|New Records at Chestertown
Two new records were set at Chestertown, Md., Aug. 10-11, as the fourth
annual Chester River Power Boat Regatta offered what officials and
experts termed the "finest in speed boat racing."
The marks were set by Victor Bupp of Mt. Wolfe, Pa., in the 44 hydro
event, and Andrew Lemeshewsky, of Norfolk, Va., in the 280 class.
Bupp sent his Tach-1 over the five-mile course at an average
speed of 50.279 mph to break his own record of 49.505 set over the same
course two years ago.
Lemeshewsky, a Navy flier in his first season of boat racing, piloted
around the course at a speed of 72.757 mph to better the previous record
of 72.493 set at St. Petersburg by Ron Hearn driving Miss Peaches.
The afternoon of racing provided numerous thrills as at least four
boats flipped. In one mishap, Jack Brown, from Langley Air Force Base,
spun out of the second turn of the 280 in Blue Angel and two following
boats ran over him. Brown was treated at the Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital,
where six stitches were taken in his scalp. He was back racing on Sunday,
The popular Skeeter Johnson of Cambridge, Md., in the equally popular
Too, was also a flip victim.
About 70 different boats participated in the two-day event, which is
sponsored annually by the Chestertown Chamber of Commerce and the Frank
M. Jarman Post, American Legion.
Separate trophies were awarded each day, with the presentations Saturday
taking place at the pits and on Sunday at the Legion Home.
Calvert C. Merriken, Jr., was the general chairman and A. S. Turner,
Jr., the race chairman. Al Bauer was the referee.
Mr. Merriken said it would be impossible to list individually all who
contributed to the success of the regatta but assured all that they had
the sincere thanks of the committees for their untiring efforts, before,
after and during the affair.
Among the distinguished guests present were APBA Chief Counsel W. A.
Smith and Mrs. Smith, who were impressed with the way local officials handled
the regatta. "It was one of the best managed boat races I have ever attended,"
AUG. 10 RESULTS
|44 Hydro -
Tach I, Victor Bupp, Mt. Wolf, Po., 1-1 800 points;
Calamity Jane II, Harry Nichol, York, Pa., 2-2, 600 points;
Da-Ro-Be, Bob Overdorf, Montgomery, Pa., 3-3, 450 points.
48 Hydro -
Bad News, Lewis Dorr, Monchester, Po., 2-1, 700 points;
Betty Gal V, George Loeb, Norfolk, Va., 4-2, 469 points;
Road Runner, Art McDougall, Alexandria, Va., 1-withdrew, 400
145 Hydro -
Wanton Duchess, Bill Brown, Richmond, Va., 2-1, 700 points;
Red Top, George Cusick, Cambridge, Md., 1-3, 625 points;
Lil Lectron, Willard Wilson, Wilmington, Del., 4-2, 469 points.
150 Hydro -
Spook, Bob Walter, Dublin, Pa., 1-3, 625 points;
Ulua-Kai II, Francis Coneeny, Carney's Point, N.J., 2-2, 600
Fancy Free, Frank Vernon, Woshington, D.C., I-withdrew, 400
Ski Rac. Run. -
Hanky-Panky, Earl Gilbert, Washington, DC., 1-3, 625 points;
Wildcat, Russ Hamlin, Hazlet, N.J., 3-1, 625 paints (point tie
broken by total elapsed time);
Lil Reb, Andy MacNichol, Short Hills, N.J., 2-2, 600 paints.
280 Hydro -
Hurricane, John Mason, Bethesda, Md., 3-1, 625 points;
Neptune's Lounge, Bob Maley, Warmleysburg, Pa., 2-3, 325 points;
Wildcat, Andrew Lemeshewsky, 1-did not start, 400 points.
266 Hydro -
Apache, Mike Thomas, Harvey Cedars, N.J., 1-1, 800 points;
Miss Washington D.C., Jack Brawn, Longley Field, Va., 3-2, 525
We-Jo Too, Watson Lewis, Baltimore, Md., 4-3, 394 points.
