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Old 09-01-2009, 10:50 AM
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Have been receiving numerous inquiries about the engines used for the 196 mph run at this year's Shootout.
They are de-tuned methanol engines built and tuned by Lowell (Lucky) Bodenbach of New Century Performance. Lowell has been a crew member on our team for years. There are two power settings these engines have been tuned for - the lowest whcih we used for the Shootout.
On Saturday, we had a failure on the port engine which caused JT and I to abort the run. After putting out a small alcohol related fire, we towed the boat back to the docks before taking it to the marina. Later that night, the guys worked till 4:30am to get it running again. Although we knew in advance that the engine had been hurt and would be down on power, I asked Lucky to try and give me enough endurance to at least finish one pass - which he did.
Due to new rules this year, the run itself was the slowest Shootout start that JT and I have ever made - 28.6 on our GPS. Due to the port engine being down on power Sunday, we didn't leave the start box as strong as we did on the brief Saturday run. In addition, the port engine was down 500+ rpm throughout the run - in effect causing the good starbord engine to have to work harder throughout the one mile course.
After the run, it was obvious that the port engine was done and would not be able to make any more passes. Accordingly, we parked the boat for the day but remained very pleased with our 196 mph pass - especially considering all of the circumstances!

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Have been receiving numerous inquiries about the engines used for the 196 mph run at this year's Shootout.
They are de-tuned methanol engines built and tuned by Lowell Bodenbach of New Century Performance. Lowell has been a crew member on our team for years. There are two power settings these engines have been tuned for - the lowest whcih we used for the Shootout.
On Saturday, we had a failure on the port engine which caused JT and I to abort the run. After putting out a small alcohol related fire, we towed the boat back to the docks before taking it to the marina. Later that night, the guys worked till 4:30am to get it running again. Although we knew in advance that the engine had been hurt and would be down on power, I asked Lucky to try and give me enough endurance to at least finish one pass - which he did.
Due to new rules this year, the run itself was the slowest Shootout start that JT and I have ever made - 28.6 on our GPS. Due to the port engine being down on power Sunday, we didn't leave the start box as strong as we did on the brief Saturday run. In addition, the port engine was down 500+ rpm throughout the run - in effect causing the good starbord engine to have to work harder throughout the one mile course.
After the run, it was obvious that the port engine was done and would not be able to make any more passes. Accordingly, we parked the boat for the day but remained very pleased with our 196 mph pass - especially considering all of the circumstances!
Hey Dave

The boat looked and performed beautifully...congrats!!! nI was gunning for you but just couldn't get the stars to line up!!! By the time I was in the powerband we were through the course!!! Maybe we can get together at The Salton Sea run in October....

It was good seeing you guys and your team as always performs flawlessly!!!!!

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Have been receiving numerous inquiries about the engines used for the 196 mph run at this year's Shootout.
They are de-tuned methanol engines built and tuned by Lowell Bodenbach of New Century Performance. Lowell has been a crew member on our team for years. There are two power settings these engines have been tuned for - the lowest whcih we used for the Shootout.
On Saturday, we had a failure on the port engine which caused JT and I to abort the run. After putting out a small alcohol related fire, we towed the boat back to the docks before taking it to the marina. Later that night, the guys worked till 4:30am to get it running again. Although we knew in advance that the engine had been hurt and would be down on power, I asked Lucky to try and give me enough endurance to at least finish one pass - which he did.
Due to new rules this year, the run itself was the slowest Shootout start that JT and I have ever made - 28.6 on our GPS. Due to the port engine being down on power Sunday, we didn't leave the start box as strong as we did on the brief Saturday run. In addition, the port engine was down 500+ rpm throughout the run - in effect causing the good starbord engine to have to work harder throughout the one mile course.
After the run, it was obvious that the port engine was done and would not be able to make any more passes. Accordingly, we parked the boat for the day but remained very pleased with our 196 mph pass - especially considering all of the circumstances!

It may be frustrating that you did not put up the number you wanted. But it was very impressive watching from the big screen at my house. You guys make it look so easy. Congrats on the 196
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Dave, Thank you for all the help and the fuel! You shop is incredible. You should post some picture, espically of your engine room. Infact your engine room got me more excited then any porno I've ever seen!
Your guys are great, I appreciate all the help!
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Dave, Thank you for all the help and the fuel! You shop is incredible. You should post some picture, espically of your engine room. Infact your engine room got me more excited then any porno I've ever seen!
Your guys are great, I appreciate all the help!
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No problem Gino - anytime!
BTW - Last week Myrick calculated and we had over 13,000 total hp sitting in that engine room Now, if we could only fit it all in one boat ... Hmmmm
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Many Thanks Dave for sharing the info ..it`s realy appreciated ...





how can i convince the wife to let me go to KW ? to see the hardware close
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KiloKat do you have video of the engines running in your boat at idle? Would love to hear it
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Dave, Thanks for ALL the help. Great run.
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