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GP West teams in Valleyfield

2 Comments 25 June 2013

Here are the profiles of the Grand Prix West teams who plan on attending Valleyfield. In addition to that a great album of the Soap Lake Ragatta.

A collaboration of Marty Brault

GP 15 – Hopp Racing

When you say the name Hopp you’re talking family. The father\son team has had much success since 1995 both in Unlimited Lights and Grand Prix. For 2 years now, son Greg is the full time driver of Bob Schellhase’s GP 12, leaving the driving duties of the GP 15 to father Jerry.

Jerry is a veteran Unlimited driver who has driven such boats as the Miss Madison, Taco Time, United Furniture Warehouse and Tony Roma’s. He is the self-proclaimed fastest grandpa on water. At 67, he is without a doubt the elder of the GPW group but make no mistakes he is a force to be reckoned with.

The GP 15 is the old THE ALAMO driven at the time by Bo Schide. Between 1997 and 1999, this boat won 12 out of 17 races before it was sold to the Hopp family. Right out of the gate, the Hopps won their first race with it on Lake Sammamish just outside Seattle.

Hopp played it safe in Soap Lake, not wanting to push the engine too much considering that they are running the 2013 season with only one engine: The Lone Ranger!

They are a team to watch with grandpa Jerry driving.


GP 55 – Cabo Marine

Owned by Scott and Susie Pierce of Woodinville Washington, the GP 55 is a boat that is continually getting better year over year. This team was formed in 2010 is always a threat.

Scott Pierce isn’t exactly a new comer to hydroplane racing. Just like Jerry Hopp, he is a veteran of the Unlimited circuit winning the rookie of the year honors in 1981 with the U-8. Through the years he has also driven such boats as the Gilmore Special, Team Velocity, Mr. Pringles and the famous Miss Budweiser. Who will drive in Valleyfield? Scotty or Kevin Eacret? Most likely Eacret will do the driving.

Pierce tells me that the GP 55 was originally a 21 foot Ron Jones Sr. design that was completely redone by his team. They increased the length of the boat to 24 feet and added a capsule. It is currently the only GPW boat with a rear wing. Pierce believes that having a rear wings adds much stability to the boat. It is built in carbon fiber.

With Eacret doing the driving duties in Soap Lake this team looked good with a few second places and should do well in Valleyfield.

GP 12 – Schellhase Racing

This boat is driven by veteran Greg Hopp and is always amongst the favorites on any given weekend. Hopp is the son of Jerry Hopp owner/driver of the GP 15. He has a lot of experience not only driving Grand Prix and Unlimited Light hydros but he also drives full time on the Unlimited circuit.

This is an excellent boat, with excellent motors and a high caliber team with a fearless driver who loves to go fast.



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No Comments 04 June 2013

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Long Sault result 2013

No Comments 03 June 2013

Complete results of the first event of the ACHA circuit.

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Huey's News


1 Comment 13 May 2013

Two more weeks until we hear those famous words. For most of us, Long Sault will be a tune-up for our summer racing schedule. For some, a lot of important questions will be answered there. Tom Pakradooni’s new boat, now that it’s some 200/300 pounds lighter will it be the boat to beat? Will Daniel and Ghislain get their motor problems straightened out from last year? This will be another top runner when they do. How about Patrick with his new sponsons? As far as George and Brandon’s rebuilt ride we now know it’s a rocket ship after performing out of sight in Stuart last month. On Sunday afternoon they put on a special GP heat to end the weekend of racing. Brandon took the inside lane, Joe Sovie the middle, and Bert the outside lane. Brandon on the inside lane dialed a start and held off Bert to the checkered flag. The fans went wild! Said it handled great in the corners and was only turning the motor 6800 RPM on the straights. As I stated in my last newsletter, look for this team to win some races this summer.

The GP-77 Coppertone (ex GP-88) just got wrapped this past week now on to Jeff’s in Ogdensburg to finish it up for the race season. I’ve been talking to the GP West teams and they’ve got one tune-up race in Soap Lake before they come east to Valleyfield to take on our ACHA teams  Talk about a shootout, this will be one race event our fans won’t want to miss!! Oh by the way, the GP WEST teams have some really cool “Shootout” T-shirts that will be on sale in Valleyfield.

Its official, the weekend after Valleyfield there will be a APBA GP race at the “QUAKE ON THE LAKE” in Waterford, Michigan. It will be a mile course approved for records and both our GP West teams and some of our ACHA teams will be running for the record ! So far there’s seven teams that want to go.

Below is my annual GP “Who’s going to win our GP Championship” survey. I’ve contacted over 30 owners, drivers crew members and a few race fans to get their input. Don’t forget the teams couldn’t vote for their own driver either. Again thanks for all our race fans support and we’ll see you in Long Sault,



Here’s your 2013 survey predictions-Remember all team members cannot vote for themselves.

