Great choice! A super, super guy!
Toms River, NJ March 3rd, 2008 - The New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club (NJPPC) recently hosted it's annual Atlantic City Winter Party at Trump Marina Hotel & Casino. On that evening it was announced that member Tom Anselmi (Tom A. - on OSO) was to be inducted into NJPPC's Hall of Fame as it's 2007 Performance Powerboater of the Year.
Tom first joined NJPPC back in 2000 and attended his first poker run with club the same year. Prior to joining NJPPC, Tom was an active offshore racer as member of Kamikaze Racing Team that was based out of the Jersey Shore. When Tom first joined NJPPC, he owned a 22' Donzi Classic. After extensive engine modifications that included a supercharger, he had the fastest 22' on Barnegat Bay. Tom campaigned his 22' Donzi Classic "driving it like he stole it" until a few stringers and bulkheads gave way after relentless hours of use. It was at that time Tom knew it was time to sell the boat to someone with great fiberglass talents and move up to something a little bigger.
In 2003, Tom moved up to a brand new 29' Kryptonite. Tom knew that he could put the Kryptonite to the test since he watched the same make and model boat win numerous offshore races and championships on the racing circuit under the name Typhoon Racing. Once again, Tom was not satisfied with stock power so he took the supercharged 502 out of the Donzi and had it refreshed from "top to bottom." Once completed, Tom actively campaigned the 29' Kryptonite on the NJPPC poker run circuit and also traveled as far as Canada to attend the 1000 Islands Poker Run.
As content as Tom was with his 29' Kryptonite he started to set his sights on his dream boat. Being partial to a sit down boat he began combing classified ads for a sit down 38-42' boat. After an extensive search and numerous negotiations he went back to his Donzi roots and last fall Tom purchased a 38ft Donzi ZR Competition that is powered with a pair of Mercury Racing 575's. Tom took delivery of his dream boat at the Poker Runs America Sarasota Poker Run. The helicopter photos of his new 38' boat were outshined by huge smile Tom had while driving!
Besides Tom's passion for performance boating what makes Tom stand out is his never ending positive attitude. Tom is one of the few performance boaters that doesn't miss a beat when the mechanical gremlins arise. When the gremlins appear, allot of people put their heads down and decide not to go to a given event but not Tom Anselmi. Tom's attitude is "oh well I will deal with that on Monday - who can I jump on with?" With him having that attitude he is welcome on almost everyone's boat. This is a shining example of his passion and his love of performance boating.
Tom also has a huge heart. Since joining NJPPC Tom has been a part of Shore Dreams For Kids every year. He has given countless boat rides to Shore Dreams attendees year after year. Once again, if his boat is not ready on Shore Dreams day he is on the docks helping lift physically challenged attendees in and out of boats.
Tom's passion, good nature, dedication to NJPPC and overall amazingly positive persona is the reason why Tom was selected to receive the 2007 NJ Performance Powerboat Club Performance Powerboater of the Year award. Tom enjoys NJPPC so much he comically says "NJPPC is not a boating club. NJPPC is a social club with a boating problem."
Tom exemplifies what New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club is all about and what the club stands for. He shares everyone's passion for performance powerboating as well as being an ambassador of kindness, good will and generosity. Tom is all deserving of being named 2007 NJPPC's Performance Powerboater of the Year.
About NJ Performance Powerboat Club
The New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club (NJPPC) was founded in 1999 and has over 200 members. The NJPPC is a members-run club that's charter is to provide its members with top quality Poker Runs and other exciting events. It enthusiastically welcomes a broad cross-section of performance powerboaters to join the club. Its schedule is planned considering both smaller and larger boats. Consequently, its membership spans from owners of 18' to 50' boats!
Distinct from other Poker Run organizations, the club chooses to limit the number of event participants to assure safety, promote camaraderie and to facilitate a well-run, enjoyable day for all involved. The limited number also affords access to the highest quality marine facilities such as Trump Marina Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. The club has no profit motivation prompting it to host the biggest events - but it is strongly motivated to run the best events and in that way, everybody profits! NJPPC membership is required to participate in the club Poker Runs.
For further information please visit the club's website at: http://www.njppc.com. NJPPC can be contacted via telephone at 732 674-2946, via email at [email protected] or via mail at: Dave Patnaude - President, NJPPC, 604 North End Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753.
Great choice! A super, super guy!
Retired! Boating full-time now.
Congratulations Tommy, you deserve it.
Besides Tom's passion for performance boating what makes Tom stand out is his never ending positive attitude. Tom is one of the few performance boaters that doesn't miss a beat when the mechanical gremlins arise.
I've seen Tom deal with some gremlins first hand, and never stop smiling. We could all take a page from his book.
I have been with Tom many times and he always has a smile on his face and through thick and thin he keeps the same composer. As a freind he is a hell of a guy and I never heard a bad anything come out of his mouth, he is helpfull, cares and is a great freind.. Congradulations Tommy.
Tom A. rocks. I feel lucky to call him a friend.
Come on guys he's always smileing because of all the hot girls that are around him. LOL. "Tom is a GREAT GUY and I have had plenty of time hanging around with Tom weather at a poker run or a boat show Tom is a true Performance boater every year.
Dave I Was trying to keep it clean LOL
Thank You Dave and all of NJPPC!
I can't tell you how much this award means to me. I was so shocked that night that I couldn't even say anything on the podium. It is an honor just to be a part of NJPPC. There is no other club that has been as proactive in increasing safety while maintaining the fun and I commend the entire club for making that possible.
Since day one, I have always felt welcome even when I had the smallest boat and one of the lowest budgets. (Maybe it had something to do with having the biggest crew pound for pound!)
I am proud to be a part of this club but even more so of all the close friendships that I have because of it. Thank you all, you know who you are, who are like a second family (as dysfunctional as it might be)!
NJPPC PPOTY 2007
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