Oh come on....Of course he's an ass alot of the time, but he does it with a certain charisma that doesn't offend me, even when I've been shot down by him over the years out of no where. I'm positive that Rich wouldn't recognize me if we were introduced face to face, even using screen names to help, and that's totally fine with me. He doesn't have to give a chit about anyone, or what they say.
I can promise you a LOT of people don't like Reggie's ways, but don't get people up in arms about it like T2x seems to have recently. I think this is because Rich usually has something of substance to say, but doesn't deliver it with a bow on top, or with a "Too Old" ring to it.
If Rich was a no nothing, "poser", in the offshore world, there would be NO threads like these about him, positive or negative. This thread clearly shows, that his comments & opinions carry enough weigh, to make people feel like he could actually hurt someones reputation or future all by himself.
The guy HAS done a lot for powerboating other than voice races from the helo. Shadow Cats are infamous to anyone that has any historical knowledge of offshore racing. I think he's a dumbass for burning his hulls, or whatever actually happened, but that probably had a lot to do with the negative attitude some of you guys are offended by that he presents. Never the less, he remains a past & current figure in powerboating, as well as up to date on the latest technologies & strategies needed to be successful in this sport.
He also has a son with serious day to day needs, & I'd imagine that gets real tiring no matter how much love & support he has to give as a father. Why can't he come here & blow off some steam by posting his comments with the rest of us? If you don't have interest in what he says, then simply don't read it? A lot of other people have bashed Reggie in those threads, but since they are nobodies, they dont' get a thread like this one pointed at calling them out. Again, they don't carry the weight, & respect that Rich does, positive or negative.
A true Reggie fan, knows this:
Reggie Fountain isn't going to suffer OR benefit ultimately from what T2x's opinions of him are one bit, and the Reggie I've met & read about for years, REALLY doen't need anyone to protect him from the negative comments people have to say, since he's dealt with that his entire career. WINNERS, get hated on, and Reggie is a winner on some level with everyone, or he wouldn't be worth making fun of to anyone.
Finally, this thread is totally against the "personal attack" policy on OSO, and pretty hypocritical for lack of a better term. BUT, since it's T2x, and I KNOW he would be more angry at someone for deleting it, rather than letting him defend himself & take others down a notch in the process.
Last edited by BLee; 12-16-2010 at 10:13 AM.
Ok the last few T2X replies just made me spew coffee through my nose!
Rich (T2X) the few times I met him and hung out with him is the most down to earth, nicest guy you could ever meet. He just calls it like he sees it. He has forgot more about boats and offshore racing than most of us will ever know. He has worked with or against every big name racer and builder over the past 40 years.
He also has an incredible son who, unlike rich claims himself but probably has many, does hold an amazing world record (Worlds fastest physically challenged throttleman 132mph).
Rich is a great guy and has an amazing career and family.
And Monstaa, you are right in expressing your opinion and wanting to know what backs up other people's positions on things.
Merry Christmas to all you guys on either side of this discussion.
I will say this, didn't expect such a count . And maybe one day I ll get to meet Mr t2 in person as a result.
I say to you again I mean you no harm. No disrespect. Nor am I trying to discount you. Just eat some cherries maybe you ll sweeten up.
And Bo, you were helpful to me a few years ago with respect to high water pressure issues with Bravo outdrives with low water pick-ups. I have gained good information from the both of you (Monstaa and T2x). Guys keep the information coming (posts), I take what I like and I will ignore the rest of the posts that I do not like.
Rich is not at all bitter.
If you think he is, you simply don't get his kind of humor.
I'm surprised he bothered posting here to a bunch of Reggie fans whose minds are firmly closed to any opinions but their own.
OK...Ive certainly noticed Rich's contempt for Reggie over the years here on OSO, no question but I wonder......I remember Rich saying he drove for the Canadian Merc Tunnelboat Team and Reggie drove for the US Team but did Reggie take the seat on the more prestigious US team that maybe Rich wanted thus preventing Rich from being a world famous tunnelboat zillionaire and thus the long standing contempt??????.....or is the timeline screwed up
Last edited by pullmytrigger; 12-16-2010 at 11:12 AM.
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