato is preparing himself to get into the zone.

Lars Strom
07-22-2014, 06:21 PM
I think you are absolute right Lake X Kid.

Renato always raced top equipment for Merc and OMC but was also one of the best drivers ever.
He was never up late party with others in the bar. Did only drink a glass of wine for dinner.
Renato was one racing machine focus on only one thing..win races and sell race boats..

Powerabout
07-22-2014, 09:08 PM
I think you are absolute right Lake X Kid.

Renato always raced top equipment for Merc and OMC but was also one of the best drivers ever.
He was never up late party with others in the bar. Did only drink a glass of wine for dinner.
Renato was one racing machine focus on only one thing..win races and sell race boats..
What a shame you cant buy a new Molinari today, I 'd have one if I could get a new one. ( no wood though)

Ron Hill
07-23-2014, 07:26 PM
A Molinari and a Stradivarius Violin have much in common. Did Molinari ever build a composite outboard boat???? Glastron/Molinari's were fiberglass. What I think would be WAY COOL is a 21 foot "HIGH RIDER" Molinari with a sing 300XS OptiMax. Those "High Riders" could probably race in the ocean if need be.

A "NEW" wood Molinari was the greatest to drive.

Powerabout
07-24-2014, 07:42 PM
A Molinari and a Stradivarius Violin have much in common. Did Molinari ever build a composite outboard boat???? Glastron/Molinari's were fiberglass. What I think would be WAY COOL is a 21 foot "HIGH RIDER" Molinari with a sing 300XS OptiMax. Those "High Riders" could probably race in the ocean if need be.

A "NEW" wood Molinari was the greatest to drive.
could always build one if you had the plans..

Ron Hill
07-24-2014, 07:56 PM
could always build one if you had the plans..

The way Molinari boats were built, I find it hard to believe there were really ever two the same. Almost the same, but different.

Powerabout
07-24-2014, 09:10 PM
I actually heard that from a OMC race mechanic, hard to prop as they never had 2 boats the same, I guess that was DAH trying to overcome that?

Ron Hill
07-24-2014, 09:54 PM
DAH did some good prop work. I personally ran Records and Mercury props, usually. Jimbo had his own prop man. Renato used Rolla. Scotti won Havasu with Rolla props.

Lars Strom
07-26-2014, 06:20 PM
The great.. Renato Molinari and Scott Gillman.

RogerH
07-27-2014, 06:13 AM
OK Lars, What'e the story behind Scott's different shoes???

Ron Hill
07-30-2014, 09:13 PM
Lars I just read you have become Evinrude's Ambassador. WOW!!! You offered yourself to APBA and they never answered. Maybe BRP will bring outboard racing back to the level it once was.

I was in Needles last weekend (July 26-29, 2014). On Monday I was talking to Jimbo. Jimbo has a bit of a handicap, his right arm doesn't work very well and therefore working computer is difficult. But as we looked at this Molinari thread, he said I could tell a story about evey boat posted. I believe him.

What I have decided (Jimbo is working on a book, slowly)...I'm going to print out one picture at a time and time him he need to talk for one hour about that boat and I will take notes. The notes will be posted on BRF, but he will have the notes for his book.

Jimbo was there when it all happened and his memory is very good.

I will say this, JIMBO enjoyed your thread Lars... How do Jimbo and I become EVINRUDE ambassadors???

Thanks for your posts on BRF, Lars!

Lars Strom
07-31-2014, 05:23 AM
Ron..that was a very nice post. Thank you very much.

First..you are right.. APBA did never answer back to me a few years ago. I do not know why.

I am so proud to be one of five Evinrude Ambassadors. I am the only one with racing background. As you know fishing tournament is the place for selling outboards today so the other four are in to fishing.

Jimbo McConnell is and have always been my #1 racing hero and I have been to Needles to visit him with our motor home a few years ago.

Please check this short video produced by Evinrude about me as a Ambassador..I did not say Jimbo by name but he was one of the Evinrude racing hero's I was talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZPD7IwRWoM&feature=youtu.be

Rotary John
07-31-2014, 07:58 AM
Ron: Checkout Facebook. I shared a post from Lars about Paris race history. Both you and Jimbo are talked about.

Lars Strom
07-31-2014, 09:22 AM
Please check this short video produced by Evinrude about me as a Ambassador..I did not say Jimbo by name but he was one of the Evinrude racing hero's I was talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZPD7IwRWoM&feature=youtu.be

Ric McChesney is in the beginning of the video. He still works for Evinrude..
To the right of me..
Carina to the left.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZPD7IwRWoM&feature=youtu.be

Ron Hill
07-31-2014, 09:39 AM
Ron: Checkout Facebook. I shared a post from Lars about Paris race history. Both you and Jimbo are talked about.

Facebook is a big place??

Oh, found it: https://www.facebook.com/john.sheldon.73?fref=ts

Rotary John
07-31-2014, 01:26 PM
Ron: Picture of Jimbo in the Black & White Scottie. Lars;

Rotary John
08-01-2014, 02:37 AM
screwed up. It was Rich McKinley.

Lake X Kid
08-30-2014, 09:47 PM
The great.. Renato Molinari and Scott Gillman.
Referring to the picture of Scott with Renato on Post# 300.

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I retrieved this Scott Gillman racing tee-shirt from my storage bin. A pretty blond on the Gillman race team gave this shirt to me, in the race pits at Puddingstone Lake, California. Unfortunately I do not remember her name, and sense it was over 25 years ago I will use that as my excuse.

Lars Strom
10-04-2014, 06:36 PM
Lars I just read you have become Evinrude's Ambassador. WOW!!! You offered yourself to APBA and they never answered. Maybe BRP will bring outboard racing back to the level it once was.

I was in Needles last weekend (July 26-29, 2014). On Monday I was talking to Jimbo. Jimbo has a bit of a handicap, his right arm doesn't work very well and therefore working computer is difficult. But as we looked at this Molinari thread, he said I could tell a story about evey boat posted. I believe him.

What I have decided (Jimbo is working on a book, slowly)...I'm going to print out one picture at a time and time him he need to talk for one hour about that boat and I will take notes. The notes will be posted on BRF, but he will have the notes for his book.

Jimbo was there when it all happened and his memory is very good.

I will say this, JIMBO enjoyed your thread Lars... How do Jimbo and I become EVINRUDE ambassadors???

Thanks for your posts on BRF, Lars!


Well Ron..

BRP-Evinrude is doing more for this old loyal boat racer. Born overseas..

