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Old 03-07-2005, 11:57 AM
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Just got word today:

Actual speed for Michael Dixon was 143.8 MPH in an STV RIVER ROCKET. The bar has been raised for a Single Outboard Boat!
Sharkey:

FYI...The single engine outboard speed record is over 170....and it was set almost 20 years ago......

Now THAT'S impressive.......

This alcohol/Fuel based, supercharged, full race, short lifespan, 2000+ hp thing is nonsensical.......

Basically a Boeing 757 is a multi million dollar 600 mph vehicle...... Does this impress you?

If so you should love this......

If not...... you get the bigger picture.

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FYI...The single engine outboard speed record is over 170....and it was set almost 20 years ago......

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That may be so Rich, but I don't believe it was done in an STV River Rocket.

What was the hull configuration for the 170 record?
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Thank Ic Hornet But Ceo Is Still A Job Title All Moneys Were Gone I Understood In The Article Some Time Ago, A Big Portion Was Pissed Away On R&d For Racing Not Pleasure Boating, I Also Believe I Heard Reggie Bought Hulls From Skater For The Race Boats And That Hurt The Financhels In The Article. Is That True. Why Wouldn't He Build Them Himself. He Had The Facility's To Do So. Just A Question.
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Sharkey,
It's been a while since this happened, and I've burned out more than a little gray matter since then but as I recall:
Owner Bedford Davie, driver Bob Herring, hull Karelsen 3 point
(some say it was a 4 point) hydro, engine heavily modified Evinrude F-1 V8. Actual record was 176MPH.
This was a full out effort by OMC and their racing division, 2nd Effort. No well financed, big name effort has occured since then, to my knowledge.
A friend of mine who owns the outboard drag record (7.52 @ 156) told me "it's dangerous, it's expensive, and it's not easy".
I couldn't agree more.
As for Michael Dixon running 143.8 in an open "production" hull, that is very impressive too. I don't know if there is an APBA or UIM class record for that, however.
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Thank you Steve!

That was the point I was making. The 143.8 mph was from what I gathered, a "Production Hull" River Rocket, not that this was the actual Outboard record. 176 in a hydro is a whole other animal.
What engine did your friend use for the 156 pass?
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Sharkey,
That run was at the Augusta, GA APBA race in 2002 (I think).
The race was sanctioned by IHBA after that, and then unfortunately cancelled for 2005 by the city due to downtown riverfront renovations. I got to see the Hot Licks TF hydro run 244 there last year, WOW ............
Jon Wright owns and drives a Pugh Hydro. Same builder (Gary Pugh) as the F-1/Champ/SST120 tunnel boats. The motor was a heavily modified Merc 2.5V6, with LOTS of N20, and a custom built mechanical fuel injection system (all built by Jon).
Jon crashed the boat a year later at that same race, but has a new toy that should be just as fast or faster. No use inspending all that time and money if you're not going even faster, right?
You can see the new boat over at www.screamandfly.com .
General discussion page 2, thread "Wow, you gotta see this".
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either way i think that the xxx boat is one of the cooolest looking vessels on the water!
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No use in spending all that time and money if you're not going even faster, right?
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Absolutely!

Wow!! Talk about having open exhaust!!!

Ok............Now back to Outerlimits.....
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Thank Ic Hornet But Ceo Is Still A Job Title All Moneys Were Gone I Understood In The Article Some Time Ago, A Big Portion Was Pissed Away On R&d For Racing Not Pleasure Boating, I Also Believe I Heard Reggie Bought Hulls From Skater For The Race Boats And That Hurt The Financhels In The Article. Is That True. Why Wouldn't He Build Them Himself. He Had The Facility's To Do So. Just A Question.
I don't think it was the racing R&D, it was the R&D into the failed "mega cruisers" that cost him the huge $$$.
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