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  1. 2021 APBA Historical Society; Excerpt from Ron Hill's Book

    https://apbahs.org/ron-hill
    -here-excerpt from Ron Hill's book!

    From APBA's Historical Society web page
  2. Parker 9 Hour 1968: Fred Hauenstein and Ron Hill Drive the DeSilva Wing

    I think we saw 94 MPH, that year. Ray Nydahl had seen 100 MPH on his Keller in the Switzer Wing that Ted May and <b style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: medium;...
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    Needles Marathon 1960

    My brother was very intelligent, he skipped 2nd and 3rd grade. He was much like Young Sheldon. He was great for boat racing politics but as a boat driver.....Saying he "Sucked" would be a complement....
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    I Deleted Some From 2012

    I've "Cracked the Code" on deleting!
    OK, here goes:
    1. Click on your name
    2. View Profile
    3. Visitor Messages
    4. The little square in the upper right hand corner, click it if you want to delete...
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    The Man is Not Wilbur McDonald??

    I did not think that was Wilbur, probably a customer.
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    MCDonal Cabover and Calkins Runabout

    It looks like a Calkins runabout, but it is for sure and McDonald cabover. Mac McDonald was an artist with wood. I think, Mac "Wilbur" McDonald was also a postman. I don't think these are Mac's...
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    When I was a Kid, Like 5-7 Year Old, McDONALD PHANTOM'S Were Fastest

    Rocky Stone would come to SoCal and race the Hearst Regatta. William Randolph Hearst owned the Hearst Newspaper business. The races drew 35,000 spectators.

    Rocky came down from Oregon 4 or 5...
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    191 Is Jimbo in the Goat Boat

    JIMBO and Bob Nagote built at least two of these "Goat Boats". Wilbur McDonald had nothing to do with these boats.
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    Lee Sutter Letter 2/10/2021

    Good morning Ron!!!

    Thanks again for the book. It’s a fun read. Well done!!! Please tell me where I send my donation, again? I think it’s Tana Moore.

    I will send you information about my racing...
  10. Thread: Speed Classic

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    It isn't California, but Post Galveston Hurricane

    We were in Galveston eating breakfast in this little old trailer/cafe. The cook was a "Crack Up", he was turn the pork chops over with his fingers. Next to the cafe was like three blocks of...
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    Not Sure Fred Bowden Ever had a White Daytona

    Fred had lots of every ****, so he could have had a white 19' Daytona, but I don't recall ever seeing it.
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    A Hell of A Lot More Spectators than Racers

    Nothing for anyone one to do, so they went to the boat races...more than 5,000. Less than 50 boats but it was a race...Good job SCSC!
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    Everything has A Life Span

    Trying to blame anything or anyone for boat racing's problems isn't easy.

    Havasu's Outboard World Championships were set up to sell land. This Thanksgiving, November 2020, had more people driving...
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    I Was Trying To Send A Newsletter

    If you got an email or two from me with numbers only, read my newsletter here.

    Bruce, not sure I can write...was in Havasu, yesterday, 11/27/20 construction going on like crazy!

    We call...
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    2020 BRF Newsletter

    https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/ron-hill/ron-hill-here/paperback/product-vq22k8.html?page=1&pageSize=4


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    Nitro Gearcase Usually are broken when I see them.

    I know there are a lot of Nitro gearcases out there. It seems these might be well worth a try!
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    Tana Moore Helped Me More Than Words Can Say

    5 years ago when I started the book, I really hadn't really thought about my dad. As I wrote, and with Tana pointing it out, I never had really ever thought about how close I was with my dad and...
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    Order 100 Books 10/12/20 Ron Hill Here!

    I will post Hill Marine's address:

    2683 Halladay Santa Ana, CA 92705

    $29.95 free shipping......