There was a lot of fun going to Columbia, SC and watch the FLW winner collect $500,000 for the biggest fish.
I wish there was a boat race that have a $500,000 check for the winner.

Please check the new Evinrude/Lars video.

Click here..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGOuAL8i5H8&feature=youtu.be

Lars Strom
10-11-2014, 06:30 AM
The World ON championship race 1972 was in Skokloster, Sweden.

Here is some info from the race. Renato was the winner and I was there racing the SE class.

A link for more including race program and other info.

http://svera.se/blogg/smorgardsbord/vm-racerbat-klass-on-skokloster-1972-komplett-program/

Lars Strom
11-16-2014, 07:09 AM
Special "Wing" Molinari /Merc Boat

Driver Carlo Rasini
Italy 1969

Thanks Stefano Rancati

Lars Strom
11-17-2014, 10:29 AM
Renato Molinari in his Saffa / Evinrude 3 liter V6 looper in the Pavia to Venezia marathon race 1978.

A 415km long river race and average speed of 187 km/h

Picture by Stefano Rancati
Thank you

Lars Strom
11-17-2014, 06:32 PM
Check the distance..average speed of 187 km/h is pretty good..by boat..;)

Powerabout
11-17-2014, 06:44 PM
Think of all the rescue boats to cover that distance, or not as the case may be....

Willabee
11-18-2014, 02:01 PM
Special "Wing" Molinari /Merc Boat

Driver Carlo Rasini
Italy 1969

Thanks Stefano Rancati

As you know, the early single engine Molinari's were blown over quite frequently. That was primarily due to two factors, they rode high in the nose and were driven by a bunch of guys that had just climbed out of a V bottom. In addition, I should mention that they were not equipped with power trim. In the summer of 1969, I was running some tests on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh in an 18'er with power trim when I saw a strange looking object coming towards me. Turns out it was an identical 18'er with that exact same wing attached to the nose.

Dick Snyder's engineering group had borrowed the boat from the racing division and were trying to solve the "blow over" problem. Elmer Nord was driving the winged machine and said he thought it worked pretty well. I believe that he added it took some getting used to, but after he blew it over, he got much better at running it into the wind!

If I remember correctly, they had installed a small electric motor to change the wings angle of attack. It moved the wing quickly and they thought they might be on to something. Think they sent it to Renato for his evaluation and apparently Renato figured it was a good thing to let Rasini use because he was sticking with his power trim. :D

Lars Strom
11-18-2014, 05:07 PM
Yes..well my first SE class Schulze/Evinrude did not have power trim and many close calls..!!
I think we all have tried different types of wings on a tunnel boat without very much success.
If I remember right the UIM rules for outboard tunnel boat racing says you can use a wing but it can not be adjusted when racing..(must be fixed)

Lars Strom
11-18-2014, 05:28 PM
Renato in Paris maybe 1976..not sure

Lars Strom
12-10-2014, 08:34 AM
Andy Elliott & Renato..

Lars Strom
12-29-2014, 09:27 AM
Renato Molinari and his brother Giorgio. I guess a victory lap with Evinrude power..

Thanks Sean Barnard for the pictures

Lars Strom
12-30-2014, 09:59 AM
Renato Molinari..Good news for the Great Italian boat racer.

http://svera.se/blogg/renato-molinari-good-news-for-the-great-italian-boat-racer/

Lars Strom
01-13-2015, 05:10 PM
I remember the Molinari family building smaller outboard fiberglass pleasure boats in the early eighties powered by Evinrude
Back then Ital-Marine was the distributor for Evinrude in Italy.
I remember going to Ital-Marine and talk to Mr. Serrotti if I remember right. (Not sure about the spelling of his name.)

Again Marcello Curioni helped me out with pictures and info.
Thank you so much.
See info below.

Hi Lars Strom,
I send you some pics of the trip from Pavia to Venice organized by Angelo Molinari, Sergio Selva, Livio, Rasini and other friends for following the race of Renato Molinari.

Marcello Curioni

Lars Strom
03-08-2015, 10:07 AM
Renato Molinari #165 Tecnocar/Molinari/ Evinrude F1-V8 in Holland 1981
Picture by Bert Huffener

PS. Ital-marine was the Evinrude distributor in Italy back then.

Lake X Kid
03-08-2015, 01:43 PM
The World ON championship race 1972 was in Skokloster, Sweden.

Here is some info from the race. Renato was the winner and I was there racing the SE class.

A link for more including race program and other info.

http://svera.se/blogg/smorgardsbord/vm-racerbat-klass-on-skokloster-1972-komplett-program/

When I met Bob Spaulding in 1971 he was racing this boat - on post# 311 (I think it was a Miles Master). One of the obvious distinction was the cockpit was closer to the bow’s front, than a lot of the other makes.

Fortunate for Bob, he started piloting Molinari hulls at the bigger races in the early 1970’s. Mercury European race manager, Roy Ridgell, later signed up Bob’s British mate Tom Percival to the Mercury squandered (in 1971 if memory serves me correctly).

Tom jumped from OMC power to the Mercury factory team Molinari boats. And he left behind a race boat that had a bad case of porpoising in acceleration, and then level out getting near top end speed. I do not remember what make of boat he had, and it is best left unresurrected and slandered.

Lars Strom
06-05-2015, 09:13 AM
No Gold at Mercury’s Final Rally.. Evinrude/Molinari wins in Bristol 1980


Click link below for full story/pictures.

http://svera.se/blogg/no-gold-at-mercurys-final-rally-evinrudemolinari-wins-in-bristol-1980/

Lake X Kid
10-18-2015, 09:46 AM
Not sure what year but this is Renato´s shop around 1970 I guess.

“Do you know who that is?” Giorgio Molinari asked me, with some excitement in his voice.

I do not know if this was a prearrange visit, or a schedule tour. Roy Ridgell gives —3 times formula one world champion— Jackie Stewart a tour of the Lake Como race shop. I am inclining to believe Stewart did not notify anyone at the shop that, he was going to stop by the shop. Giorgio and I did not have any pre-knowledge of his impending arrival. I think his visit might have been 1971.

Starting on the bottom floor, where the rigging and engine room were. Roy gives Sir Jackie a tour, and proceeds later to the floor above where the carpenters crafted the Molinari wooden hulls (I do not remember if Renato Molinari was present at the time). The one thing that sticks in my mind is, Roy telling Sir Jackie, if we want to go faster then we add another outboard engine to the race boat. And if we need to go even faster, then we clamp-on a third Mercury engine to the transom. (I attached two photos which show the tunnel boat, equipped to handle three engines, which Roy referred too).

