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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Fall River Ma. Race cancelled !

    I received this e-mail today. Soo, i don't know if it's my buisness to announce it. I thought it would benefit anyone who had made plans to attend to get this news quickly. though.Special thanks to everyone who tried to make it happen.
    From a sad race fan.
    Hello Racers and Race Fans,

    Itís not easy to write an email like this because of the message that it

    The Fall River Race is officially CANCELLED. We will try again next year.

    The Fall River Race was to be a part of the annual summer festival that would
    have had you racing in front of 200,000 people that pack the streets of Fall
    River each summer during the festival weekend. The boat race was being
    positioned as the highlight of the weekend.

    This race was fully funded with General Motors and GMAC as the title sponsors.
    The town wanted the race, the mayor wanted the race and the racers gave their
    full support but the Coast Guard had their own concerns and denied the permit.
    Stating issues of homeland and harbor security, a convenient catch-all-phrase
    that can be wielded without any real merit under the guise of National Security.

    We filed the permit within the required 135 day time frame prior to the event
    and tried to work closely with the CG to remove any and all concerns about
    safety and security of the harbor. We got caught between the officerís vacation
    time (three weeks) and his lack of checking out OPAís reputation for running
    safe races at other locations, the easy answer was just to say no to racing.

    Smitty was prepared to do battle with the CG as he had done in Camden two years
    ago, which led to an approved permit but today at noon was GMís absolute
    deadline. They needed to know TODAY so that they could plan their participation
    with car displays and spokes models.

    Working with the Coast Guard can often be difficult, especially when itís a new
    race site like this one. For that reason, Smitty is putting in a permit TODAY
    for NEXT YEAR.

    The Coast Guard has been known to hold off on approving permits until just days
    or in some cases hours before the event. This is unfair to the racers,
    volunteers and fans that have to make travel plans weeks before the event. This
    has to change, and itís our intention to pursue the issue until the Coast Guard
    sees it from our point of view and understands that more lives are affected than
    their own.

    OPA is truly sorry for this inconvenience to all the people that have worked so
    hard to make this race happen and especially to Walter Collins for his
    relentless effort. There is nothing more we can do for this year, but next year
    will be a different story.

    Moving on to the Maryland races in September. We have Coast Guard approvals in
    hand for both the Ocean City

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    Re: Fall River Ma. Race cancelled !

    that plain sucks they just had the poker run a couple of weeks ago most be the dicks in the office

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    Re: Fall River Ma. Race cancelled !

    douche bags
    ďIt doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.Ē

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    Question Re: Fall River Ma. Race cancelled !

    Since Fall River got cancelled, anybody want to come with Sticks and I to 1000 Islands? Sounds like a good time, no
    pressure,fun weekend. Jersey Boys,anybody ?????

    Rio Roses

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    Re: Fall River Ma. Race cancelled !

    Darn one more race we wont make.
    World & National Champions

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