If you’ve been following LVPB for some time then you already know of my love for outboard boat racing. Since I was a little kid when dad was driving these boats, I never got the chance to take a three-point hydro on plane and squeeze the Dead Man’s Throttle. Yes, that’s what they are called on these boats.
I was on a site yesterday that has photos from those years and has a couple with my dad in them, his boat number is M-14 if you see that number. The boat with the number M-21 was dad’s biggest competitor and was world champion in 1967. I once asked my dad what it’s like to drive a boat like this.
He said it will scare the hell out of you. think about it. Your in a twelve foot long wooden boat with a throbbing six cylinder, two cycle engine aft. Basically riding a a piece of wood across the water’s surface at over one hundred miles per hour. And yeah dad, I’d still love to try this today as the names have changed but the sport is very much alive in 2018. Ahhh those beautiful boat racing memories from long ago!!
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