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    Olegator in the #187


    I couldn't find my pictures, but I found Powerboats.... here's the 16' Molinari sprint ( now with #174 on it because he was supposed to drive with Billy Don Pruett ) that Olegator spent 7 hours in at Parker in 1971. He finished 1st Merc, 3rd overall with a 1350 water-injected stacker on a McI speedmaster. The boat lost about a 1/2 hour of time on the course due to a screwed up driver change!

    This was the year of Mercury's " Flying Circus ". The super speedmaster gearcases had been failing in big numbers, so the decision was made to fit all team boats with the MerCruiser I speedmasters for the 9 hour run. Obviously, the boats behaved differently because we took 10 and 5 blew over in the race....2 or 3 also went over during testing. When you bring 10, start 9 and have Sirois, Hering, Seebold, Downard and Collinge flip, plus you have Pruett fall and break his arm, you are not having a good day. However, there is even a bright side to all those flips........we did not fail any lower units

    The 2nd picture is the boat that won......Johnny Sanders and Tom Posey
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    Quote Originally Posted by willabee
    Olegator in the #187



    The super speedmaster gearcases had been failing in big numbers, so the decision was made to fit all team boats with the MerCruiser I speedmasters for the 9 hour run.
    Were those units....... The "football" units we ran on the T-4's in Offshore in 1981? I recall them being cut down MC 1's.

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    It's hard to remember who was co-driving with who back then, but I'm thinking Seebold and Petty were paired. If so, he flipped their boat testing, but I thought it wasn't damaged and that he flipped it again in the race Strangely enough, Mr.T wasn't among the "flippers". We need to ask him who flipped his boat before he had a chance to do it himself



    Quote Originally Posted by OLEGATOR
    Seems That I Recall Billy Flipping Petty's Boat While Testing And Stickle's Boat In The Race. Is That Anywhere Close?
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    MR.BILL was the one if I remember right he blew over three that week. One testing two in the race. He wasn"t Mr. Bill then he was just another driver.I wasn"t a member of MERCURY'S FLYING CIRCUS that week end
    Quote Originally Posted by willabee
    It's hard to remember who was co-driving with who back then, but I'm thinking Seebold and Petty were paired. If so, he flipped their boat testing, but I thought it wasn't damaged and that he flipped it again in the race Strangely enough, Mr.T wasn't among the "flippers". We need to ask him who flipped his boat before he had a chance to do it himself

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    What's Wrong With This Picture ?
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    Jimbo in Merc Powered boat???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by willabee
    What's Wrong With This Picture ?

    It's obviously the wrong caption for that picture............ Actual caption should have read.

    " Has anyone seen the top half of my boat?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLEGATOR
    Could That Be Jeff Titus?
    I believe his name is written on the front combing.

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    mike mullins still has a scat craft with an xs on it , thing looks like new , same style as the one in the picture , and he has a v bottom one too .
    SEEBOLD CHAMPBOAT MERCURY S3000

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    What's Wrong......

    For those that can't read the small print, the caption under the Scat Craft reads " Jimbo McConnell, #191, leads Kenny Kitson, #119, over the finish line for a real thriller in the second heat of the torrid T class "

    Just amazing, you are all correct ! It is Jeff Titus winning Sport I and setting a national record in a Scat Craft ( the lower half of a tunnel boat ) powered by a Merc 1000 in Miami in 1970........I've never seen a photo with Jimbo powered by Merc

    I bet you guys can guess how the caption read for the picture below.......


    Quote Originally Posted by OLEGATOR
    Could That Be Jeff Titus?
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    Boy my memory is fading fast. I was at the 70 Nationals in SE and I don't remember Jeff driving a ScatCraft.The ScatCraft I remember most was Bobby Soles "Prop Job" with a 135 Chrysler.It seemed to me that few of them were run with Mercs and that is the only picture I have seen of one with a Mercury. Was that a 100BP motor?

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    I hope you don't feel like The Lone Ranger about that fading memory

    Powerboat says that James Bolger won SE in a Merc powered McCall. Titus used the same Scat Craft to run in 4 classes and won 3 of them........SI with a Merc, SJ with a Merc and U with a Johnson. ....he flipped in FJ ( he must have had a 1000, a 1250 and a Stinger ). I think the picture is a "people 1000", the 1000 BP ran in UI. Olegator, do I have those engines matched for those classes?


    Quote Originally Posted by 2us70
    Boy my memory is fading fast. I was at the 70 Nationals in SE and I don't remember Jeff driving a ScatCraft.The ScatCraft I remember most was Bobby Soles "Prop Job" with a 135 Chrysler.It seemed to me that few of them were run with Mercs and that is the only picture I have seen of one with a Mercury. Was that a 100BP motor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by willabee
    What's Wrong......

    For those that can't read the small print, the caption reads " Jimbo McConnell, #191, leads Kenny Kitson, #119, over the finish line for a real thriller in the second heat of the torrid T class "

    Just amazing, you are all correct ! It is Jeff Titus winning Sport I and setting a national record in a Scat Craft ( the lower half of a tunnel boat ) powered by a Merc 1000 in Miami in 1970........I've never seen a photo with Jimbo powered by Merc

    I bet you guys can guess how the caption read for the picture below.......

    If you look closely enough at that picture, it seems that Kitson is running an 18 footer (single engine design).....with twins.

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    I think that I was so wraped up in my own efforts that year I didn't pay much attention to the other boats. Olegator had just fixed my best prop and in the process improved it almost a mile an hour so I figured this was my best shot at Nationals. I find that thinking back to that year I can only remember my own races. Do you have Powerboat from way back then or is it on the web somewhere?
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    At 1st glance, it does look that way..........but, it seems to have too much nose for an 18'. I think the twin was a 20', however, who knows what Kenny might have put together for the Nationals.

    Doesn't Raceman have one of these ? If so, what length is his ......


    Quote Originally Posted by T2x
    If you look closely enough at that picture, it seems that Kitson is running an 18 footer (single engine design).....with twins.

    T2x
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