After Jackie and Roy went upstairs (maybe even eventually to Roy’s office which was on the third floor), I went to the dock outside. This is where Jackie entered the building, from the lake, and not from the road entry on the third floor. And there sitting patiently in an 18 foot fiberglass runabout, was a pretty blond and two young boys. In retrospect, I have to think, Helen Stewart has waited patiently many times with their two sons in tow, as husband Jackie goes on his inquisitive adventures. I am almost certain Jackie rented the pleasure boat, for a family outing on the picturesque Lake Como, from the Villa d’Este. And then he and his family later motored over to the Como Race Shop.

I attached a photo of Villa d”Este where Jackie Stewart likes to stay, prior and/or post the Monza Formula One Grand Prix race. He stated his pleasure staying at Villa d'Este in his journal dated September 2, 1970, page 127, of Jackie’s book titled; Faster! a Racer’s Diary.

*** I wanted to attach some photos to accompany this post’s text, but this site kept giving me invalid image errors. So sorry!

Rotary John
10-23-2015, 02:51 PM
Jackie Wilson takes credit for arranging that visit by Stewart.

Lars Strom
10-25-2015, 06:11 PM
*** I wanted to attach some photos to accompany this post’s text, but this site kept giving me invalid image errors. So sorry!

YES..I have the same problem..??

John Schubert T*A*R*T
10-26-2015, 04:53 AM
YES..I have the same problem..??
Let me try one

Lars, I get the same message saying "This is not a valid image file"

jackie wilson
12-07-2015, 06:25 AM
Let me try one

Lars, I get the same message saying "This is not a valid image file"
And there was me thinking I was getting soft in the head and computer illiterate ?

John Schubert T*A*R*T
12-07-2015, 03:52 PM
And there was me thinking I was getting soft in the head and computer illiterate ?
Jackie,

They fixed it as I had posted last week. I'll try again now.

skeg
01-12-2017, 02:48 PM
Renato in Stockholm GP 1984

Picture: Pelle Brolin

What does the "MS" stand for?

Powerabout
01-12-2017, 10:05 PM
What does the "MS" stand for?

Mix and Swallow?

Ron Hill
01-17-2017, 08:59 PM
I wonder if anyone knows for sure.

Lars??? What do you know about MS on Renato's boat?

Ron Hill
01-17-2017, 09:01 PM
Jackie,

They fixed it as I had posted last week. I'll try again now.

I don't recall you being third over all. That was the year the steering wheel broke???

Lars Strom
01-18-2017, 06:58 AM
I wonder if anyone know for sure.

Lars??? What do you know about MS on Renato's boat?

MS was part of the Martini sponsor. Not sure what it means.

John Schubert T*A*R*T
01-18-2017, 09:24 AM
I don't recall you being second over all. That was the year the steering wheel broke???
If you are referring to the Parker race when Muncey co-drove with me, go back to my picture & the clip of the top 3. Yes the steering broke, we finished 3rd. I drove the last 3 hours per instructions.

Ron Hill
01-19-2017, 03:48 PM
The boat that Bill and John drove was a Scotti that Jimbo and I drove in Paris, 1972, to a third place in the six Hours of Paris. I was scheduled to run that boat, but told Jack Leek my boat was faster. My Scotti had a few changes for my 6'5" body. As it turned out the OMC Crew didn't realize I wasn't running that Scotti and they failed to check my gearcase on my Scotti. Fred Hauenstein, Jr. and I made one lap on that gearcase.

John and Bill did a great job, seems, the bolts in the steering wheel stripped and they had a long pit stop or they would have won??? Had the dog not stopped to take a crap, he'sd have caught the rabbit.

Paolo Mazzocchi
02-02-2017, 03:00 PM
I wonder if anyone knows for sure.

Lars??? What do you know about MS on Renato's boat?

Hi there, MS stand for Monopoli di Stato and was the name of a popular cigarette brand from the state own tobacco company at the time

Paolo Mazzocchi
02-02-2017, 04:11 PM
Thanks TBuck2003,

The most controversial Saffa/Molinari/Evinrude race boat was the "Molinari Monster" 1979..

I did a complete story about that last year..please click on the link below and read..

The Molinari “Monster”..the real story

http://svera.se/blogg/molinari-monster-the-real-story/

Idroscalo Milano 1979
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Paolo Mazzocchi
02-02-2017, 04:33 PM
This is my own notes/memory watching this race from the shoreline in Auronzo, Italy the summer of 1976..

This was also the first and only time I did see Renato Molinari "play tricks", well not really Renato but his second boat driven by Zoppi I think his name was.
Zoppi sank Cees VD Velden in his Velden /Johnson V-6 on "purpose" by running in to his boat at the start of the race.. just in front of us at the far end of the race course.
Velden sank and Molinari ended up winning both OE and ON. Well..not really in a proper way in my opinion.. (ON)

Hi Lars
Just adding some pictures of Auronzo, thanks to have started this tread it brings back memories good job.
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Paolo Mazzocchi
02-03-2017, 10:34 AM
This is my own notes/memory watching this race from the shoreline in Auronzo, Italy the summer of 1976..

This was also the first and only time I did see Renato Molinari "play tricks", well not really Renato but his second boat driven by Zoppi I think his name was.
Zoppi sank Cees VD Velden in his Velden /Johnson V-6 on "purpose" by running in to his boat at the start of the race.. just in front of us at the far end of the race course.
Velden sank and Molinari ended up winning both OE and ON. Well..not really in a proper way in my opinion.. (ON)

Yes I agree despite being a young fan of Renato I remember well that occasion also my father wasn't impressed...
Here is the "Flying Dutchman" Cees Van Der Velden before race, one of my favorite in the years.
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Paolo Mazzocchi
02-03-2017, 12:04 PM
Thanks TBuck2003,

The most controversial Saffa/Molinari/Evinrude race boat was the "Molinari Monster" 1979..

I did a complete story about that last year..please click on the link below and read..

The Molinari “Monster”..the real story

http://svera.se/blogg/molinari-monster-the-real-story/

Some pictures of the race in Milan 1979 when Renato used the twin powered boat against the strong Mercury team. I remember they used the impressive fast cornering Earl Benz trying to trick Renato in an early start. Very nice spectacular race, Seebold was fantastic as usual, Renato was faster but struggled in turning with the bigger boat.
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Paolo Mazzocchi
02-03-2017, 12:39 PM
Not my picture but very interesting..

