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    Default Boat Racing Family Reunion

    Hi all.

    Thanks for admission to this site. A little about me:

    My dad is JP Jones, brother to CW (Doc) Jones. I was, a pretty young kid, but remember
    all the boat races we went to in Washington and Oregon, including the infamous "Slough Races".
    Remember some of those races included water skiers. When I was 14, dad put me in a Stock A hydroplane and
    we raced a lot in California. We lived in Phoenix at the time.
    Later when we moved to Denver, he gave me the keys to his C-Service hydro and I managed to get 3rd Place at
    the APBA Nationals on Casper Lake in 1964. That was my last race.

    I plan to post on this thread as I remember things, and/or come across old pictures. Just need some time to read some of
    the other threads hoping they will jog my memory..

    Here's a question: Why did we always use a cotton rope to start those opposed firing 30 CI engines?

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    Default Cotton Starting Ropes, For Good Reason

    Old Alky motors frequently had a mind of their own. If they were right, they'd fire off with one pull. But sometimes they'd snap back or "kick back". Much better to break a cotton rope than a human finger or two.
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