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Old 03-16-2004, 10:48 AM
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When was Rick La More head of Mercury Racing? We were doing the T-4 Shadow project in 1981 and the Conquest/Champ motor project in 1983 and Rick was not in charge at either time....although he managed both projects.

As to the Unlimited...are you talking about this?
Rick may have been billed as head of engineering, I never really paid too much attention to anyone's title but Schwebs, he always commanded my full attention because just like everyone that worked out of the Lake, you were a guest in HIS house!

Yep, but the hydro had twin staggered turbo charged, fuel injected Cosworths in it and two of the biggest bottles of Nitrous sitting behind the driver that I ever saw in anything.

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Here's 4 Champ Boat motors (circle race tunnel engines) on one of our Conquest Cats. The 2 cycle projects back then were neat...... to say the least.


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Old 03-16-2004, 10:52 AM
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With this guy?
No, I know Jerry, he wasn't part of the hydo project at that time as far as I know. It was still Don and his group, they were just using the lake. I think he got involved when the boat went to outboards (clampons).

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Rick was head of high perf after "Speedmaster Breath", Armand Wiegert.
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P.S. The T-4's outboards on the Texmo were modified by Cosworth....is that what you are remembering?

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Nope, these were big bad V-8s with twin turbos and fuel injected.

The comment about the "bunch" of 2.4s were as I remember spured by the daunting task of disconnecting all those lines and rigging to remove the engines, again!

Everyone laughed and then the BS'in started.....typical shop talk that turned into reality. Pretty neat to see a concept conceived and then realized later regardless of who's idea or who developed it.

I think that is what we all lived for in boat racing.

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P.S. The T-4's outboards on the Texmo were modified by Cosworth....is that what you are remembering?

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Also I think it was before the Keith Black engines were put in it.

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Brownie,

Getting back to the Cougars, what ever happened to that huge Aluminum cat that was about 18 feet wide we use to go out on test runs in any wave condition that you could find. Use to take the whole factory work force at once.

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I'd love to see pics of that!
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It was 56' x 22' feet, 56,000#, 50 knots, all welded aluminum, with a pair of 1300HP 16v92 Detroits on BPM laterally displaced vee drives. For all you new Crouch fans, that's 56,000 divided by 2600, equaling 21 pounds per horsepower. Square root of 21 is 4.6. 4.6 times 56mph = K factor of 257.6 (I use statute miles, it sounds like more) It was surface propped, with the prop shafts coming out where the bilge drain holes would normally be on a catamaran. The shafts were descending 4 degrees, and converging 4 degrees, for an effective shaft angle of 5.6 degrees (square root of the sum of the squares of the two angles). 66% of the props were exposed to the water, with no appendage drag. Down side was that nobody had made surface props of that size and configuration. Clive and James and I figured out the diameter, pitch and rake, and ordered them from from a real DICK in Italy. When they were finally delivered to us by SBM, they were the wrong pitch, wrong diameter, wrong material, wrong blade style, wrong number of blades, wrong bore, and not cupped. I spent a week at Berlitz practicing my Italian to tell that SOB how much I appreciated it.
If I can find it, I have a picture of it being turned over end for end. At one point, it was the tallest structure in the neighborhood!

When the limeys went home, they loaded the boat full of heavy equipment and such, and forgot to tell the crane operator. The back strap broke, and the whole boat bailed out at 50 feet. Not good! When I have time, I'll tell you a story about suction under the back step on that boat. It is AMAZING.
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Now that's why I come to OSO!!!

Thank you Brownie... please keep them coming!
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