I young group of very good drivers..Renato to the left, Cees Van Der Velden center and Cesare Scotti to the right..Looks like the AZ desert in the background..maybe not if you look at the truck..Italy??

Cesare Scotti 1972
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Master Oil Racing Team
02-03-2017, 05:34 PM
Thanks for the photos and your memories. Very good. Keep them coming.

Paolo Mazzocchi
02-04-2017, 08:06 AM
Hi Lars
Just adding some pictures of Auronzo, thanks to have started this tread it brings back memories good job.
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A rather worried Renato overlooking his brother Giorgio working on the engine...
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Tears? More likely the champagne in his eyes..
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Roger Jenkins
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Paolo Mazzocchi
02-04-2017, 09:52 AM
Renato Molinari in his Saffa / Evinrude 3 liter V6 looper in the Pavia to Venezia marathon race 1978.

A 415km long river race and average speed of 187 km/h

Picture by Stefano Rancati
Thank you

Renato With no mustache at the re fuel stop isola Serafini 1972 Raid Pavia Venezia
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Paolo Mazzocchi
02-04-2017, 10:15 AM
Renato in Paris maybe 1976..not sure

Same boat on test at lake Como Renato/Reggie Fountain
One beautiful boat

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Paolo Mazzocchi
04-20-2017, 10:32 AM
Thank you
The credit would go to my father and his faithful Minolta to take most of the pictures. He use to race in the OF category building his own boats and modifying his Carniti 1000cc into a half Mercury and designed and developed an electronic fuel injection for it.
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He was good friend with Angelo Molinari and we would visit often him and viceversa and my memory goes around an "osteria" table at hours long dinners listening at Angelo stories and jokes eating great food also I remember when we use to take him for truffles. Very good and clever person and his wife Sig.ra Amelia great genuine people, here with Angelo smoking his pipe on lake Como.
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Lars Strom
01-07-2018, 07:15 PM
London GP 1984 - Team Molinari/Martini/Evinrude F1-V8
#18 Renato Molinari, #19 Kicco Vidoli and #35 Barry Woods.
Barry Woods won the race over Billy Seebold in his Seebold with Mercury big bore T4 power and Johnny Sanders driving a new Burgess with the Mercury Wizard.
Yes..its the facts.

Powerabout
01-07-2018, 08:00 PM
what is this???

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 05:03 AM
what is this???

I was there..in Auronzo, Italy 1976 watching the OE World championship race from the shore.

Renato used this 3 cyl. Merc and I did see the engine. Not sure about the powerhead but it was a fuel injection.
This OE World Championship was not a big deal that year.
Renato was the only Merc driver with a good engine.
OMC/Paul Kalb made every OMC OE driver angry that year so they was not racing.
There was only two OMC drivers in the race using the new OMC OE racing mid section/gearcase with the FT-19s powerheads Bo Nilson and I used in Sweden for the SE Championship race.
Jenkins left OMC a few weeks before the race and drove a Burgess/Archimedes/Konig.
Molinari won and here is some info and result.

Powerabout
01-08-2018, 06:47 AM
With that bolt on port cover it might be an early Caldwell....lol

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 06:55 AM
HeeHee I don't really remember but I think it was a regular Merc 650/700X with fuel injection..not very fast but still the winner because of poor competition..and lots of unapproved testing at very high attitude.:D

Powerabout
01-08-2018, 07:24 AM
HeeHee I don't really remember but I think it was a regular Merc 650/700X with fuel injection..not very fast but still the winner because of poor competition..and lots of unapproved testing at very high attitude.:D
thats even funnier, OMC beats them with 2.0 carby xflow in one class so Merc put injection on 3 cyl xflow to beat the OMC loopers in another class?

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 07:40 AM
Well Yes and No,
Renato won both the ON and OE World title that weekend.

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 11:00 AM
A wrote this story long time ago at Svera.se..

http://svera.se/blogg/racing-historier/four-european-championship-titles-in-a-row/

"Bo and I made a plan to fly to Auronzo, Italy just to watch the OE World Championship. The ON World Championship was at the same time.
Paul Kalb was not happy to see me there and Roger Jenkins was upset with Paul Kalb to, so Roger Jenkins was racing the Volvo Penta/Konig at this race.
This was the first time the Volvo was doing really good and Roger Jenkins was leading the race when something went wrong.
Well, my brain started to spin: Me – Volvo – Sweden – Problem with Paul Kalb – OMC kicking out Billy Huzell who really was behind my success in racing
The drivers Paul Kalb picked was way behind in the race and I was smiling.
Remember that OMC was using laughing gas to go faster, but that did not help.
This was also the first time I did see Renato Molinari play dirty, well not really Renato but his second boat driven by Zoppi I think his name was. He sank Cees VD Velden on purpose by running in to his boat just in front of us at the far end of the race course. Molinari ended up winning both OE and ON at that race, but not really in a proper way. (ON)
Paul Kalb had a bad bad weekend, and after the Race he apologized. Now he wanted Bo and Lars to race Amsterdam and Rotterdam with one of the OMC factory OE boats"

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 03:22 PM
Renato Molinari on the way to victory in his Molinari F1-V8 OZ class racer in Nottingham 1981.
Powered by an Evinrude 3.5 liter V8 2 stroke looper carb model.

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 03:24 PM
Bristol - Embassy GP 1977
Bob Hering #3 first and Renato Molinari #2 behind. Both driving Molinari/Saffa/OMC V6 2.448 liter cross-flow.

John Schubert T*A*R*T
01-08-2018, 03:28 PM
A wrote this story long time ago at Svera.se..

http://svera.se/blogg/racing-historier/four-european-championship-titles-in-a-row/

"Bo and I made a plan to fly to Auronzo, Italy just to watch the OE World Championship. The ON World Championship was at the same time.
Paul Kalb was not happy to see me there and Roger Jenkins was upset with Paul Kalb to, so Roger Jenkins was racing the Volvo Penta/Konig at this race.
This was the first time the Volvo was doing really good and Roger Jenkins was leading the race when something went wrong.
Well, my brain started to spin: Me – Volvo – Sweden – Problem with Paul Kalb – OMC kicking out Billy Huzell who really was behind my success in racing
The drivers Paul Kalb picked was way behind in the race and I was smiling.
Remember that OMC was using laughing gas to go faster, but that did not help.
This was also the first time I did see Renato Molinari play dirty, well not really Renato but his second boat driven by Zoppi I think his name was. He sank Cees VD Velden on purpose by running in to his boat just in front of us at the far end of the race course. Molinari ended up winning both OE and ON at that race, but not really in a proper way. (ON)
Paul Kalb had a bad bad weekend, and after the Race he apologized. Now he wanted Bo and Lars to race Amsterdam and Rotterdam with one of the OMC factory OE boats"
Lars, You need to back down on your criticism of Paul Kalb. Paul had many friends & did a lot for APBA racing starting outin small stock outboards helping many get started in racing.Paul was very 2 stroke smart & even was Edgar Rose’s R&D guy when OMC developed their new snowmobile engines. He also was after Miller’s mentor as well as others. You & others may have had your issues with him in Brugge, but let those issues already stated just lie

