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OPA race in Philly/NJ this year !

Old 04-19-2004, 03:19 PM
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Thumbs up OPA race in Philly/NJ this year !

the river is not very wide in this area, but it will be interesting how they will set it up.

CAMDEN, NJ - OCTOBER 9 & 10 - 2004
This event is the vision of Mr. Steven Gronka of the Sea Quest Kids of the Advance America Foundation. The Sea Quest Kids is a charity organization for kids, and serves as a little league of boating. Steve has brought together Mr. George Kearns of the US Navy League, Sea Quest Kids and OPA to promote a venture with the City of Camden, NJ to produce a powerboat race on the Delaware River. Called "The Liberty Grand Prix" we will honor all branches of our armed forces. The Liberty Grand Prix will take place on the Camden Waterfront, October 8, 9 &10.

This race will be the National P Class Championship. Open to any P Class boat that raced anywhere during the 2004 season, the single race winner take all format will determine the 2004 National Champions. Spectators will enjoy a clean modern waterfront park that is adjacent to the Camden Aquarium and Battleship New Jersey. Spectacular views of the entire racecourse are available from the deck of the Battleship USS New Jersey. The Battleship and museum will host a pre-race dinner party on the aft deck the night before the race.

Local bands will perform during an outside concert on the stage at the promenade along the Delaware River. Food courts will be established on both sides of the river as the cities plan to promote this race in a big way to insure a large spectator turnout. A new Light Rail Trolley is available for local transportation on the NJ side of the river.

The race site includes a huge paved parking lot, protected by a high security fence that will serve as the Dry Pits. Racers will also have access to the paved pier with 2 cranes.
Next to the pier, an enormous municipal marina will serve as the Wet Pits.

Never before has a local community embraced a powerboat race like this. Camden and Philadelphia have rolled out the red carpet and even invited all branches of the armed forces to participate. Expect to see the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines put on live demonstrations. Seal teams, helicopter drops, paratroopers, and fighter jet flybys will be part of the action on Friday and Saturday.
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Great Job...... We'll be there!

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That sounds like a great event, I wish we could come up and run this event, But it's on the same weekend as the SBI
Nationals in Deerfield. So good luck to all the Jersey Boys
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Thank you for update, useful info. Thanks
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Great place for the SOB's to run also. Should turn out to be a really great event. OPA is making great strides this year for some really great events.

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I'll be there!
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If you want further info about this race and all the OPA races, go to and join the emailing list.
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