Just spoke to Barry Cohen. He will be at the reunion for sure, but Ghost Rider may not make it. He is waiting for engines to be put in up here in the North East.
Barry used to drive a big Magnum, Dreadnought, shown here in the bottom photo under the Aronow outboard shot. But he also has been the guardian of Ghost Rider for over 40 years.
Ghost Rider looks pretty crude compared to today's race boats, but in 1966 it was the leading edge of technology and design. It raced in the USA, Europe and the Bahamas and won every race it entered.
Barry Cohen bought his first race boat from K&K outboard in 1966 when I was a skinny, boat racer, kid who (allegedly) "worked" there. K&K, at that time, was probably the number one racing shop in the northeast. We had a number of race hulls running out of the shop in OPC and offshore, and we probably had the most experience with twin outboards in the region.
We rigged a black 16 foot flat bottomed outboard Rayson Craft with twin Merc 1100's for him to race in the Hudson River Marathon and Lake George OPC Nationals. Barry was living in Long Beach, Long Island at the time and drove a Black Ferrari Luso that, to this day, remains as one of the most beautiful cars I have ever seen.
I remember thinking at the time that, after pounding his *ss off in that Rayson Craft, it was obvious why his next step was into the biggest offshore race boat that money could buy. I believe that big Magnum was originally owned by Dinny Phipps...... Brownie?
Obsolete and proud of it
T2rex, that was the original "Big Bad Donzi" which became a 35' Magnum. Don finished second by 9 feet in the Round Long Giland race to me in the "Little Broad Jumper' in '66.
Attn: Brad and Larry,
Jim Hauser is letting us use a new 45' Rampage for the weekend. He can't find the number for the Haulover docks. Can you help him? 561-741-1994.
Yes ! I will be meeting with Gulfstream race & casino friday to set up the details for the Saturaday night "Offshore Legends Reuion "party with susan from Sunny Isles beach city .
It is coming together quickly and will be a great night !!
All participants of any of the three events are invited.
HORBA/ Don Aronow memorial Ocean race fri.June 20th.@noon
FPC/THUNDERBOAT RALLY / event -sat.June 21th.@ 11:00am
OSS/ Offshore super series races -SIB ,June 22nd. @ 11:00am
See you all there !
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