I have always felt that John was primarily Don Aronow and Sam Griffith's P.R. guy.... and treated many other people as "accessories" to their stories. This is not to say that these two men were'nt enormous personalities and worthy of respect...just that the story actually included a LOT more people at a much more even contribution level. In addition his "glory days" were slightly before we burst onto the offshore scene and he was not as interested in the "cat era" of the 80's-90's as the previous "Big Seas-Raw Boned Men" era of the 60's and 70's. Also, we always deferred to our owners/drivers/throttlemen ( and we had great ones.... The Lavins, Willie Diaz, Pete Aitken, Davey Gilmour, Nicky Cutro, Joe Detore, Kurt Berger, Bobby Latham, Joey Imprescia, Stu Hayim, Don Pruett.....etc, etc.) as most good builders do... as I said I was getting plenty of publicity on the TV side...... had good friends among the racers, riggers, manufacturers.... and didn't push the issue. Besides, I have always felt that George Linder and I are family, and we always shared the satisfaction achieved from our various "projects". In the past 10 years, no one has put more effort into the sport of Offshore racing than George...and the treatment he has received in the past three years (dramatic denials to the contrary) is simply inexcuseable........ and that is my particular "ax to grind".Originally posted by THEJOKER
Great history there Rich - but why would John leave you out of the History of Offshore Power Boat Racing? I'm not questioning your offshore experience - I was simply wanting to know records - wins - etc. I'm just a newbie at the sport - BH
The guys who, in retrospect, should have gotten a lot more praise than me included Ken Adams, who is an absolute genius with wood and construction....and design details for that matter....and John McCall..... who created the Apache/Maelstrom hulls for Mike Peters.
Finally, Mercury Marine was very good to us...all I ever did was aim there stuff around various race courses (with a brief detour to Evinrude....one year) test (and destroy...we jokingly called it "the Rich factor") a lot of valuable hardware....and enjoy the wonderful results that their engines, drives, props, and facilities allowed us to achieve.
T2x.....who can still break anything made by man