the past six years, powerboat racing icons, relics, fans and genuine racing
heroes have gathered each October in and around Jupiter, Fla. The resulting
melee of parties, race team shop tours, parties, go-fast pleasure boat and
race boat fly-bys, parties, story-telling, parties, laughter, parties,
memorabilia auctions, parties, and camaraderie of epic proportions have
resulted in an event that defies description. It also represents the best
opportunity to meet and understand the guys who built the sport we all love.
Welcome to Old Farts
Forever, did I mention that parties are a key component of our events?
Where else can you meet
people who tested, designed, raced and conceived not only the boats and
equipment that support the sport today, but also the very backbone of
racing? Where else do you find people like Alan Brown, who worked side by
side with Don Aronow and Clive Curtis to bring Donzi, Magnum, Cigarette, and
Cougar to the Offshore race course?
And where else can you find
Miss Geico teammates Marc Granet and Scotty Begovich sitting and soaking up
knowledge from Mike Peters, George Linder, Harry Schoell, and the Switzer
Where do you see legendary
racers such as Jackie Wilson who raced a Cosworth Formula 1 stern-drive
against the fastest factory team outboards and won; multi time World
Outboard Champion Ken Kitson; Ben Robertson, Formula One tunnel and Offshore
champion Reggie Fountain who won more than 100 races and Bill Seebold who
won more than 1,000 races, sitting together and swapping lies?
Where else can you see
vintage race boats like Molinaris, Allisons, Switzer Wings, Inboard and
Outboard hydros, speed skiffs and retro Offshore hulls, mixing it up with
present day Champ and Drag boats both in static display and in high speed
flybys? All of this is just a tiny part of the bigger OFF picture.
Raceboats of all vintages and materials were displayed at this
Thunder Regatta - November 18-20, 2016
Snowbirds - haul down in the fall to join
all the fun and then haul back in the spring !!!
Race Boat Circuit