AUG. 11 RESULTS
|44 Hydro -
Da-Ro-Be, Bob Overdorf, Montgomery, Pa., 1-2, 700 points;
Tach 1, Victor Bupp, Mt. Wolf, Pa., 4-1, 569 paints;
Calamity Jane II, Harry Nichol, York, Pa., 2-3, 525 points
48 Hydro -
Road Runner, Art McDougall, Alexandria, Va., 1-1, 800 points;
Bad News, Lewis Darr, Manchester, Pa., 2-2, 600 points;
Kitten II, John Burchfield, Montgomery, Pa., 3-3, 450 paints.
145 Hydra -
Lil Lectron, Bill Wilson, Wilmington, Del., 2-1,700 paints;
Bonanza, Steve Sharp, Havre de Grace, Md., 1-2, 700 points (tie
broken by total elapsed time);
Sandy K, Lemuel Thompson, Chester, Md., 2-3, 525 points.
150 Hydro -
Go-Gal-Go II, Carter Parrish, Port Deposit, Md., 2-2, 600 points;
Sin, Charles Lloyd, Harrisburg, Pa., 3-3, 450 points;
Rudy's Comet, Jack Brown, Longley, Va., 1-did not finish, 400
Ski Rac. Run. -
Das Fireschpitten Laudinboomer, Joe Maybrown, Lang Beach, N.
Y., 1-1, 800 points;
Why Not, Dennis Smigiel, Massapequa, N. Y., 2-2, 600 points;
Flat Busted, C. M. Harbin, Arlington, Va., 4-3, 394 points.
280 Hydro -
Hurricane, John Mason, Bethesda, Md., 1-1, 800 points;
Rowdy, Don Waldorf, Va., 1-4, 569 points;
Wildcat, Andrew Lemeshewsky, Norfolk, Va., 2-3, 525 points.
266 Hydro -
Apache, Mike Thomas, Harvey Cedars, N. J., 1-1, 800 points;
Miss Washington D. C., Jack Brown, Langley, Va., 4-2, 469 points;
We-Jo Too, Watson Lewis, Baltimore, Md., 5-3, 352 points.
APBA Safety Rules Work
By Jimmy Jost
Chairman, Safety Committee
A recent column written by Joe Dowdall of the Detroit Free Press, called
and Boating, discussed Unlimited racing, the Gold Cup, Unlimited
drivers and the injuries sustained by some of the drivers. It was passed
along to me and I
am pleased to have the following excerpts printed in the Propeller
for the general information of all drivers.
"The drivers and doctors credit the safety rules of the American Power
Boat Association for the relatively minor injuries suffered by drivers
in the high-speed crashes. The APBA, governing body of powerboat racing,
enforced its rule that Unlimited class drivers wear only 'approved' life
jackets and helmets.
"The life jackets have a roll collar which is designed to turn the
wearer 'face up' in the water. As in Marvin Henrich's case, who is recovering
from injuries received when Mariner Too blew apart in a high speed
test run on the Detrc!t River, the driver is usually found unconscious."
The jacket, designed and tested by the engineers of the GenTex Corporation,
covers the neck, chest, spine and kidneys. It is strapped on like a parachute
harness so it won't come off even if it is ripped. A driver is strapped
into it around the legs, waist, chest and neck.
"The back of the helmet, tested to withstand a steel propeller striking
it at 7,000 revolutions per minute, protects the head and neck. Each piece
of equipment must be fluorescent orange or red so it may be easily spotted
from a helicopter or patrol boat. The two pieces cost about $100. And they
have 20 testimonials to prove they are worth the price."
Bob Wanamaker, who suffered major back injuries recently when he was
thrown out of his boat, also sent me some comments which will interest
"Forgot to ask if you wanted a good story on the advantages of the
Gentex jacket. .. saved me during last mix-up. ..Broke a Keller throttle
off with the chest pad and took the brunt of a flying DU on my back. ..and
lived! Doctors are amazed that more internal injuries did not result due
to the impact. Gentex sure did me a favor in this respect."
Makes me feel good to know that APBA's efforts for greater safety have
not been in vain.
|Les Brown, driving his Long Gone, and Lou Portalski in the Flood
Brother's Greyhound, gave the spectators a thrilling finish in the
SK event at Aqua Playdium, Lorenzo, IL, Aug 4. Brown won both heats to
take the race, followed by Portalski.
