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Old 06-26-2008, 01:14 PM
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My vote is for Art Lilly. Been out there a long time and still runs and wins from time to time. I remember him out ther in the early 80's. He has also coached quite a few T-men and drivers in his time also.
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Now maybe some enterprizing person will reach out to a Richie Powers, or a Joey Imprescia, or a Tom Akoury....and learn how to run with JT....and learn how to compete at the highest levels....and put the truck drivers back in the trucks...where they belong. Listen I love truck drivers, I make my living working with them...but none of them get's to choose my props.



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Excellent post! Word on the street is if the right situation presented itself, Tommy Akoury would be out there kickin' a$$ like he did in the 80's...
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Rich you sum it all up!!!!Thanks for the history lesson
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Tommy Akoury is one of my favorite throttle men, riggers, mechanics, gentlemen, of all time. When I was at Cougar, he was Tman/ Crewchief of the unbeatable P-class 'Black Duck'. After the race, and before the speed trials as Wyandotte, Mi., he worked all night with us in the mud and rain, to install our third engine. We could never have done done it without his help, expertise, and parts. Next day, we set the world P-class record. He was second. When I reminded him of his kindness at the reunion, he said: "Yeah, I never was too smart"!
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Love this thread. Just when I thought all my smarts were sucked out through the Stingray thread... Thanks to all that have contributed to the great history lesson here.
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Tommy Akoury is one of my favorite throttle men, riggers, mechanics, gentlemen, of all time. When I was at Cougar, he was Tman/ Crewchief of the unbeatable P-class 'Black Duck'. After the race, and before the speed trials as Wyandotte, Mi., he worked all night with us in the mud and rain, to install our third engine. We could never have done done it without his help, expertise, and parts. Next day, we set the world P-class record. He was second. When I reminded him of his kindness at the reunion, he said: "Yeah, I never was too smart"!
My Dad was owner/driver of Black Duck. I have heard him mention the name "Brownie" so he must be talking about you. What boat were you running in that beat them in the time trials? I know the Duck had the record at one time.

Tommy throttled his Nephew's 32 Skater at this years NYC Poker Run(not sure if this is the reunion you are talking about).
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27' Cougar with child version of Steve Curtis at the sticks, Peter Currington on the wheel. I was referring to last Saturday's reunion in S. Fla. Your old man is also one of my favorite gentlemen. None better.
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27' Cougar with child version of Steve Curtis at the sticks, Peter Currington on the wheel. I was referring to last Saturday's reunion in S. Fla. Your old man is also one of my favorite gentlemen. None better.
Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad Tommy got down to Florida for that reunion.
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Im going to vote for TRIPPPLE DIGGGITS
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