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    A Blast From The Past.....This Is Me In 1977

    My wife was going through some boxes and found this picture. It was taken at The Shrimp and Petroleum Regatta in 1977 at Morgan City Louisiana.

    Long ago in a galaxy far away.

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    I had a hydroplane that looked a lot like that. I was 15 and it was back in the early 60s. Only difference was mine had a big old 15 HP outboard on it. Now yours looks like real fun.

    Bob

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    Very cool, Jackie. Those SK boats look skitt-erry and fun as heck.

    I've always been fascinated by the big blown fuel hydros...scary fun! -Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Nyhus View Post
    Very cool, Jackie. Those SK boats look skitt-erry and fun as heck.

    I've always been fascinated by the big blown fuel hydros...scary fun! -Al
    Al, that is a Biesmeyer Hull, arguably the finest Circle Boat ever built. They were fast, handled water well, and would turn on a dime. I owned three of them in my career, this was then 3d and final one.

    That engine was a destroked 427, (399 inch limit in SK), iron heads, 13 to 1 compression, huge roller cam. We had to run carburetors in SK, those are two 660 Holleys on a Edlebrock TR2X Intake. Probably sitting on about 7000 rpm in that picture.

    I agree about the Top Fuel Hydros. I have a real good story about the first time Eddie Hill and Fuzzy showed up at Lake Liberty with his first Blown Fuel Hydro. Until that day, he had never made a pass. Right off the trailer, he went over that magic 200 mph mark. I donít think he had a clue how dangerous those things were.

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    In case anyone here doesn't know what a Blown Fuel Hydro boat is all about..be my guest.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqBX...eVhdCw&index=2

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    It might be tough to ski behind those things.

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    i have never gotten over the real thunder boats.
    you could hear and feel them from afar......
    misson bay just drive by on the freeway
    the new power plants lack the feel of power

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    Thumbs up Eddie is from.........

    ......my neck-of-the-woods. So was Lloyd Ruby.

    Among MANY of his quotes is:

    (About drag boats).....Finally, when "we" crashed....and could NOT find out why.......we got out of drag boats.

    Of course, Eddie had NHRA to fall back on.

    BTW......he drove in a race (SCCA ?) this past week, according to our local news. He's a piece of work.

    Kevin
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    Wheres the trollin motor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter View Post
    It might be tough to ski behind those things.
    I actually pulled a Skier. I just tied the rope to my cavitation plate mounting rod.

    His name was Sonny MaHoskey. He was one of the best skiers I ever knew. We raced in outlaw ski races.

    He had a huge Murdock Ski that looked like a scaffold board. He was built like Arnold Swartzenegger.

    As a demonstration at Lake Liberty, I pulled him through the Quarter Mile at over 105 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Gullette View Post
    ......my neck-of-the-woods. So was Lloyd Ruby.

    Among MANY of his quotes is:

    (About drag boats).....Finally, when "we" crashed....and could NOT find out why.......we got out of drag boats.

    Of course, Eddie had NHRA to fall back on.

    BTW......he drove in a race (SCCA ?) this past week, according to our local news. He's a piece of work.

    Kevin


    Kevin, In the olden days "1961-1963" I worked at Wichita Supply Co. and Eddie Hill was a customer. Some lunch breaks I would go to his shop that was behind his trailer house. He was patient and friendly to a 19 yr old.

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    I just don't seem right the boat not having the addy on the side for Schmidt Marine Machine. I love the part about giving our customers the shaft since 1954.

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    Holy S__t!

    I would love a ride in one of those. Tim

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    You would mess up your pearly whites with all that grinning and gritting at the same time.

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    Thumbs up Ya got that right!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Butch Lambert View Post
    Kevin, In the olden days "1961-1963" I worked at Wichita Supply Co. and Eddie Hill was a customer. Some lunch breaks I would go to his shop that was behind his trailer house. He was patient and friendly to a 19 yr old.
    Butch,

    You missed me by about 10 years.

    I hit town in '73......as a freshly minted EE, via Okla. State U. I started at Allis Chalmbers.....telling friends and relatives that I test drove the tractors.

    Except for short detours to S. Carolina, Ft. Hood, and Dallas.....I've stayed/returned. As for old/long gone businesses......I'm fortunate that I'm now retired......as ALL four of the companies here, that I worked for.....are looooong gone.

    Kevin

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