High Point Standings
The following tabulation of national high points is based on summary
sheets received at National Headquarters as of Sept. 6.
Miss Bardahl, Bardahl Chemical Co., Seattle, Wash. 1300
Tahoe Miss, Harrah's Club, Reno, Nev. 1023
Gale V, Gale Enterprises, Detroit, Mich. 750
Notre Dame, Dr. Fraser McDonald, Detroit, Mich. 742
Miss Exide, Milo Stoen, Seattle, Wash. 725
The Redskin, Ted Bowhay, Seattle, Wash...3094
Miss Vitamilk II, William Brow, Seattle, Wash 2169
Confusion, Dale Petersen, Seattle, Wash...1619
Annie's Dodge, Ed Johnston, Spokane, Wash 1488
Challenger, Jack Colcock, Sequim, Wash...1152
Wildcat, Andrew A. Lemeshewsky, Arlington, Va. 6784
Hurricane, John J. Mason, Bethesda, Md 6219
Water Scamp, Ben Lange, Seattle, Wash...4750
Beverly Ann IV, Sidney Johnson, Cambridge, Md. 3613
Sayonara, Dale Burnison, Renton, Wash. 3215
Wa-Wa-Too, Wm. A. Ritner, Sr., Gladwyne, Pa 4988
Miss Washington D. C., Carl E. Henderson, Washington, DC 4396
Apache, Michael Thomas, Harvey Cedars, N. J.3665
Skitter, Don Ward, Torrance, Calif 2694
Holy-Smoke, Earl Wham, Spokane, Wash 2600
J. J. Special, Fred Wright, Seattle, Wash. 3819
High Winder II, Ed Morgan, Jr., Trenton, Mich.. 2900
Gee Whizz, Bob Johanson, Benton City, Wash 2575
Miss Treated, William E. Legg, Seattle, Wash. 2346
Cobalt, Justin C. Schaller, Detroit, Mich. 1300
Avenger 6, Randy Meyer, No. HollywJod, Calif.. 3696
Rowdy.. Paul H. Flohn, E. Orange, N. J 3140
Ulua-Kai II, Francis Coneeny, Carney's Pt., N. J.. 3004
Fancy Free, Frank E. Vernon, Washington, D. C.2994
High Hopes, Jack Hess, Seattle, Wash 2800
Lil' Squirt II, R. Bruce McDonald, Seattle, Wash. 6238
Red Top, Robert E. Tuttle, North Port, N. Y 5500
Fly'n Bucket, V. Paul Bequette, San Diego, Calif. 3890
Lil' Lectron, Willard S. Wilson, Jr., Wilmington, Dela. 3669
Little Deal, Ron Armstrong, American Fork, Utah 3038
Southern Air V, F. C. Moor, Hialeah, Fla 700
Gene Fleming, Sarasota, Fla 400
Petunia, Sam B. Newman, St. Petersburg, Fla 394
Dragon, Sam Crooks, Madeira Beach, Fla 300
Ergo, Alan Robinson, St. Petersburg, Fla 296
Southern Air IV, F. C. Moor, Hialeah, Fla 4825
Short Snort, Lynn E. Montgomery,
Federal Way, Wash 4054
Voodoo II, Jack Philpott, Seattle, Wash 2925
Piranha, H. V. Eastman, Tustin, Calif 2800
Kat-N-Nan II, Paul Bauer, Deerpark, OhiO 2725
Tach-1, Ray P. Myers, York, Pa 6150
Da-Ro-Be, Robert Overdorf, Montgomery, Pa 4432
Bad News, Lewis Darr, Manchester, Pa 2969
Calamity Jane II, Horace Burgard, York, Pa 2592
Fayda I, Dan Bertolette, Norristown, Pa 1913
Gotta Go V, Ennie Argence, New Orleans, La 1600
Angela D Frank Tullos, New Orleans, La 825
Pinkie, Billy R. Overby, Metairie, La 675
Miss-Take, Joe Hartdegen, New Orleans, La 600
Lil Rebel, Fred Wichers, Jr., Gretna, La 169
Hot Cinders, LeRoy Penhall, Anaheim, Calif 4700
Rebel, Gary Robarge, Provo, Utah 3252
Hot Box, Les Jeboult, New Westminster, B. C.. 2369
Hot Mama, Bill Vlacich, Los Angeles, Calif 2119
Buckshe, Max Douet, N. Burnaby, B. C. 2069
Jersey Speed Skiff
Jo-Carol Too, Dan Ardolina Long Branch, N. J.. 3525
Jo-Ann, Joseph Julian, Atlantic Highlands, N. J.. 2625
Restless, Peter Deppert, Hasbrock Heights, N. J...1390
Blacky Carbon, Fred Zbranak, Linden, N. J...1300
Blue Chips, Jack Sweeney, Rumson, N. J 734
Ski. Rac. Run.