George Kennedy GP-25        1-Bert Henderson       2-Tom Pakradooni     3-Ghislain Marcoux

Huey Newport GP-777        1-Ghislain Marcoux   2-Pat Haworth              3-Tom Pakradooni

Patrick Haworth GP-57        1-Bert Henderson       2-Marty Wolfe             3-Tom Pakradooni

Scott Kropfeld Race Fan      1-Ghislain Marcoux   2-Bert Henderson       3-Tom Pakradooni

Mike Grendell GP-79             1-Bert Henderson       2-Marty Wolfe             3-Pat Haworth

Marty Wolfe GP-93                 1-Marc Theoret           2-Bert Henderson       3-Pat Haworth

Bert Henderson GP-777      1-Marc Theoret           2-Pat Haworth              3-Ghislain Marcoux

Marc Theoret GP-444           1-Bert Henderson       2-Ghislain Marcoux   3-Pat Haworth

Jeff Richards GP-777           1-Pat Haworth              2-Tom Pakradooni     3-Brandon Kennedy

Mike Endres GP-777             1-Pat Haworth             2-Tom Pakradooni     3-Marc Theoret

Mike Gebline GP-777            1-Tom Pakradooni    2-Marc Theoret           3-Pat Haworth

AL Grabinski GP-88               1-Bert Henderson      2-Marc Theoret           3-Pat Haworth

B.J. Maduri GP-50                 1-Marc Theoret           2-Pat Haworth             3-Brandon Kennedy

Marc Perrier Race Fan         1-Tom Pakradooni     2-Marc Theoret           3-Ghislain Marcoux

Paul Davidson Race Fan      1-Bert Henderson      2-Marc Theoret           3-Pat Haworth

Martin Rochon GP-77          1-Bert Henderson      2-Marc Theoret           3-Tom Pakradooni

J.F. Rheaume GP-77             1-Bert Henderson      2-Ghislain Marcoux   3-Pat Haworth

Bobby Bergevin GP-101       1-Bert Henderson      2-Tom Pakradooni     3-Marc Theoret

J.P. Poulin Race Fan             1-Bert Henderson       2-Ghislain Marcoux   3-Marc Theoret

Denis Bourbonnais Race Fan  1-Pat Haworth        2-Martin Rochon        3-Ghislain Marcoux

Using numbers; 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd the final standings are:
Bert Henderson 40 points, Marc Theoret 23 points and for third 19 points for Pat Haworth and 19 points for Tom Pakradooni.

Huey's News


1 Comment 29 April 2013

Wow! What a week at the “Stuart Sailfish Regatta”.  The weather started off sunny and warm but Saturday got a little too windy to race although we did get a couple of hours in the morning testing which everyone really needed ! All weekend the crowd cheered all our classes on with some good side by side racing. Everything turned out as expected except boat count.

Boat attendance, where should I start? It’s really a sad day for boat racing when “NO” APBA Inboard Hydroplanes show up to support their class this past weekend in Stuart. What’s even worse they tell me there’s a 2.5 stock ready to race less than 50 miles away and get this, a 5 liter stock less than 15 minutes from the race course. Why these guys won’t support their class and local APBA race event is way beyond me. It’s a sad day for APBA inboard racing when the local club has to invite boats all the way down from the ACHA club in Canada to support a APBA race to fill the field.

Thank god for our Canadian friends from ACHA who put on a great show for the local race fans!  I’d be willing to bet this event will probably turn into a ACHA sponsored race and in two to three years will be the biggest race event in the States and second in size only to Valleyfield and you can take that to the bank. To all you local APBA Inboarders, if we have to bring in out of state boats, so be it. Have fun planting flowers in your boats because all the rest of us will be “racing” and supporting your local club!!!!  Talk about that local club, they were great. The Stuart committee made all our crews feel right at home. Everyone got treated to a week of fun in the sun (Temp 80 degrees) and parties every night with a boat race thrown in for good measure. . I swear my “Steeler” bunch drank over 150 gallons of beer during the week.


As far as the GP races went, everyone got to test and work the bugs out of their boats. Brandon and George really surprised all of the GP crews with their completely redesigned GP boat. With their new sponsons and their new gearbox added ( They were running direct drive) It was a rocket ship that turns  as good as the “Steeler” believe  me, this boat will wins some races this summer. Marty had the right sponson delaminate so he was sidelined for the final. Ken Brodie had some engine problems and he too sat out the final. Bert in his “Steeler” won the final and also was awarded the “Best Performance” of the weekend. Brandon finished a close second with Joe Sovie finishing third. The rest of our GP boy’s better start working on their boats back home cause this GP bunch in Stuart is ready to get it on in Long Sault!

You don’t want to miss my next newsletter. I’ll be showing my annual owners and drivers survey on who’s going to win our 2013 GP ACHA high point championship. Tell then, take care, and see you in Long Sault.


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