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 03:40 PM
OMC's massive win in Bristol-Embassy GP 1977.
Renato Molinari was on fire in his is new Evinrude V6 CCC and his in line 3 CC in this race. Renato was not only the overall winner in the OZ class #2 Molinari/Saffa/Evinrude V6 2.448 liter cross-flow.
He was also the winner in the OE class #165 Molinari/Evinrude CC.
Yes I was there racing OE and finished sixth in my Molinari/Volvo Penta/Konig
Well..it was OMC engines in the top four overall positions .

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 04:22 PM
Jimbo McConnell driving the #26 OZ Class Molinari/Saffa/Evinrude CCC V6 2.448 crossflow in London/Thames 1977.

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 04:27 PM
Barry Woods in his Molinari/Nordica/Evinrude F1-V8 boat.

The F1-V8 start in Munich, Germany 1985.

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 07:08 PM
Renato in London GP 1984.
#18 Molinari/Martini/Evinrude F1-V8

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 07:19 PM
Bob Spalding in his #11 Molinari/Nashua/Johnson F1-V8 3.5 Liter, looper, carb model with 12 inch midsection.

Powerabout
01-08-2018, 07:29 PM
When did they start using methanol in the 3cyl?
Did they ever try in any v6?

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 07:38 PM
When did they start using methanol in the 3cyl?
Did they ever try in any v6?

I was part of testing out methanol at the OMC factory in Brugge/Bruges 1975 for the first real OMC OE class race engine.
Turn out pretty bad and I could have lost my life in a really bad crash at the factory.
For a few reasons I am only posting a link to what happen..
http://svera.se/blogg/racing-historier/lars-mega-crash-at-the-omc-factory-1975/

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 07:44 PM
Alf Bullen driving the #6 Molinari/Evinrude CCC 3 liter V6 looper fuel injection. I think it was 1979.

Powerabout
01-08-2018, 07:57 PM
I was part of testing out methanol at the OMC factory in Brugge/Bruges 1975 for the first real OMC OE class race engine.
Turn out pretty bad and I could have lost my life in a really bad crash at the factory.
For a few reasons I am only posting a link to what happen..
http://svera.se/blogg/racing-historier/lars-mega-crash-at-the-omc-factory-1975/
How long did they keep using the Methanol or did the UIM stop it?

Lars Strom
01-08-2018, 08:05 PM
How long did they keep using the Methanol or did the UIM stop it?

I used methanol in all the UIM OE sprint races from 1975 up to 1982. If I remember right was methanol banned after the 1982 season.
Yes..methanol was tested and used in some shorter V6 races. You use way more methanol and in longer races the boat gets to heavy in the beginning of the race.
I used 50/50 methanol/gas in the Paris 6 hours race 1977 running my OE class Molinari/Volvo Penta-Konig.

Lars Strom
01-09-2018, 07:33 AM
Renato in London GP 1984.
#18 Molinari/Martini/Evinrude F1-V8

The start, Renato's brother is standing on the dock.

Lars Strom
01-10-2018, 10:10 AM
Angelo Vassena of Itay in his Molinari boats with Evinrude/Johnson power.
R.I.P my friend

Lars Strom
01-21-2018, 02:11 AM
Renato Molinari 165 & Carlo Columbo 161 in the first F1-V8 race ever.
Brodenbach, Germany 1981

Lars Strom
01-21-2018, 01:23 PM
Wayne-Master Oil..check the driver in the first picture (post 372) standing on the dock without a hat. You know him..!!..;)

Master Oil Racing Team
01-21-2018, 01:42 PM
I was looking at him earlier Lars, after you first posted the picture and he seemed familiar to me, and I thought I knew him, but I didn't scrutinize the picture too closely. Now I'm going to take a good look. Yeah... Joachim Mareth. If he was in black, I would have instantly known. Thanks for the heads up Lars. Looks like Ranier Bisterfeld in the yellow windbreaker to the right of Joachim.

Lars Strom
01-21-2018, 01:44 PM
It's Dieter Konigs sisters son Joachim Mareth. We drove together in Paris 6 Hours 1977.

http://svera.se/blogg/paris-6-hours/a-konig-outboard-in-paris-six-hours-1977/

Lars Strom
01-21-2018, 04:30 PM
Renato Molinari #165 Molinari/Martini/Evinrude F1-V8 3.5 liter 2 stroke looper.
Year 1982.

Lars Strom
01-22-2018, 05:10 PM
Renato Molinari #165 Molinari/Martini/Evinrude F1-V8 3.5 liter 2 stroke looper.
Year 1982.

Lars Strom
01-24-2018, 07:37 PM
Barry Woods in his #35 Molinari/Nordica/Evinrude F1-V8 3.5 liter 2 stroke looper with fuel injection and 6 inch mid-section. (1985)

Lars Strom
01-25-2018, 05:34 PM
Renato Molinari 1981. His first F1-V8 #165 Molinari/Evinrude V8 3.5 liter 2 stroke looper.

Lars Strom
01-25-2018, 07:21 PM
I think this is from 1977. Renato's first year with Saffa as his main sponsor.

Lars Strom
01-25-2018, 08:02 PM
Renato Molinari #165 Molinari/Martini/Evinrude F1-V8 3.5 liter 2 stroke looper.
Lake Como 1982.

Lars Strom
01-27-2018, 07:09 PM
Steve Pinson, UK in his #17 OZ class Molinari/Johnson V6 RS 2.448 liter cross-flow 1978.

Lars Strom
02-04-2018, 01:10 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8u2ecym88s&sns

Master Oil Racing Team
02-05-2018, 09:32 AM
Here's one for you Lars. Molinari at the 1978 UIM OE World Championships at Dayton, Ohio.

Master Oil Racing Team
02-06-2018, 07:43 PM
1978 UIM OE World Championships Dayton, Ohio. This is a different heat with Renato yawning and getting ready to race. The only reason I was taking pictures is because the first three heats were so windy that the hydro's couldn't run. It was unusual weather to cause Eastwood lake to be so rough.

