SATURDAY, September 06, 2014 - Our preparations for 2015 are well underway at Herd Racing. Both of our SST-120 power heads have been sent off for rebuild and we have acquired a third and fourth power head for our SST-120 program. A fresh Fairchild Racing engine, Mercury mid section and Speedmaster gearcase are on their way to serve as our primary engine for our SST-120 boat in 2015. Our previous two engines, which are mostly unmodified from their stock foundation, will serve as backups after freshening, as will a fourth older powerhead we obtained from a team buyout a few years ago. That engine is being refreshened up a little at Book Brothers Marine before going into service.
Our Formula 1 team will also have the benefit of having four powerheads to start the 2015 campaign as well. We will be running 2.4 Mercury fuel injected engines in F1 in 2015 and will have a Bridgeport powerhead and backup, as well as two additional oval port backups to fill the void should we need them. It will be the first time since our team began boat racing in 2010 that we have entered a race season with any sort of backup plan for engines. We hope to have a solid four engines for each class of boats on the trailer and ready for break-in before closing up the shop for the winter in a few months.
We are still a few weeks away from getting our SST-120 Seebold hull from Texas. Tim Seebold is fabricating an airbag system for it and Gordon Downard is preparing to install the airbag before we lay paint to the hull and begin getting it ready to race. Next up on the operating table for Gordon will be our F1 Lamb hull which is going to undergo some deck work and sponson strengthening over the winter. Both hulls should be ready to race well before spring testing arrives in May.
Our Hoffman hull will serve as a back up boat for both classes next year. Others may still be racing, but in the Herd shop all focus is on what's on our plate for 2015!