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Busy week coming to end . . .
Busy week coming to end . . .

FRIDAY, October 24, 2014 - A very busy week is one day from being in the books.  We started out week last Sunday afternoon detailing and applying decals to our Hoffman F1 backup boat in preparation for a public appearance.  Monday took us two hours to the north to visit with 38 star students at Blennerhassett Elementary School in Parkersburg, WV who had been participating in a reading event during the fall semester.  The two most improved readers in each of the school's 19 classes got to spend some time with us and get their photos taken with the boat.

Back in the shop this week we modified the fifth wheel connection on our living quarters hauler to match it up with our new toterhome hauler.  Tomorrow, the toterhome will head out for a state inspection and get ready for some routine maintenance and improvements we want to get behind us before the West Virginia winter kicks in.  We will begin moving the hauler indoors and packing the shop full of boats and other toys this coming week as we have some good weather coming.

Our two SST-120 powerheads are on the work bench getting new pistons and some porting, head and carberator work.  We expect those to be finished up and back at the shop by Thanksgiving.  And two of our F1 2.4 liter powerheads are also on the work bench getting the fuel injection system overhauled. By the time we get ready to head to the water in April 2015 we should have everything rebuilt and ready to race in both F1 and SST-120.

In other news, the Huntington Classic airing's on Fox Sports Ohio ended it's initial run of airings tonight with an 8 p.m. primetime showing.  In all, the race aired seven times on the network and no further airings are scheduled at this time.  The race is always available on YouTube by clicking on the RMG Sports site or by visiting

Dana Tomes

Huntington Classic has two more airings . . .
Huntington Classic has two more airings . . .

SUNDAY, October 12, 2014 - The Powerboat Nationals innaugural race in Huntington, WV from this past July will air two more times later this month on Fox Sports Ohio.  The 2014 Huntington Classic, filmed and produced by RMG Sports, will air on FSN-OH on Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 p.m. and again on Friday, October 24 at 8 p.m.  The showings will be the sixth and seventh airings of the 2014 race on FSN-OH.  No additional airings are scheduled at this time.

The 2015 Huntington Classic is in the early planning stages.  The race will seek to keep it's last weekend of July race date pending APBA sanctioning.  The race has been conducted on the final weekend in July the past three years and seeks to keep that date due to other regional races on either side of the race date.  The Trenton, MI race has historically been the weekend before Huntington and the Portsmouth, OH race has historically been the first weekend in August.  The Huntington race has had to unfortunately take place on the same weekend as another race in Minnesota, but local promotors have scanned the summer schedule and can find no other dates that work with the scheduling of use of Huntington's Harris Riverfront Park.  The park gets a lot of use in the summer, hosting community events and symphony orchestra outdoor performances throughout the summer.  So, the final weekend in July it is.  The 2015 race will stay at three days.  Our local committee had considered expanding the regatta festival to the Thursday preceeding the weekend race, but organizers have decided to just try to make the Friday-Sunday festival as nice as possible.  2015 plans include an expanded carnival, higher profile music acts and possible nighttime fireworks.

Dana Tomes

New Seebold coming home next weekend . . .
New Seebold coming home next weekend . . .

SATURDAY, October 4, 2014 - Our new Seebold SST-120 race boat is making the journey from west Texas this coming weekend.  Jack Randolph is planning to deliver the boat from his shop in Shallowater, TX on Friday and meet up with Gordon Downard in Memphis, TN on Saturday.  Gordon will tow the boat the rest of the way back and re-install a Seebold driver airbag system which Tim Seebold is preparing for us.  The boat was one of the last boats built by Seebold Sports before they quit building boats several years ago.  The boat was originally built for Tim Seebold and was later sold to Jack Randolph after Tim quit racing SST-120 races on a regular basis.  We are excited to get the boat here so early in the off-season so we can get it ready for racing before we enter the long northern winter hibernation here in a month or two.  Other than re-installing the airbag system, which Tim removed before selling the boat to Jack, the boat is pretty much set up and ready to race.

Things are moving along well.  Our Lamb F1 race hull has been stripped down and is ready to be flipped so the right sponson, which was damaged in our last race at Portsmouth, OH, can be repaired.  The boat will go to Gordon Downard's shop in a couple weeks to undergo a couple weeks of repairs before we begin rigging it exclusively for F1 racing in 2015.

One of our SST-120 motors is fresh and ready to race.  Two more are on the bench undergoing rebuild and a fourth one is going to Book Brothers Marine for some updates in a couple weeks.  Similar progress for our F1 engines can be reported.  Three are set up and ready to race while our primary powerhead will be sent off in a couple weeks to get some fuel injection work.  Hoping to have four fresh 2.0 and four 2.4 powerheads to load into the hauler to start off 2015!

Dana Tomes

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