Master Oil Racing Team
02-06-2018, 07:58 PM
Thought you might like to make a comment on this photo Lars. Again 1978 OE World Championships at Dayton, Ohio.

Steve Pinson
02-08-2018, 11:22 AM
Here's one for you Lars. Molinari at the 1978 UIM OE World Championships at Dayton, Ohio. The man in the white shirt sat on the side of Molinaris boat looks like Ward Cox the OMC gearcase specialist.

Lars Strom
02-08-2018, 05:58 PM
Thought you might like to make a comment on this photo Lars. Again 1978 OE World Championships at Dayton, Ohio.

I was not racing the OE class that year Wayne, but I can see Renato is using an aftermarket mid section (second picture). If I remember right with a Merc gear case. I know Renato used a similar mid-section the year after (1979) in the World OE event in Evian, France. I was racing the # 56 Velden OE class boat owned by Cees in the race. My Velden boat was extremely fast but the rough water at Lake Geneva made it difficult to use the high top speed.
Instead it was a race to try to survive and I ended up sixth overall.
Close to thirty boats in the same class..
Renato won but this was the end of aftermarket mid sections/Merc gear cases for Renato. OMC told him to use the engine the way OMC built them..

Lars Strom
02-10-2018, 08:17 AM
One more thing with your picture of Renato's engine and Jack Leek..Wayne..!!
Maybe Jack is thinking..I told Renato not to bring that mid section with a Merc gear case..Well Bob Hering won with a OMC midsection gearcase.

Lars Strom
02-10-2018, 09:03 AM
Brodenbach, Germany 1977 #40 OE class Molinari/Volvo Penta/König

Paolo Mazzocchi
04-27-2018, 01:16 PM
Hi Lars
Picture of 6hrs Paris

Paolo Mazzocchi
04-27-2018, 02:44 PM
One of Angelo 3 point racer in the sixties

Lake X Kid
04-27-2018, 03:01 PM
My Velden boat was extremely fast but the rough water at Lake Geneva made it difficult to use the high top speed.
Instead it was a race to try to survive and I ended up sixth overall.
Close to thirty boats in the same class..
Renato won but this was the end of aftermarket mid sections/Merc gear cases for Renato. OMC told him to use the engine the way OMC built them..

Albeit another reason OMC told Renato to race the engines as supplied, is Now the Velden hull is competitive and the Molinari hull is not the sole dominate hull, as it once was maybe in the past. As illustrated in this race with three Velden hulls finishing in the top six, and with only one Molinari hull in the top six. Renato was competing with Cees Velden for the primary hull supplying OMC race boats.

Paolo Mazzocchi
05-20-2018, 01:53 PM
Auronzo picture my father took with me on the left in front of crashed hull

A wrote this story long time ago at Svera.se..

http://svera.se/blogg/racing-historier/four-european-championship-titles-in-a-row/

"Bo and I made a plan to fly to Auronzo, Italy just to watch the OE World Championship. The ON World Championship was at the same time.
Paul Kalb was not happy to see me there and Roger Jenkins was upset with Paul Kalb to, so Roger Jenkins was racing the Volvo Penta/Konig at this race.
This was the first time the Volvo was doing really good and Roger Jenkins was leading the race when something went wrong.
Well, my brain started to spin: Me – Volvo – Sweden – Problem with Paul Kalb – OMC kicking out Billy Huzell who really was behind my success in racing
The drivers Paul Kalb picked was way behind in the race and I was smiling.
Remember that OMC was using laughing gas to go faster, but that did not help.
This was also the first time I did see Renato Molinari play dirty, well not really Renato but his second boat driven by Zoppi I think his name was. He sank Cees VD Velden on purpose by running in to his boat just in front of us at the far end of the race course. Molinari ended up winning both OE and ON at that race, but not really in a proper way. (ON)
Paul Kalb had a bad bad weekend, and after the Race he apologized. Now he wanted Bo and Lars to race Amsterdam and Rotterdam with one of the OMC factory OE boats"

Paolo Mazzocchi
05-20-2018, 02:05 PM
Renato inboard tunnel hull 67707

Paolo Mazzocchi
05-20-2018, 02:08 PM
Auronzo picture with crashed hull67708

Lake X Kid
05-25-2019, 04:58 PM
The Porsche was cornering hard, and tire grip was squealing with tension /
On Como mountain curve, the driver was leaning the car on its suspension /
The road trip started at, Auronzo (quick, agile) which also defines this 911 /
European Championship was, to be determined at this mountainous haven /

F1 boat engines came to wake-up, the snow ski resort area north of Venice /
Not close enough to Austria to be heard, and weeks before 6 hours of Paris /
Mike Downard representing, the USA arrived, with his 4 blade secret prop /
Tom Percival in his Jaguar with family inside, motored-up to lake’s hilltop /

Honey, sister-in-law of Cees came too, a blond beauty that Bob admired too /
At a host event by the city, the night before the race, in shyness I withdrew /
They held a beauty contest, and a lady asked me “do you think I am pretty?” /
In my mind I said of course Gillian, Tom rescued me and said she is pretty /

Next day I was more confident, “pull the kill switch,” as he putted by pits /
I told Tom, with his boat sinking, on the starboard side with transom splits /
In the race, Bob Spalding and Percival could not seem to avoid each other /
Side by side, might be were the gash occurred between teammate brothers /

I jerry rigged Tom’s kill switch to work, a clothes pin type that misaligned /
Patch was glued and nailed to hole, by Como’s singing carpenter as assigned /
Mike’s blow over (trim pump’s malfunction solenoid) became an Italian show /
Cees, Bob and Tom, were racing for third behind Cesare and Renato’s tempo /

I have seen this cousin rivalry before, these two racing for the win at Bolsena /
A boat length behind on Lake Santa Caterina too, Cesare Scotti has dilemma /
Cesare gets pinched between Renato on the right and back-marker on port side /
The compressed air between, Renato and the other boat lifts Cesare boat to glide /

Straight up out of the water and level, like jumping a wave, a literal air wave /
boat and driver returned to the water’s surface level, recovery a close shave /
Cesare raced second to cousin Renato again, and some say as boat builder too /
This race meant a lot to Renato, surely why he brought the carpenter there too /

“Do you want to ride back with me?” Winning is a shared moment to delight in /
Slowing from autostrade excessive speed, the 911’s braking power made me grin /
On long sweeping right-hander curve over Como ravine, I looked down at the lake /
Renato Molinari squealing tires, I have confidence in you, with no nervous shake /
rsr

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Master Oil Racing Team
05-25-2019, 07:44 PM
Very interesting. A little bit disconnected at times, but a very good comment on the races. Like all your posts

Paolo Mazzocchi
05-27-2019, 01:07 PM
Thanks
I found some more pictures of Seebold in Milan and in Paris in the river Seine and Velden

Paolo Mazzocchi
05-27-2019, 01:26 PM
Velden 6Hrs Paris and a wet Bill Seebold plus with Mercury team with Angelo boats

Mark75H
05-27-2019, 05:41 PM
Got any more? These are great!

