THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011 - Attention in the race shop this weekend will turn to next weekend's Aurora, Indiana contest which is celebrating it's 13th season this year. The Roar of Thunder Regatta historically draws between 20,000 and 40,000 fans to the banks of the Ohio River near Lesko Park in downtown Aurora. Just minutes from the Cincinnati beltway, Aurora is the perfect setting for a tunnel boat race. Fans have access to the teams, the streets are closed and the haulers and teams set up camp right in downtown, similar to our setup in Marietta, Ohio. Aurora takes it's tunnel boat racing seriously and last year was voted the Superleague's favorite race site by the league's teams and drivers. Here is the television spot being show in the Cincinnati area this and next week to promote the event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT8ctkH6FJY&feature=share.
We hope to have the cracks in the F-2 boat patched up early next week so it will have some time to dry and we will be putting a new engine on the F-3 boat and breaking it in early next week as well. If all goes as planned, both boats will be ready to head for southern Indiana early Friday morning of next week.
But, before we begin our Aurora preparations, Herd Racing's Formula 3 Jesus-themed boat will be making an appearance at a community outing and picnic sponsored by the 26th Street Baptist Church in Huntington, WV. The boat and many team members will be at the event from 5 to 7 p.m. this Sunday, August 14. The community outing, which is free and open to anyone who wants to come, is at 2510 10th Avenue in Huntington, on the side parking lot at the church. Come out and see the boat, enjoy some good food and visit with Herd Racing's mascots Thunder the Water Buffalo and Humble Bumble the Christian bee. Hope to see you there!