Greyhound, Robert Flood, Skokie, IL 3125
Lil' Reb, Alexander M. MacNicol, Short Hills, N. J...2779
Das' Fireschpitten Loudinboomer, Joe Maybrown, Long Beach, N.
Y 2594 Hanky-Panky, Earl Gilbert, Washington, D. C 2413
Chic Sails, Fred Clute, Portland, Ore : 2359
B Rac. Run.
Lil' Bee, Ernie Rose, Patterson, Calif 3100
Stand In, Natz Tabar, Westley, Calif 1650
Slide Rule, Olen Miller, Modesto, Calif 1450
B-Flat, Rollin W. Robinson, Modesto, Calif 1130
B Bop, John Fay, Healdsburg, Calif 619
E Rac. Run.
Riff Raff, Laurence Byward, Costa Mesa, Calif 2700
El-Toro, Peter J. Mistretta, Chicago, III 2469
El Matador, Charles Gerage, Chicago, 111 2400
Daddy's Baby, Joe Poty, Whittier, Calif 2300
Gypsy, Jack Leftwich, Provo, Utah 1750
E Ser. Run.
Second Mortgage, Ben Pumo, Miami, Fla..2807
High Hopes, W. S. Thomas, Gloucester, Co., Va 1625
Dinah-Might, S. R. Boswell, Miami, Fla 1607
Frustration, J. D. Wooldridge, Miami, Fla 1375
El Capitan, Wilfred A. Grusich, New Orleans, La 1152
F Ser. Run.
Scandal, Wm. Bourne, Coral Gables, Fla 4200
Oh! Mona, Del Daily, Miami, Fla. 2769
Miss Conncraft, Robert Conn, No. Miami, Fla 2175
Violator, Ted Brayer, Snyder, N. Y 800
Twister, Richard E. Kelly, Narberth, Pa. 400
FOR SALE - 266, "Goof Grief," New and campaigned only in 1962. High
points Region Six, second in Nationals. $2,500. Varnished mahogany hull,
with cowling and tailpiece, Dodge (375 bhp on dynomometer) will Hillborn
injection and Vertex magneto, Hallcraft gearbox, spare engine, trailer
(electric brakes). Larry Kennedy, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
15 Cents Per Word
FOR SALE - Dick Sooy's 280 Hydro "Susie". Terrific performer!
Two seasons running, 20 wins, 9 seconds, 5 thirds, 1 fourth. Aver. 102.6
mph in kilo, one run 105.8 mph. Boat, motor and trailer with full cover
in mechanically A-1 condition, $2,000. Dick Sooy, Dick's Marina, Northfield,
FOR SALE -BRAND NEW 225. New engine, new hull, new trailer, ready to
run. Full house F-85 aluminum Oldsmobile, Iskendarian cam, Forgetrue pistons,
Edelbrock intake manifold. All absolutely new. Ted Jones designed. Hull
is fiberglassed at stress areas. Handled properly, this machine can break
world mile and competition records. Asking $3,000, will consider trade,
auto, etc. Bill Muncey, Mercer Island, Wash.
FOR SALE - 280 Hydro "Intruder", Colcock hull, Chev. engine,
Custom trailer, canvas cover, Hi J wheel. Boat in perfect shape, in and
out. Price $1,600. Pictures available. Spellman "Poochie" Pellerin, Metairie,
FOR SALE - "Kiwi Too", 266 Cu. In. Hydroplane. New Schroeder
hull, fresh engine. spare parts, trailer. Three races on hull. Good runner.
$1,750. Quitting. Eric Nielsen, Geneva, Ohio