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    Quote Originally Posted by lars strom View Post
    Some time ago Roy Cooper - Fast on Water in UK asked me for my racing history.
    Took me sometime to put this together but here it is..
    Sorry, itís not for bragging just the way it was.
    Thanks
    https://www.fastonwater.co.uk/?fbcli...I_nEsPf-nOqevs


    Started racing
    (Offshore E class 1971)

    (Retired 1990)

    1972- Swedish Champion Offshore E

    1973 - European Champion SE Class Lappenranta, Finland
    - Nordic Champion SE Class
    - A few SE class World Speed records.
    - Swedish Champion Offshore E class
    - Voted best overall Nordic driver 1973
    - Not allowed to start in Paris 6 hours.Entry sent in too late by the Swedish Powerboat Federation.Standing in the pit with our boat watching the race.

    1974 - European Champion SE Class Evian, France
    - Nordic Champion SE class
    - Overall Winner of the 2 Hours of Duvnasviken Enduro
    - Nordic Champion Offshore E class
    - Swedish Champion Offshore E class
    - Winner of the Roslagsloppet race E class
    - Finished third in Paris 6 Hours OE Class
    - Voted best overall Nordic driver

    1975 - European Champion SE class Sabaudia, Italy
    - Nordic Champion SE class
    - Winner of the BP 200 in South Africa OE class
    - Winner of the Rouen 24 Hours SE class
    - Winner of the Amsterdam 3 hours SE class
    - Nordic Champion Offshore E class
    - Winner of the Roslagsloppet race E class
    - Swedish Champion Offshore E class
    - Voted best overall Nordic driver
    - Broke down in Paris 6 hours

    1976 - European Champion SE class Nora, Sweden
    - Nordic Champion offshore E class
    - Winner of the Roslagsloppet race E class
    - Overall Winner of the 2 Hours of Duvnasviken Enduro
    - Swedish Champion SE class
    - Voted best overall Nordic driver
    - Broke down in Paris 6 hours

    1977 - Finished second in the OE class World Championship race Brodenbach, Germany 0.20 of a second behind Michael Werner.
    - Winner of the Gronningen, Holland OE class race
    - Winner of the Aschach, Austria OE class race
    - Raced in Bristol, Paris 6 hours and other big races but no good results
    - Roslagsloppet Offshore race 24 ft Rumrunner/Volvo Penta V8


    1978 - Overall winner of the Stockholm GP SD class
    - Overall winner of the Siljan Offshore raceOffshore Z class
    - Finished second in the ON class race in Milan, Italy
    - Finished fourth overall OZ class Paris 6 hours

    1979- Winner of Drammen GP, Norway OE class 1979
    - Finished fifth in the OE World Championship race Evian, France
    - Finished third in the OE class Paris 6 hours

    1980 - Nordic Champion OE class
    - Finished fifth in the OE World Championship race Nottingham
    - Winner of the Paris 6 hour race OE class

    1981- Winner of the Aspen OE Class World Series, including many OE class races.
    - Broke down in Paris 6 hours.

    1982 - World Sprint OE class champion
    - Winner of many races in the Aspen OE class World Championship but ended up second to Rick Frost
    - Winner of Paris 6 Hours

    1983- My first year racing the F1-V8 series with my # 8 Burgess/Aspen/Evinrude V8 with mixed results.

    1984- Second year in the F1-V8 series with mixed result.

    1985- Raced a few F1/V8 races with mixed result.

    1986 - Winner of the Paris 6 Hours OE class

    1987 - Raced Offshore 4 liter.


    1988 - Winner of the Roslagsloppet Offshore Race 4 liter class

    1989 - Organizer / "Officer of the day" OMC F3 GP in Stockholm


    1990 - Raced a few OE/F3 class races 1990 and time to retire.
    Well..new page was coming up..(I was planing to add pictures in a new post under). A quote instead and pictures to follow year by year.
    Here they are..year is under every picture.



    1972


    1973



    1973



    1974



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    1986

    1987 no picture..!!



    1988



    1989



    1990
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 1989 Stockholm F3.jpg   1990 F3 racing.jpg   1972 E.jpg   1973 E.jpg   1973 SE 3.jpg  

    1974 OE Paris 2.jpg   1975 E.jpg   1975 OE S. Africa.jpg   1975 SE Rouen 24 Winner.jpg   1975 SE.jpg  

    1976 SE.jpg   1976 OE Paris.jpg   1977 OE Brodenbach.jpg   1977 Offshore Volvo V8.jpg   1978 Paris Me.jpg  

    1978 SD.jpg   1978 Z Offshore.jpg   1979 OE Me.jpg   1980 OE.jpg   1981 OE 2.jpg  

    1982 OE 1.jpg   1983 F1-V8.jpg   1984 F1-V8.png   1985 F1-V8.jpg   1986 OE Paris Winner 2.jpg  

    1988 Winner Offshore.jpg  
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    20 years of boat racing with great memories and many disappointments..