    Rusty Rae once told me if everyone was like me, he'd be a millionaire. I bought more Speed...
  19. I Was "TICKED" Off with Pop Smith For Awhile

    I got "TICKED OFF" with Pop Smith in 1963. I was sending props to Pop, and buying props. When I got to the Boston Nationals, every C Runabout except Joe Schulte, had a Smith Kamic, LIKE mine. ...
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    Maybe Give The Books Away: Ron Hill Here!

    But charge $30 for the autograph! All profits are going to Tana Moore's dog park of choice.
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    Signed Ones Come from Me Direct

    I have some coming, I can sign one for you and others...no problem.
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    Ron Hill's Book: Ron Hill Here!

    https://www.lulu.com/en/en/shop/ron-hill/ron-hill-here/paperback/product-vq22k8.html?fbclid=IwAR2r1RwLeQt5_C4m3hNGG4VjKSuzEn2W0XYfM4dZ4W3OpwByHc60oBgHFX4

    128 pages of fun reading!

    Thanks to...
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    Part 19: Doug Overbury

    Doug Overbury
    Born in Lachine, Quebec, March 18, 1950

    Married to Christina Overbury
    Two kids: Emily and Patrick
    Elementary School and High School in Quebec
    BASc (Mechanical Engineering)...
  24. Part 18: John, Ralph and Bill DeSilva Boats by Karl Williams

    Subject: "a little history" Part 18 -John, Ralph & Bill DeSilva, DeSilva Boats. John 1899 - 1969 , Ralph June 1, 1922 - (98), Bill June 15, 1926 - 1998

    John DeSilva (father) born: Bear Valley,...
  25. a llittle history" Part 13 J. Leslie St. Pierre by Karl Williams

    a little history" Part 13 J. Leslie St. Pierre, Verdun, Quebec/Rouses Point, N.Y./Bradenton, Florida

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    PART 9: Ron France

    Addendums:Part 5 - Jones - O’Dea Red Head - this will be at the bottom as the Vic Scott advertisement is large.Part 6 - Grove, Oklahoma - man and wife driving in the same race - Fred Mathews and his...
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    A Little History: Part 15 John Webster

    "A Little History" Part 15 - John Webster, Toronto, Ontario, Canada







    Many thanks to Ted Abel for providing a copy of John’s Eulogy that I shall use in its entirety.
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    The Hill Family Karl Williams Part 14

    “A Little History" Part 14 - The Hill Racing Family - California


    A long informative phone call (2-1/2 hrs +) with Ron Hill this past Tuesday afternoon resulted in a lot of information on the...
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    Karl Williams to Ted Abel Part 4.

    Karl Williams to Ted Abel Part 4.


    In the late 40’s and early 50’s the Johnson SR was primarily run on hydros. (“B” hydro) The SR on a runabout (“B” runabout) was never a class listed in the APBA...
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    No, Ron Hill Can't...

    We raced Stock Motors or serious modified alky burners. I have never heard of a Dirty 30. Tim Weber might be right, 20-H gears in a "C" foot...I know down Oklahoma way they did some strange stuff.
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    Karl Williams Part 3

    For Part 3 I am going to take the easy road and use the information from Ted's emails in his own words. (results of working in the racing shop too late tonight)


    In future “a little history”...
  32. "A Little History" Part 11 Stan G. McDonald, Maxville, Ontario, Canada 1894 - 1993

    "a little history" Part 11 Stan G. McDonald, Maxville, Ontario, Canada 1894 - 1993 (99 years)

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    Karl Williams: Part 6

    Karl Williams: Part 6


    I was at the Grove, Oklahoma boat races last Thursday - Sunday and was not able to email part 6.


    Addendum concerning the Jones - O’Dea Red Head kit: After...
  34. Les St. Pierre: Occupation: Railroad engineer for Canadian Pacific Railroad

    https://data.mail.yahoo.com/xobni/v4/contacts/d4bc.d772/photo?spsize=80X80&fallback_url=https%3A%2F%2Fs.yimg.com%2Fdh%2Fap%2Fsocial%2Fprofile%2Fprofile_a64.png&alphatar_photo=true&appId=YMailNorrin&ba...
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    Karl Williams: Part 6

    I was at the Grove, Oklahoma boat races last Thursday - Sunday and was not able to email part 6.


