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Old 12-27-2008, 09:51 AM
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Anyone have any pics/info of the old "Brakes" raceboat?
Thanks: Matt
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:20 AM
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Here it is when it was new. My father raced it. Then it was sold and became "Brakes."

You can see the boat if you look closely in the 2nd and 3rd picture. It is next to the Sutphen in our driveway heading for the Benihana Grand Prix in 1980, which they won the production class in the Viper.
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I think blacky still has it in front of his restaurant.
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It's in a barn on the East End of LI. Been resprayed all black with silver stripes.

Not for sale as far as i know, but i can find out...
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Thanks guys. I was watching an old Freeze Frame video of a race on Long Island and it was running. Lucky- nice set up with the two racing rigs, very cool. Sean, if you could get some current pics in the barn that would be great. Something about an old racing machine tucked away in a barn that's really neat, like a classic car waiting to be found!
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Lucky- nice set up with the two racing rigs, very cool.
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We were one of the first teams to bring two boats to a race.
The Sutphen was 4 mph faster than the Viper in the calmer water with the same power. 280 MercCruisers with TRS drives
Nobody in P class could keep up with the black Viper in the rough that year.
We would enter both boats & pick which one to run race day.
Racing back then was a blast with very few hassles.
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We were one of the first teams to bring two boats to a race.
The Sutphen was 4 mph faster than the Viper in the calmer water with the same power. 280 MercCruisers with TRS drives
Nobody in P class could keep up with the black Viper in the rough that year.
We would enter both boats & pick which one to run race day.
Racing back then was a blast with very few hassles.
Those are AWESOME pictures!! Whos is the hottie!?! Got to love the style from the late 70's - early 80's!! I like the ford trucks too!!

When you mentioned your Viper is that the same boat Smitty runs as Wazzup??
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Hey ! That's the mother of my kids

Still lovin' the hottie after 32 years------still a Ford fan.

Smitty's Viper is a sister boat to the black Viper. They are 1 of 11.
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what does it have for power now? small blocks or big blocks in the viper??
what happened to fever is that boat still around?
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Here it is when it was new. My father raced it. Then it was sold and became "Brakes."

You can see the boat if you look closely in the 2nd and 3rd picture. It is next to the Sutphen in our driveway heading for the Benihana Grand Prix in 1980, which they won the production class in the Viper.
I know that there are boat photos there somewhere, but I just can't get past the photo of that beautiful girl in the front of one of the photos......kind of reminds me of one of the registrars at the Don Aronow race.
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