SUNDAY, September 21, 2014 - The 2014 tunnel boat racing season in the U.S. is winding down. Boats were on the water this weekend in Orange, Texas for the annual battle in the F1 Sport and SST-45 classes. Racing, for the most part, culminates on the East Coast next weekend at New Martinsville, WV with SST-60, 120 and 200 racing. You can view the circular for the APR Superleague race online at http://www.aprsuperleague.com/2014_Gazette_NEW_MARTINSVILLE.pdf. Herd Racing won't be participating this year, but our quest to prepare for 2015 continues in the race shop.
We continue to work on our hauler in an effort make it more user-friendly at the race site. We will be adding a new tow vehicle in 2015 to allow for hauling extra engines, fuel and a UTV that we just couldn't fit in our rig this past season. Not having our Polaris Ranger at the races made us have to rely on a volunteer tow vehicle to put our boat in the water at the race sites. With half of our trailer being dedicated to living quarters space we were limited in our ability to haul spare engines or our UTV. We are excited to hopefully be able to have all of that stuff with us next year, including a backup power source should our onboard generator have problems like we experienced a couple times in 2014.
Our SST-120 engines have been torn down at the builder and we are discussing improvements that will be made to those to make them more competitive next year. Our new SST-120 boat is still in Texas, but we are planning to get it moved our way in October so it can undergo some upgrades and be ready for 2015.
Focus is turning toward sponsorship for 2015 as we need to generate some more income to support our planned USF1 series plans that will require much more expense and long distance travel than what we have become accustomed to over the years. As usual, we are looking for good family-friendly companies to partner with that share our values and beliefs.
Lots remains to be done, but luckily we have plenty of time to do it. I'll probably eat those words in about six months when I complain about not being ready for the new season.