    Addendum concerning the Jones - O’Dea Red Head kit: After communicating with Dick O’Dea with...
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    Karl Williams Part 5 Westerman Jones

    My plan was to keep these “a little history” emails fairly short. This is one guy a novel of 200 pages would not cover his life and accomplishments.

    The Jones family of wooden barrel makers came...
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    Karl Williams to Ted Abel #2

    Mon, Jul 27, 2020






    Before I get into part 2 I have additional information regard Bill Wells and Marcel LeBerge from Part 1.

    Attaching photos: Bill Wells testing on the Thames River in...
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    Karl Williams to Ted Abel Part 1

    Photo is Bill Wells, London, Ontario, Canada at Valleyfield, Quebec 1956.
    Class “C” Hydro. Engine Johnson PR-65 on a boat of his own design and build. (Bill also designed and built a hydro for his...
  39. Thread: 1958

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    Same Gary Ferguson

    Gary lives in Havasu. He worked for Advantage Boats for many years. He designed and built the Advantage Party Cat. A very talented guy. He worked for Art Carlson when there was a Glastron...
  40. Thread: 1958

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    Might Be A Different Gary Ferguson

    Where was Gary working?
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    Johnson and Evinrude 13 Splined Propellers for 75-140 by Hill Marine

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Signature-Performance-Drag-3-Propeller-14-X-24-P-70-140-HP-Evinrude-/153815669292?vxp=mtr&hash=item23d020da2c

    Don'y buy from E-Bay. by directly from me at Hill Marine. ...
  42. Jan Schoonover from Lima, Ohio

    The Dutchman boats were built by Jan Schoonover from Lima, Ohio. Bill Petty owned a Dutchman hull, he was from Ohio, too.

    It does not look like Bill Petty for Wapakoneta, Ohio.

    X-115 came out...
  43. Negative is In Backward: Maybe Canton, Ohio, 1967

    I have not been to Canton , Ohio since 1967, but the Hustler has two X-115's and they were new in '67. Looks like Canton, as I remember it.

    Negative is in backward as he would not be racing that...
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    An Amazing Story Part 1 and Par 2 12/3019

    This is just a cover thread to reduce the number of stuck threads at the top of the forum. Links to all of the sections are found here.

    An Amazing Story Part 1(Historical)

    An Amazing Story Part...
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    An Amazing Story : Part 2 12/3019

    We pick up where Wayne left off on <a href="http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showpost.php?p=62083&amp;postcount=558" target="_blank">An Amazing Story: Part2</a><br>
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    Wanted: Switzer Shooting Star 15'6" or So!

    I want o buy a Shooting Star, glass, not wood, in any condition. The worse condition, the better!
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    WOA: Western Outboard Association

    WOA was considered an "Out Law" club. They made their own rules and McCullough Outboards kind of "Bank Rolled" them. One rule, APBA racers didn't like was the fact that they raced class by...
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    1960 Beloit DSH

    As I recall, the two boys from Seattle with Sid Crafts were fast. I also recall that one of the two got his left side sponson knocked off in the first turn, but he finished the heat with no sponson...
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    The Difference Between a Sid Craft and a Cab Over

    Living in Seattle, you probably remember when the bigger hydros were all cab overs until the Sid Crafts showed up. I don't recall their name, but Mike Raich seems like one name that stands out. ...
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    Dean F. Hobart Asks About 1965-1966 Tunnels

    Were there any tunnel race boats prior to the 1965 - 1966 time frame? If so what were they?

    Thank you.

    My first experience with a tunnel was Havasu, 1966. Dieter Schultz had just won the...
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