Fred doesn't have his straw Merc hat

Paolo Mazzocchi
05-28-2019, 11:26 AM
Looking for more pictures I found this cut out article from Gazzetta dello Sport dated Thursday 10 October 1974 about the sad loss of Cesare Scotti at the 6Hrs Paris
The second picture is Renato in Boretto po Italy if I remember well

Paolo Mazzocchi
05-29-2019, 05:08 AM
Carlo Rasini, the other picture not sure where it was taken

Paolo Mazzocchi
05-29-2019, 01:53 PM
Auronzo 1976

Powerabout
05-30-2019, 12:30 AM
what is that 3 cyl engine with the bendix looking injection?

Mark75H
05-30-2019, 05:32 PM
what is that 3 cyl engine with the bendix looking injection?

Fred Hauenstein's 3 cylinder prototype Merc that Michael Werner drove in Europe. It was run a couple times in the US, but only 2 or 3 were made. It was a loop charged motor, maybe 49ci. It never went beyond this testing. Victim of one of the downturns in the economic cycle.

Paolo Mazzocchi
06-05-2019, 08:52 AM
I can only guess where my father Minolta was focusing on.. Beautiful combination. Again if I remember well this was Boretto po Italy

Lake X Kid
09-19-2019, 11:52 AM
This map shows the approximate locations of the boat racing rival shops, of cousins Renato Molinari and Cesare Scotti.
Lake Como one of the picturesque areas of northern Italy, where wooden tunnel boats had some of its earliest evolution.71545

DeanFHobart
09-20-2019, 10:12 AM
Very cool stuff... lots of history here.

Lake X Kid
09-20-2019, 03:35 PM
The single powered Mercury outboard impressed the competitors and media. After this 1966 race, eventually begun Mercury Marine Racing interest to partner with Renato Molinari. A winning partnership of Molinari hulls and Mercury outboards, both evolving. One in aerodynamic design, the other in prop-shaft power increase.

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Lake X Kid
09-20-2019, 03:51 PM
Overhead view of Roy Ridgell driving the Molinari hull boat# 888. Finishing 6th overall in the Miami to West Palm Beach race 1966, and back to Miami the following day.
After the impressive finish by the single outboard, Mr K (Kiekhaefer, Mercury's President & Founder) told Roy not to trailer the boat at the Miami race finish dock. So Roy drove the boat to a local marina and docked there. Carl Kiekhaefer saw an evolution transpiring, and he did not want the Miami competitors and media, to get an unobtrusive view, of tunnel boat's future.

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Paolo Mazzocchi
09-28-2019, 10:00 AM
Angelo and Renato

25XS
10-12-2019, 07:48 AM
Page 3 of this thread, 2nd post, 4th picture shows a small chase boat. I believe it is also a Molinari hull based on this boat for sale in Augusta, Georgia (Pictured)
https://augusta.craigslist.org/boa/d/evans-13-ft-angelo-molinari-tunnel-hull/6965790883.html

Anyone familiar with the Molinari pleasure boats know if this is a fast hull, or just a necessary boat for testing the real race boats?

Lake X Kid
11-30-2019, 04:31 PM
In earlier posts Cees vander Velden talks about becoming a race boat builder, and a rival to Molinari hulls.
Well before Cees built race boats, Dieter Schulze built boats, and some have mention that he and Angelo Molinari (Renato's father) were the early innovators of tunnel boats powered by outboards.

Therefore I wanted to post photos of Dieter (these are pictures of him in America at a race).
And also included the 1968 Paris race results, with Schulze hulls finishing 2nd & 3rd to Renato Molinari.

Post 131:

"Chasewater 500" 1970 was very interesting reading for me.

Back then I was working at Heidi Blomberg Marine outside Stockholm.
As a 16 year old boy I was watching my boss Bengt Blomberg and his wife Heidi racing those nice Schulze cats with Merc engines.
Heidi was born in Austria next to Dieter Schulze and I remember Dieter visiting the marina in Sweden where I was working.

Here is a few pictures of Bengt Blombergs Schulze cats and the letter from him to me..
You can see Heidi, (Bengts wife) driving the yellow OI 19 cat..

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Lake X Kid
11-30-2019, 05:25 PM
In an earlier post Cees vander Veldon talks about entering the race boat building business, and becoming a rival builder to the Molinari hull. Well before Cees was a rival, Deiter Schulze was a 1960's rival to the Molinari hull.

Here are some photos of Deiter in America at a race. And also the 1968 Paris results, when Schulze cats finished 2nd & 3rd to Renato Molinari.

Post 131:

"Chasewater 500" 1970 was very interesting reading for me.

Back then I was working at Heidi Blomberg Marine outside Stockholm.
As a 16 year old boy I was watching my boss Bengt Blomberg and his wife Heidi racing those nice Schulze cats with Merc engines.
Heidi was born in Austria next to Dieter Schulze and I remember Dieter visiting the marina in Sweden where I was working.

Here is a few pictures of Bengt Blombergs Schulze cats and the letter from him to me..
You can see Heidi, (Bengts wife) driving the yellow OI 19 cat..

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Lake X Kid
11-30-2019, 07:15 PM
Here are some Molinari tunnel race boats, in design time-frame sequence.

Boat 888 the 1965 - 1966 look.
Boat 46 the 1967 - 1968 look.
Boat 12 the late 1960's design.
Picklefork 1972 - 1973 design.

Renato Molinari on one of his first pickleforks, leaves the Como shop heading out on Como Lake to test.
Boat 888 the first Molinari hull to race in the USA. Piloted by Mercury factory team driver Roy Ridgell.

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toritatv
11-22-2021, 11:36 PM
Old is Gold ....golden era of shipping and boring for a life jacket for adults (https://www.mazuzee.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=90_309&product_id=2846
)....the pictures reflect the past history....

