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Old 10-21-2010, 10:08 PM
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The most competitive racing I have ever witnessed were the world championships held in St. Pete in 2000.

The "class attendance" was unbelievable.

I remember (approximately)

15 - 18 F-1
20 - 22 F-2 boats (including the one Stinson put upsidedown LOL!)
17-18 Supercats

Absolutely amazing racing to watch
YES AL THOSE SUPERCAT COMING RIGHT AT THE PIER
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I thought we were talking about Haggin.......
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I thought we were talking about Haggin.......
Good Point......

This is about Haggin and what he has done for the sport!!!!!!

Thanks for letting me be a part of your team and I hope that things go well for you in the future my friend. BIG SMILE

GEICO will stay in the sport next year although at this time it is unclear what the pans for the boat are. Thanks to everyone for their support and see you in 2011!!!!
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Good Luck John............ We wish you the best.

You have joined a long list of colorful, famous, (and infamous) benefactors who have carried the sport of Offshore Racing on their shoulders at times, starting with the sport's greatest contributer, Carl Kiekhaefer, and passing on to Bill Wishnick, Rocky Aoki, Al Copeland, various Augie Busch's, Tom Gentry, Joe Mach, Bill Gifford, and even a number of drug kingpins and La Cosa Nostra for a time.

One clear question is emerging. In the absence of one or more generous deep pocketed individual(s), can the sport survive on its own two feet?

The next couple of years should be both interesting for the "givers" and distressing for the "takers".

God Speed Mr. Haggin, and may "The Horse" be with you.....

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Sorry for the hijack. John, thanks for all you have done for the sport all these years. Your generosity and patience seems to know no bounds. Good luck on the next part of your journey, don't forget to stop by a race once in a while

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Best of luck John. Thanks for all you've done for the sport!!


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The most competitive racing I have ever witnessed were the world championships held in St. Pete in 2000.

The "class attendance" was unbelievable.

I remember (approximately)

15 - 18 F-1
20 - 22 F-2 boats (including the one Stinson put upsidedown LOL!)
17-18 Supercats

Absolutely amazing racing to watch
I couldn't agree more. That was the most incredible race I can remember.

I took these from the Pier. Look at all those boats vying for the lead into turn #1.

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Old 10-22-2010, 09:12 AM
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Thank you Mr. Haggin.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:17 PM
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Good Luck John............ We wish you the best.

You have joined a long list of colorful, famous, (and infamous) benefactors who have carried the sport of Offshore Racing on their shoulders at times, starting with the sport's greatest contributer, Carl Kiekhaefer, and passing on to Bill Wishnick, Rocky Aoki, Al Copeland, various Augie Busch's, Tom Gentry, Joe Mach, Bill Gifford, and even a number of drug kingpins and La Cosa Nostra for a time.

One clear question is emerging. In the absence of one or more generous deep pocketed individual(s), can the sport survive on its own two feet?

The next couple of years should be both interesting for the "givers" and distressing for the "takers".

God Speed Mr. Haggin, and may "The Horse" be with you.....

T2x
To me, T2X's question is as compelling as what form AMF Racing will take in the near and distant future. And it begs another:

Did the sport scare off, burn out or simply bore the hell out of another extremely deep and generous pocket?

Slightly off topic but worth clarifying: It's been suggested that horse racing/race horse breeding is a "new" pursuit for Haggin. Not the case.

Last, while there will always be critics willing to tell you how you should have spent your money, you did right—more than right—by this sport, Mr. Haggin. You gave far more than you took, and from where I sit you tried to make it better. Onto greener equine pastures.
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Mr. Haggin. You gave far more than you took, and from where I sit you tried to make it better.
Without a doubt there is not a more accurate statement than that.

I would be tempted to say that John Haggin was THE most generous person the sport has ever seen. Between supporting his own team and for several years countless others in one way or another. Definately a unique kind of guy.

Thanks for the memories and the laughs John!
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I just wish he would come in this thread and tell us why he chose to retire and what's going to happen to the team going forward.
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