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    Super Vees To Steal The Show

    Super Vee’s to Steal The Show
    Predicted to be Ft. Lauderdale Offshore Gran Prix’s Largest Fleet

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL - - With over 45 race teams officially entered in the 2003 Ft. Lauderdale Offshore Gran Prix as of Tuesday, Race Headquarters is gearing up for next week’s blazing show of speed and thrills at a fast pace.

    The October 3rd and 4th event, billed as the largest race competition to hit the Atlantic in South Florida history, expects a total of 70+ boats at the start of race weekend. Competitors will be traveling from the four corners of the U.S. in this, the final stop in the APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade National Tour before the Championship Title Bout in St. Petersburg, next month.

    Normally, the fan favorite Super Cats are the most aggressive competitors of the day, but now that the dynamic duo team of John Tomlinson, North Miami, and Hugh Fuller, of Clearwater, hold a 97 point uncontested lead for their soon to be third, consecutive, National title, many of the kitties in that litter are still licking their wounds.

    Not Billy Mauff, of Long Island, New York or teammate Jose “Pepe” Llama of WHM Motorsports. They plan to do whatever it takes to keep the Reliable Carriers Team paws off their second place position. With WHM sitting at 438 points, followed by rookie/veteran combo, Tom Abrams, of Northville, Michigan and Jerry Gilbreath, of Priest River, Idaho in Reliable at 425, both teams are hoping for more of an appearance by other class competitors, if only to allow more points to be earned to help reduce the 13 point spread.

    Scoring for the event allows a ten point spread between places, with an additional 1 point bonus for every team you beat, therefore, Reliable will have to rely on jockeying a few more Super Cats to come out and play in the rough waters of the Atlantic, or they will have to outright win to snatch the spot away from WHM.

    With all that said, the real show of the day might just be Super Vee Competition, and with nine teams officially entered, they lay plans to steal the show and the thunder from the other classes. The Super Vee raceboats, named for their Vee bottom design, are priced between $500,000 and $750,000, yet when it comes to engine packages, it’s a split decision. While one half the fleet utilize the GM Vortec Program, and the others boast Mercury engine packages, fans will have to wait until the water settles to see which team, and which equipment reign supreme.

    Defending their first place slot with 482 points in the National Series is Team Donzi Racing for a Cure, the Sarasota based team propelled by National Champions, Lee Murray and Doug Valentine. Team Donzi holds a strong 72-point lead over the second ranked Ettore Squeegee/Mercury Racing. Jim Richardson, Jr. and Dennis Sigalos of Oakland are hoping to squeeze out more than just a 20 point spread from fellow Californian’s Spiderman of Bellmont.

    Todd Welling and Lance Henrichsen, of Spiderman are in the hot seat at 390, and will have to spin a strong web to keep out Mitch Miller, of Cornelius, North Carolina and teammate Matt Rice, of New Oxford, Pennsylvania in the fourth ranked Utz Castaway at 383. Competition will be strong, hard and most assuredly fast as these teams hit the high 100+ mile per hour range.

    Rounding out the pack in fifth is the San Diego, California based Lucas Oil Scarab #7, with Nigel “Captain” Hook and Craig Archer at 340 points, followed by last years defending National Champions, Pier 57, now Pier 57-Everlast. Bill McComb, of Sarasota and Rick Turmel of Tamarac, at 331 on the big board are just nine points behind the slick Lucas Oil team.

    Edging close to the Pier with a six-point spread between them is Todd Klindworth, of St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Bob Bull of Cocoa, Florida in H & H Speed & Marine, ranked seventh overall at 325.

    Eighth on the scoreboard is the Ft. Lauderdale based Miccosukee Indian Gaming, with Brett Lee Furshman and Todd Easton at 307, but don’t count out a surprise or two from the ninth ranked, newer entry to the fold, Fury. Racing brotherhood Steve Delaney, from Palo Alto, California and Ray Delaney of Sarasota, Florida joined the fleet mid-season with their new raceboat but have combined efforts to use Ft. Lauderdale in preparation for the upcoming World Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama in November.

    Officially entered competitors on the lineup for the Saturday Competition include
    Super Cat Class - Bacardi Silver, WHM Motorsports, Reliable Carriers; Super Cat Light - Pacemaker, In Contempt, Liquid Metal, Dirty Duck; Super Vee - Pier 57/Everlast, H & H Speed & Marine, Lucas Oil Scarab, Spiderman, UTZ Castaway Marine, Miccosukee Indian Gaming, Ettore Squeegees/Mercury Racing, Fury Racing, Team Donzi Racing for a Cure; Super Vee Light - High Noon; Factory 2 - Audacity Racing, Sirius Satellite/Let's Play Racing, Snap On Talk'n Tools, Team Fisher, Harwich Concrete Block; Factory 1 - Winnebago/Red Devil, Team Laveycraft, Typhoon Racing, Flashwave, Offshore Addiction, Screamin' Eagle; Performance PX - Bacardi Silver, Callan Marine; Performance PV - The Switch Bev.Co/Sentient Jet; Performance A Class - Revolution Marine, Inc. Racing; Performance P1 – No competitors entered to date; Performance P2 - Team ATC/Satellite Accessories; Performance P3 - Team Fortress Offshore; Performance P4 - Zero Cavity, Super Sonic Racing; Performance P5 - High Priority - Team Joker, Carrabbas Team Blythe; Reindl One Design Bat Boats - Premier Performance Interiors, American Express, White Typhoon, Empire Events/Romash Racing.

