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Thread: Life at Lake X in the '60s
06-16-2012, 10:30 AM #1126
06-16-2012, 04:55 PM #1127
Rosmary, Phil and their "team" were a huge part of S Florida racing history. Phil loaned me a pair of 6 cylinder Mercs with speedmasters that I ran on a Powercat in the Gold Coast Marathon, finishing 6 or 7th overall and 3 outboard overall.
I got Jimmy Sewares to come to OFF2011, maybe we can get Rosmary to come to OFF 2012
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06-18-2012, 06:52 PM #1128
Boy oh boy, both my wife and my boss are pissed that I haven't done a thing the last 3 days except read this thread.
Question- I call my boss, his boss and so on by their first name; per their request. Did Mr. K require every one to call him Mr. K or was it done out of respect?
06-19-2012, 08:00 AM #1129
06-19-2012, 10:36 AM #1130
he took us out for a boat ride in one of the factory Power Cats while my Mom and Dad were working on our race boats. Having heard all the stories about him, I remember being nervous around him, but he was nothing but kind and generous to my family.
06-20-2012, 07:42 PM #1131
06-23-2012, 04:06 PM #1132
How long was the track at Lake X? I read the 4 X-site routes are 37 miles per this link:
How many Mercury plants are there? I read Plant 36 if the high performance plant.
Were inboards test there as well? Seems like outboards were all there were, which I love outboards!
I wish Mercury would make a 400XS at $50-$55/HP...
06-24-2012, 10:54 AM #1133
Hi Mark - It's been 40+ years since I was at Lake X, but I think the marked endurance course was about 7 + or - miles. I read the year 2000 article that you linked. It was interesting to me. I ran endurance out of the original salt water test station at the South end of Siesta Key (Sarasota) in the early 1960s for awhile before moving to Lake X. We were pretty much on our own as to where we ran. Consequently we did some pretty dumb, and fun, things. - Steve Sirois
06-28-2012, 03:40 PM #1134
06-28-2012, 05:55 PM #1135
06-28-2012, 06:52 PM #1136
I Beam Diving
Disregard the red arrow. This is the only photo I can find on my computer that shows the I beam you are referring to. It hangs out from the canopy on the closer end of the old shop. It is barely visible above the 3rd floating dock in the old slip. The hoist actually travelled under the canopy. The answer is...NO, I never dove off of it. In fact, I really don't even remember having swam in the lake. At least not on purpose
08-05-2012, 05:15 PM #1137
Post 1144- the guy on the left, what is he wearing? Is that a lifevest (his pants seem wet/darker at the top than the bottom).
What is the largest (LOA') boat you remember testing? I'd guess it was quite small compared to todays standards. How about highest HP and was it an outboard, a single, twin or trip?
08-05-2012, 07:38 PM #1138
08-06-2012, 07:50 PM #1139
In todays world, pulling the card to run a 50' Skater with twin 1350HP would seem like much more of a "win" than a 12' flat with a 15HP on it is all. Am I on the wrong path and the 12' flat with a 15HP on it would allow you to get more reading in and shake the hangovers off?
08-07-2012, 12:26 PM #1140
Steve, the biggest boat I saw running at the Lake was the 'Popeyes'. Bill and Lynwood testing the 'Superboat'. 50 feet long, 4 engines, 4000 horsepower---
I think boat size was only limited by the width and capacity of the Marine-Travelift.
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