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Old 06-18-2005, 11:18 AM
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ok so whats everyones thoughts on the sea drives?
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what is the name of the Brock Yates book??
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Old 06-18-2005, 08:12 PM
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The name of the book is:

Cannonball....Worlds Greatest Outlaw Road Race

You can get it from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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ok so whats everyones thoughts on the sea drives?
They made great door stops.. Also were suitable as an anchor if they lasted long enough to get you to the water
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Couple of things.... The B. Yates 35 had 3 C-drives. Unfortunately, The combination of the shaft length and the bulky mounting system caused the engines to be mounted with the cavitation plates on the outside engines to be below the bottom of the boat. When the drives were trimmed to ANY positive angle, the cavitation plates would hold the water for a little while, then lose it alternately, causing the the greatest lowspeed chine walk I have ever seen.

Other thing... When I was GM of Holman Moody Marine, We had the Ferrari Daytona that won the Sea to Shining Sea race, and the 3 Mark 40 Fords that won Daytona, Lemans, etc. in the hangar at Charlotte. We sold the M40's for 24 grand apiece. One was just resold for a million. Oh, s**t! Don't know who got the Ferrari (or why we had it). I was trying to remember who drove with Brock in that race. Charley?
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The Ferrari was owned by Kirk F. White of Philadelphia who was a dealer in Exotic cars before it was popular. He had an old 1920's Supercharged Alfa Romeo he was trying to move to anybody....he offered it to Luigi Chinetti who was THE Ferrari dealer in Connecticut.

Appartently it had much more value than was realized by Kirk...Chinetti offerd to trade a new Daytona for the old Alfa.

So the car was delivered and after a short time as a daily driver was offered to Brock to use in the Cannonball.

The original driver with Brock was going to be Robert Redford, but it turned out to be Dan Gurney. They completed the drive in 35 hours and 54 minutes.

Brock told me they ran more than 50 miles at no less than 130 MPH and Dan Gurney at one point out west, brought it up to 172 MPH for awhile.

Truly an honor to be part of that nutty time. The only other offshore guy I know that did it was Satullo. Aronow and Magoon both had invitations, but opted out at the last minute.
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Very cool stuff guys. Great to hear some stories from you "old timers"
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Last I knew Kirk still owned the Daytona. I had the privledge to work on and drive it. What a piece of machinery! Kirk is now in Florida, I would have to look around for his address and number. I know I have several pictures of the Daytona from when we worked on it and from the Ferrari festival outside of Philly. I'll see if I can dig them up.

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Hey boatshopping, you in the market for this?

http://www.offshoreonly.com/esvon/page-5281.html
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Hey Brownie..I have a friend that has a Holman-Moody Prepared 427 side-oiler. Prepped for Nascar..Did you do any of that stuff? or Marine only ?

It may be on the market real soon, with the origianal "Top-loader" trans....Wonder what thats worth ?
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