Lake X Kid
02-21-2022, 10:49 AM
Don Aronows son (Michael) we have this ...

Lenny, when my dad came back from Europe in 63-64 he spoke about these great Molinari cats that he had seen and how great they looked, ran and handled. Fast forward to the summer of 67 when we were racing in Europe. During that time, Don once again had the opportunity to watch the Molinari cats in action and this time he ordered two to be delivered to him in North Miami Beach, either at Magnum or to one of his little work/test shops. He had spent the day with Francesco and/or Vincenzo and they had introduced him to Angelo Molinari.

To quote from the Fort Lauderdale News, January 26, 1968 by Johnny Wilson, Outdoor News Editor who had interviewed Dad - "Take one of the finest Italian-designed and made outboard racing runabouts, revise it a bit and put it through the American production gamut and what do you have? You have the new Maltese Magnum 16, a fiberglass blending of the best qualities of the world's finest racing catamarans- the original race-winning design by Molinari of Italy with improvements and solid fiberglass construction by Magnum of Miami, as proven by Don Aronow, the current world champ in offshore powerboat racing.

Aronow's newest creation (which was just released at the recent Miami Boat Show) will have it first Broward showing today, tomorrow and Sunday at Everglades Marina, where selective demonstrations will be given all three days by factory representatives.

The first American showing of this three year old Italian design was old number 888 which Roy Ridgell of the Kiekhaefer Mercury team drove to a smahing sixth overall with a single engine in the last Miami-Palm Beach version of the Gold Coast Marathon.

But Aronow saw the boats in action while he was touring Europe last summer on his way to the world driving title, and bought a couple for study. The Molinari had won the rugged 6 hour Marathon of Paris two straight years, and even Aronow was impressed. He and the Magnum development team analyzed them from stem to stern and after months of testing, revising and re-designing the twin-keel Maltese magnum 16 went into production.
Of one piece laminated high impact fiberglass, the hull has an aerogynamically designed tunnel from bow to transom and the typical "droop snoot" silhouette configuration of the top European racing rigs.
Aronow says 'She's an incomparable ski boat, a thrilling personal boat and a born to win racing boat - a finer boat than any of the champions from which she was created' ".

This article was titled MAGUNM 16: SUCCESSFUL BY-PRODUCT OF ITALIAN HULL and was printed below two black and white pictures of the Missile, one in our driveway on a trailer and one running with its Merc 125 (the 1250) outboard.
Lenny, the picture you have posted looks exactly like the Magnum Missile 16'.
A year or two later, Glastron's Bob Hammond put Art Carlson and Mr. Molinari together and they began building the Glastron-Carlson-Molinari line of small outboard cats. All three men - true powerboating legends.
To my eye, the Magnum was the winner. It was built with all of those little extras that always made Dad's boats special. It was carpeted and had those 4 comfortable back to back bucket seats and so on. Jim was not involved with Magnum at that time.
Dad had this idea of using the Missile to get from our home in Coral Gables to Magnum on 188th Street in order to avoid the daily traffic. He tried it a few times but decided a comfortable car trumped the pounding and the wetness.
I have these great shots of the Missile including my favorite with Don and Vincenzo running in the bay behind our home when Vincenzo visited.
Dad sold Magnum to Apeco (the American Photocopy Equipment Company) owned by friends Bobby and Clayton Rautbord with Clayton in charge shortly thereafter. The Missile never really got off the ground after the sale. (Socialite Sugar Rautbord was Clayton's wife)
Hope this has helped answer a lot of Missile questions.

A quote from Allan Brown (Brownie)
Mike, I hope you don't mind my piling my recollections on top of yours. Two small points: The builder of the original wooden missiles, 16' and 19' was Dieter Schulze. The missile took up too much room in the small glass shot to create enough bucks to make it worthwhile.

A reply from Michael Aronow
No problem AB, I welcome your input and appreciate the help, - after all, you were there on the street all week while I was in school. As to your post:
You are right on. Dieter did indeed build the wooden 16' and 19' and true enough, there was not enough room in the "shop" to make producing the Missiles worthwhile when the money was in the larger Magnums.
One more interesting little footnote: The Missile molds ended up in the vacant field next to plant 1 at Cigarette, along with that large group of discarded molds and other mold parts, etc. and with all the change of ownerships going on over the years, I do not believe that any of new owners were ever aware of it.

https://www.boatdesign.net/threads/glastron-gt-150.282/#post-19188

amicodellscorpionne
04-04-2022, 10:59 AM
Hello all,
I wonder if anyone here knows the current whereabouts of the beautiful " Martini Bianco " offshore powerboat seen in 1987, driven by Molinari and Cesare Fiorio on the world championship. The hull was a Falcon made by Molinari and the engines were 4 full Gr.C spec Lancia LC2 units made in abarth.
Whatever happened to this boat after '87 until this day ?78389

WaltZucher
08-05-2023, 01:32 AM
Another Swede..Ulf Backman when he wasn't driving his Molinari-Evinrude Ulf was a commercial pilot for SAS..Scandinavien Airlines..tabletop miniatures (https://eldfall-chronicles.com/product-category/miniatures/)

Well..not 100% sure..before my time in racing but I think this is Ulf´s Molinari #24.. https://sharpedgeshop.com/collections/bunka-knives-multi-purpose but it could be his Schulze..I do know the picture is from Paris Six Hours and Ulf drove all the six hours by himself.

Ulf Backman, the racing legend with the wings of a pilot and the skills of a speed demon! Taking on the track for six hours straight like a Scandinavian superhero, all while spreading his prowess across both land and air. A true master of multi-tasking!

Lars Strom
09-23-2023, 01:19 PM
Ulf Backman, the racing legend with the wings of a pilot and the skills of a speed demon! Taking on the track for six hours straight like a Scandinavian superhero, all while spreading his prowess across both land and air. A true master of multi-tasking!

Ulf took his UIM ON class #30 Molinari boat fishing..He was upset with OMC not getting a power-trim for his V4 Evinrude Starflite SS in time for the Paris race.

Lars Strom
11-25-2023, 02:19 AM
Renato in his Unlimited cat powered by twin F1-V8 engines 1983.
Clear Lake, Texas.

Lars Strom
01-03-2024, 06:05 PM
Roger Hinsdale shared a memory.

Timeless.......just a couple of Molinari / CCC/RS powered tunnel hulls

Thanks RH

Lars Strom
01-03-2024, 06:28 PM
.."move on up to an Evinrude"...with Renato Molinari..the F1 Champ 1983.