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    ...with a blown engine. I'm floating...I'm...

    ...with a blown engine. I'm floating...I'm floating.
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    Old water warriors never die...

    Old water warriors never die...
  3. Thread: My Furnal Flyer

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    I knew a guy who raced a D-Hydro with the name,...

    I knew a guy who raced a D-Hydro with the name, "Widow Maker." Also, my brother went to high school with a guy who named his white, Ford coup, "Lil' White Coffin." He rolled it on the then snaky road...
  4. I really got a laugh out of "The New Look" blurb...

    I really got a laugh out of "The New Look" blurb that encouraged racers to look more professional. Having raced back then, I know it's true that most of us looked like "bums in boats."
  5. Thread: 9/11

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    9/11

    On September 11, 2001, I was staying with my brother Charlie in Hot Springs. I was there from Fairbanks, Alaska, where I was working as an FAA inspector. We were scheduled to drive to New Orleans the...
  6. Thread: Konig History

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    Sticky: I can't help, but I'm certain after Wayne...

    I can't help, but I'm certain after Wayne finishes chipping the ice out of his bathtub he will respond.
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    Those sure were some funny looking runabouts...

    Those sure were some funny looking runabouts (page 32) they ran back then!
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    Thanks. Great pictures. Appreciated the "Barbies."

    Thanks. Great pictures. Appreciated the "Barbies."
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    I don't know anything about rc boats, but it...

    I don't know anything about rc boats, but it would be fun to see some of your pictures of them, as well as the boats in action.
  10. Thread: 1959

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    I lived in Long Beach, California, at this time,...

    I lived in Long Beach, California, at this time, but was only eight years old. My dad took me to some boat races at that age. I recall them vaguely. Thanks for these great historical posts.
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    Great Pictures! Those were the days!

    Great Pictures! Those were the days!
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    26 flips in one day? That was some rough racing!...

    26 flips in one day? That was some rough racing! Good thing they weren't going all that fast.
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    I always watch for and appreciate these posts!...

    I always watch for and appreciate these posts! Boat racing history at its best!
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    Great stuff!

    Great stuff!
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    Gotta love the racing togs!

    Gotta love the racing togs!
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    Glad everyone was okay. That being said, great...

    Glad everyone was okay. That being said, great pictures! Congratulations to the photographer. Not only can you see it, but hear and feel it.
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    I keep looking for Dan Futrell in these old...

    I keep looking for Dan Futrell in these old Rooster Tails, but he hasn't turned up. He raced out of Nashville, Arkansas, in the late 1950's, ran a D-Hydro, Am-Pro; I'm not sure what else. Either he...
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    Wow, looks like a smooth ride, like sliding silk...

    Wow, looks like a smooth ride, like sliding silk across glass.
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    Great stuff! Thanks for doing this over the...

    Great stuff! Thanks for doing this over the years. I'm sure racers of all generations appreciate and have fun reading it.
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    Happy New Year, Y'all!

    Happy New Year, Y'all!
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    Yellow with blue numbers and trim: L-113! Well,...

    Yellow with blue numbers and trim: L-113! Well, maybe not. That Marchetti is newer than the ones we raced.
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    Before too much playing in the D hydro, make sure...

    Before too much playing in the D hydro, make sure the jacket floats you. When I first started racing in the late 60s, I wore a jacket that Dan Futrell gave me that he used in the 50s. The first time...
  23. Thread: Old Neal racer

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    Well, that didn't work (I had to back out and get...

    Well, that didn't work (I had to back out and get back in to check it), but if you Google "faa.gov ac 43.13-1b", the first two listings will get you to the manual, and the second listing (PDF) will...
  24. Thread: Old Neal racer

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    Huh. Weird. I can get it. Try this: ...

    Huh. Weird. I can get it. Try this:

    https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/.../99861
  25. Thread: Old Neal racer

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    Just for grins and fun reading, Google (or...

    Just for grins and fun reading, Google (or DuckDuckGo if you're mad at Google) FAA.Gov AC 43.13-1A. It's a handbook (Advisory Circular 43.13-1A, Acceptable Methods, Techniques, and...
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    Marine Stadium

    I sure enjoyed the 1956 article on the Alky Nationals. When I was a kid (see picture), my dad took us out to Marine Stadium to watch the races, and that's where he got the bug to race, which he did...
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    Humans are funny.

    Humans are funny.
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    I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly...

    I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly "got it."
  29. Thread: 1975

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    Great story, Wayne. You should have fought the...

    Great story, Wayne. You should have fought the guy. Then your kids could have told stories about how their daddy fought a dragon. It wouldn't have made any difference if you won or lost--you fought a...
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    My nickname throughout high school and beyond was...

    My nickname throughout high school and beyond was "Stick." I got that nickname as follows. I, at eighteen, was out running around town, late at night, with some buddies, and we were drinking massive...
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    On a short course, with a full field of twelve...

    On a short course, with a full field of twelve boats, that could be fun!
  32. Thread: D-Day

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    D-Day

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    Here’s remembering D-Day, and here’s to our tough British and Australian cousins! “Here’s to you, and here’s to me. May we never disagree, but if we do (add expletive) here’s to me!” Guys...
  33. Thread: Jackie Wilson..

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    Sticky: Totally agree, Wayne.

    Totally agree, Wayne.
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    'Yer a natural, Wayne, and you just created a new...

    'Yer a natural, Wayne, and you just created a new style: Texas Haiku. But back to the Indy 500.
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    Or more to the point: The red Marchetti Hits...

    Or more to the point:

    The red Marchetti
    Hits a wake and rises
    To pirouette like a ballerina
    (splash).
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    That's right. It's a literary thread. I'll do my...

    That's right. It's a literary thread. I'll do my part; here's a haiku:

    Civilization,
    come here, old friend, and look, see
    your psychotic child.
  37. Well, I don't know anything about the Tohatsu,...

    Well, I don't know anything about the Tohatsu, but when I raced Mercs and Konigs, I found that I gained speed if I waxed the deck, vacuumed out all the dirt and gravel, mopped up all the coagulated...
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    I agree. The Duke is a great airplane, a real hot...

    I agree. The Duke is a great airplane, a real hot rod. I kept up with (maintained) four of them between 1981-1990. The TIO-541 screams like a looper beast. Most unique. More systems, more squawks, I...
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    Great pictures of some amazing craftsmanship. If...

    Great pictures of some amazing craftsmanship. If you can keep that Duke flying, no doubt you'll have the looper beast screaming perfect harmony in no time.
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    Dortch?

    Dortch?
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