    “Fans need to get down to Ft. Lauderdale Beach early on Saturday, because the stadium seating is the sand, and the viewing is free,” said Michelle May – Schmidt, Race Producer of the event, which will benefit the Child SMILE America Room at the Ft. Lauderdale based Kids In Distress Community.

    Schmidt says in addition, the New Auto Toy Store Thunder Row Dry Pits will be open at the Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Resort on Friday, October 3rd from 10:00am until 8:00pm and again on Saturday Race Day, from 9:00am until 8:00pm, before, during and after the racing competition. Tickets are available at the gate at $10 daily/ $15 both days, Kids 12 & under free, and entry includes an Official Race Program Book that can be used for autographs. Cameras are always welcome.

    All information on the event including race competition times and schedule of parties, including the Friday Night Meet the Racers Party at the Days Inn Bahia Cabana Beach Resort, as well as the Saturday Victory Lane Celebration Party at Shooter’s Waterfront Café, are posted at

    The Ft. Lauderdale Offshore Gran Prix is presented by The New Auto Toy Store, The Aqua Toy Store, Anthony Aviation, Anthony Holdings International, the Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center, Competitive EDGE Marine,, Poker Runs America Magazine and the Offshore Racing Review.

    Event Sponsors include Budweiser, Coca Cola Products, Hummerzine, Southern Racing Fuels, Sunoco, Freeze Frame Video, Jamie Russell's Professional Offshore Photography, Sea Tow, Elite Tent Company, Total Race Babe Apparel, Chief Engines, Cigarette Racing Team, Mares Power Cats, Racing Communications, Bio Kleen, Mercury Racing, Powerboat Magazine, Phoenix Custom Apparel, Sunstream Docks, Marine Technology, Inc.,, Shooters Waterfront Café, the Best Western Marina & Yacht Harbor, Featherlite's Universal Luxury Coaches, Pret' A Porter, the Days Inn Bahia Cabana Beach Resort & Marina, Chris Greco, Artist.

    The APBA Offshore GMC Pro Grade Tour is sponsored by GMC Vortec, Donzi, GMC, Snap-On, Formula Racing, Sunoco Race Fuels, Reindl Powerboats, the Lanier Harbor Marina Poker Run, Sterling Performance, Joule Yacht Transport, Bio Kleen Products, DART, KISS Cote, Heli broker, Racing Communications, Freeze Frame Video, Ashley Corporation, Marine Securities/Sternlock, Featherlite Luxury Coaches, Speedwear and Grand Bahama Island and will be taped delay televised on Speed Channel.

    Photo credit: Jeff Girardi,
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    My EX got the Sleekcraft Platinum Member gdfatha's Avatar
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    Is there a race course drawing annotated with close by hotels available???

    I would think marketing would jump on this format of presentation...

    Sorry just thinkin outloud and we still haven't found a hotel near the course....where ever it is...

    marc (Offshore Paparazzo)

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    Yes Marc, I believe that you emailed me earlier on that, and I have requested the course from Jim Poplin so that we can post it. We were working on trying to enlargen the course with the Coast Guard, however, it appears we will have to remain with the original plan for this year.

    As I said, the course will run along Ft. Lauderdale Beach from the Radisson 3.3 miles to the north.

    Ft. Lauderdale Beach is lined with numerous bars and restaurants. If you want race viewing, any of those from the Radisson to just south of Sunrise will work and the beach itself will be the best view of the day, as the course is close to the shoreline.

    If you want a hotel, you can always try the Marriott Vacation Villas at Beach Place which has a somewhat limited view or the Doubletree Resort - both have higher up floors, but before spending your money, you should take a look yourself.

    The Doubletree ballroom on the 12th floor was booked for this year with a wedding, so that is unavailable for our race party this year. They have already pencilled in the last weekend of September for us next year.

    Again, we are still planning a race broadcast party for this event, and will post the details shortly as to where it will be on the Strip.

    With the recent National status development, marketing is dancing as fast as they can.

    Please stop by and click on the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau button for more area information.

    See you at the races -

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    Freeze Frame Video Will Be There To Do Helicopter And On boards Cameras. It will be Great To Go back To Ft .Lauderdale sea You at the race !!! The 6th Stop APBA Pro tour !!! Freeze Frame Video Inc. I still Have A couple Of On Boards Cameras Left. Questions 631-226-5754 Jeff Gerardi

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