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malc 11-23-2012 11:29 AM

Drag Boat Racing
 
Knew of itīs existence since I knew about car drag racing, Hot Rod used to have a column called "Rooster Tales".

Hot Rodīs Finnigan is a boat racer too.


Do they spray VHT on the track.....:D.....?

Richiehd 11-23-2012 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by malc (Post 1614775)

Do they spray VHT on the track.....:D.....?

No Rain-X the bottom, keeps the boat from sticking!

Neat Hot Rod video, thanks

MARTINSR 11-23-2012 12:07 PM

My cousin Vern Amaral was a top fuel boat racer in the 70's and had a number of crashes, living on the edge of death that's for sure!

Panic Mouse Restoration - Page 31

http://www.wediditforlove.com/imagesBOATS/J-COOL-6w.jpg

I remember going to see him run and when we got there we heard that he had already left in the ambulance. He was hit in the head by a hemi valve cover that had flown off a motor!

He was in an episode of a TV show showing one of his crashes back 20-30 years ago I forget the show but was blown away when I saw it.

Those top fuelers were NUTS back then. Now they are in a capsule that was designed (and many of them came from) fighter jets.

Brian

malc 11-23-2012 12:14 PM

Iīve seen the safety casules on other hydroplane racers, exit hatch in the floor.
I took alook at other drag boat vids and the Top Fuelers can really scoot.

Check this out from the link Brian posted, the pilot has a chute on his back. :eek:

http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/9383/scan6p.jpg

MARTINSR 11-23-2012 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by malc (Post 1614799)
Iīve seen the safety casules on other hydroplane racers, exit hatch in the floor.
I took alook at other drag boat vids and the Top Fuelers can really scoot.

Check this out from the link Brian posted, the pilot has a chute on his back. :eek:

http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/9383/scan6p.jpg

Yep to slow the body down, that's my cousin.

Brian

Bad Rat 11-23-2012 01:57 PM

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Had a little of that hole in the water to throw money in myself,, never did any racing, but might as well had,, went through 3 motors in 3 years, and that was just from a lead foot. but it sure was fun,,
finally traded it for a wake board boat,, which the kids enjoyed a lot more,, but I enjoyed the speed part,,,,
I decided to stick with land yaughts,,, its a little cheaper, and ya don't have to know how to swim,,,

MXrider13 11-23-2012 03:50 PM

Drag Boat Racing has always looked really fun to me! Hopefully one day I will get to try it! I really like the Top Fuel boats.

poncho62 11-23-2012 03:54 PM

Former Top Fuel driver Eddie Hill also drove drag boats

http://star.walagata.com/w/pgf127rt/Eddie_Hill_068.jpg

malc 11-23-2012 11:20 PM

Eddie Hill crashed a boat, went over the nose into the water face first, filled his head cavities with water.

TucsonJay 11-24-2012 02:03 PM

Some drag boat coverage on the Speed Channel early tomorrow morning!

bullheimer 11-30-2012 11:28 AM

Love love love love love! Boat Drag racing! Redding, Red Bluff!!!!

International Hot Boat Racing Assoc. : ihbaracing.com - IHBA HOME PAGE

drool drool

TucsonJay 11-30-2012 02:25 PM

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I have to agree! Never been any place but Firebird Raceway in Phoenix... but that brought many of the "big dogs" out!

Imagine a fuel dragster trying to hook up with a prop, a couple fins, and a rudder! Gets pretty wild, and they can't just bounce off of the guardrail!

After about 35 years away, I got back into the model building of my youth. One of the first things I did was get blueprints from one of the major hydro companies, then built some scale model kits complete with capsule, rudder, and V-drive!

Here are pictures of a couple I built from the kits. Of course I had to throw in some custom paint too! :-)~ After that are some that friends built, and the raw kit.

Old Fool 12-26-2012 05:30 AM

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Originally Posted by MARTINSR (Post 1614825)
Yep to slow the body down, that's my cousin.

Brian

yup, and to hopefully hit the water legs first


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