    Thinking back..this is still the one..!!

    After a few years in the sport, a big possibility opened up in the winter 1972/73. Hans Holmen who worked for Evinrude Sweden called me and said that Huzells and Evinrude has picked me and one other Swede to get the new Evinrude 65 SS ( for free) that was designed to be a winner in the SE class.
    One condition, I have to buy a new SE Cat from Italy. There was two choices, Abbate or Clerici and I picked Clerici without really a good reason.
    We where late to order, but Clerici promise to have the boat ready in June that summer, but that was OK because OMC was late with the new 65 SS also.
    I friend of mine lent me and older Schultze cat and I used my stock Evinrude 65 hp. At the Swedish Championship in Torsby, Varmland, I ended up around fifth.
    Me and my dad Roland took the Coffee delivery truck and headed to Cremona, Italy with a big bag full of Lire (Italian Cash) to pick up the new very good looking cat.
    Back to Sweden to install the brand new 65 SS Evinrude, that had just arrived.
    There was one big problem, this engine was using left hand props, and there was not many around. I found one 2 blade prop used for the Mercury BP’s, but not very fast at testing.
    The big race of the year was the European Championship in Lappeenranta Finland and OMC’s Racing boss Jim Wagner had a lay over in Stockholm, on his way to Finland with Roger Jenkins #56 Clerici/Evinrude boat.
    I got the opportunity to test factory driver Roger Jenkins propellers in Sweden and my boat was flying.
    This was a 3 blade cleaver left hand rotation and Jim Wagner promised me that if I showed up in Finland he was going to let me use Roger Jenkins spare prop.
    Me, Holmen and friend Curre took the ferry to Finland and when we arrived at the race there was 45 boats with Mercury, Carniti, Konigs, Evinrude and Johnson engines, but Roger Jenkins refused to let me borrow any of his/OMC’s propellers.
    I was very disappointed and was walking around in the pit, when I ran in to Tor Smith Ingebrittsen from Norway. He had an older home built boat, and he showed me his prop that looked like the one Jenkins used. We made a deal and exchanged props with a handshake.
    There was no time for testing and when they dropped the green flag I was flying through the field and after a few laps I lead the race and pulled away. I won the heat with half a lap, and everybody went crazy regarding my prop.
    Many drivers offered my new friend from Norway lots of money for his prop, that he lent me but he was cool and said it belongs to Lars.
    Next heat the Italian drivers was trying to run me over in the start, and later pushed me up on one of the turning buoys and I was disqualified and had some damage to the boat but we fixed that overnight.
    I do not remember the third heat, but I had to win the last one (fourth), and I did.
    I was now declared the winner and the new 1973 European Champion, and Jim Wagner was forced to come over to my boat and congratulate me.
    Lars and his friends had the biggest after race party they have ever seen in Lappeenranta.
    (Roger Jenkins left early for the airport)

    This was the beginning of my professional boat racing carrier and my Outboard Business success.
    Thanks to everybody helping me.
    (The picture was sent out all over the world by Reuters News)

    Next story..https://svera.se/blogg/racing-historier/1974-was-a-very-good-year-for-my-se-class-racing/



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    Jonas Andersson starts from Pole Position again for today’s second F1 race in Portugal.

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    Jonas Andersson just won the second F1 race in Portugal and are now the 2021 F1 World Champion.






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    Jonas is building his own boats, building his engines, running his own team. He deserved this world F1 title after 15 years of trying..

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    Marit Stromoy did a WOT flip today.
    She is ok..

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    When do they change to the Merc 4 strokes Lars?
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


    I refuse to allow common sense to interfere w/my boat buying decisions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Instigator View Post
    When do they change to the Merc 4 strokes Lars?

    Well..I am not the right person to ask that question....but here is the rumors I have heard..
    The current race boat in UIM F1 can not be used for the new top heavy Merc 4 stroke V8 APX 360
    A wider, larger different designed boat is the only way to do it.
    That boat does not fit in the shipping containers..
    Next issue is the new 4 stroke V8 engine is not as fast as the current V6 on a total lap time..new rules to ban the 2 stroke must be enforced.
    Extremely high cost to the teams already struggling with sponsorship.
    The last two races in Portugal was not organized by the normal F1 promotor..!!
    There is no race calendar as of today for next years UIM F1..only a rumor of a race in Saudi Arabia.
    I could be wrong about all this but its an answer..
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    They need to drop the powerhead down to sit on top of the gearcase like the rotaries did 50 yrs. ago. Charlies bucket patent has long since expired. Or they could lay it down and pretend it's an outboard like Jackie did.

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    Well..OMC designed and built the 6 inch mid section for the racing V8 early 1985..lowering the power-head 6 inches made a hug difference.
    Way better boat handling..compare to the top heavy 12 inch mid section.
    To bad OMC did not have the 6 inch mid section for Bristol 1982..!!..

    If I understand it correct..the new Merc 4 stroke racing V8 must have a 12 inch mid section because its a gearbox between the powerhead/gearcase.
    Good luck with that..!!

    PS..Dont mix up US F1 with UIM F1..in the US F1 the plan is to use a V6 4 stroke APX 200..UIM F1 the V8 4 stroke APX 360

    First picture is from the OMC parts book of the 6 inch mid section
    Second is the F1-V8 with the 6 inch mid section
    Third is the top heavy 12 inch F1-V8 used the first couple of years.




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    The rotary bucket had about 2" between the bottom of the powerhead and the gearcase. It's CG was actually lower the V-4 and the V-6. If you look at the old pictures you see the top of the rotary on the boat was lower than the top of V-6. You would have thought Strang and the boys would have learned from the rotary (10 yrs earlier) and used the shorter mid from the start.
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    Well..the 6 inch mid-section was not possible with the carburetor power-head..Only with the fuel injection.

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    Another fact is..
    Mercury is the only outboard in racing and have been so for many years.
    I remember when Mercury was criticizing OMC for the F1-V8 racing saying things like..who wants to sponsor a series with only one manufacturer..!!

    Here we are..20+ years later..Mercury still in a similar situation..no sponsorship for the teams..(only one outboard factory)
    US F1 NGK series & Tim Seebold is working extremely hard to promote the sport..and build a future.
    I really wish him well/great.

    The much faster UIM F1 series based in the Middle East are having the same problems..No major sponsors..
    The two Middle Eastern multi boat teams are dominating with state sponsorship.
    Yesterday in Portugal only 14 boats started..some big names like Chiappe & Erik Stark was missing..(Erik from no sponsor)
    The Swede Jonas did the unthinkable and got the gold..I think it was karma from when he lost the championship last time (2019) No racing 2020
    The UIM F2..(similar to US F1 Optimax 200XS) have a lot of up to date boats & drivers but not many races.
    Very hard to get races going in Europe for many reasons..Economy & permits..(the green people are a problem)

    Tunnel-boat racing all over the world..long before Covid are struggling because its not a very popular sport.

    Brunswick..by far the largest marine corporation in the world could make tunnel-boat racing great again by stepping up with sponsorship from all the marine companies they own..
    Think about Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Freedom Boat Club, Intrepid Boats, Mercury Marine, Lowe, Swedish Uttern Boats, Bayliner, Attwood, Princecraft, Harris Pontoons, Lund and many more..
    The problem is..Brunswick does not want to do so..
    We all know why....!!





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    Quote Originally Posted by lars strom View Post
    Another fact is..
    Mercury is the only outboard in racing and have been so for many years.
    I remember when Mercury was criticizing OMC for the F1-V8 racing saying things like..who wants to sponsor a series with only one manufacturer..!!

    Here we are..20+ years later..Mercury still in a similar situation..no sponsorship for the teams..(only one outboard factory)
    US F1 NGK series & Tim Seebold is working extremely hard to promote the sport..and build a future.
    I really wish him well/great.

    The much faster UIM F1 series based in the Middle East are having the same problems..No major sponsors..
    The two Middle Eastern multi boat teams are dominating with state sponsorship.
    Yesterday in Portugal only 14 boats started..some big names like Chiappe & Erik Stark was missing..(Erik from no sponsor)
    The Swede Jonas did the unthinkable and got the gold..I think it was karma from when he lost the championship last time (2019) No racing 2020
    The UIM F2..(similar to US F1 Optimax 200XS) have a lot of up to date boats & drivers but not many races.
    Very hard to get races going in Europe for many reasons..Economy & permits..(the green people are a problem)

    Tunnel-boat racing all over the world..long before Covid are struggling because its not a very popular sport.

    Brunswick..by far the largest marine corporation in the world could make tunnel-boat racing great again by stepping up with sponsorship from all the marine companies they own..
    Think about Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Freedom Boat Club, Intrepid Boats, Mercury Marine, Lowe, Swedish Uttern Boats, Bayliner, Attwood, Princecraft, Harris Pontoons, Lund and many more..
    The problem is..Brunswick does not want to do so..
    We all know why....!!




    This why the APX appearance at Havasu is so amusing. Now you see it...........now you don't?

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