Boy time sure does fly by ! Everyone seems to be hard at work on their GP boats. Poor Randy English,he’s new to our ACHA GP group and he’s got two (2) GP boats to get ready. The GP-101 won’t be too bad but his new Staudacher is brand new and all the hardware has to be designed then made up from scratch which takes lots of time. Knowing Randy, both GPs will be sitting in the pits May 14th ready to race in Stuart. You can take that to the bank !!!!! Speaking of new GP boats, Bert and Ralph are working their butts off on our new Steeler. All the pieces have been made now all they have to do is put everything together. We are using all of last years boat’s hardware and the complete capsule. Bert assures us the boat will be ready to start rigging on the first day of April and he also says that’s no April Fools joke either. All our motors have been finished and run on our Dyno so that’s a big part of our project. Heard from up Chicago way Marty’s been running his new motors on their Dyno and he’s pumped up and ready to rock and roll with the gang. I even heard he’s lost a lot of weight and he can’t wait until Stuart and our first GP race. It will be good to see Marty back running with us. Brandon’ has his GP Champion GP down in Palm Beach where Scott Kropfield will be fixing all the nicks and bruises Brandon got last year while winning his first GP Championship. I hear its going to be painted also.
Ken Brodie, Tom Pakradooni, and Eric Langevin didn’t have any major problems and the end of last year and all should be ready come Stuart race time. The GP-444 is still waiting on a new owner though. Several people have expressed interest but as of this newsletter theres been no takers.Mike Grendell reports he’s had some major changes in his race program and we’ll hear more on that next month. Word from out west, Dean Rojas’s crew chief Rich Hallet been busy building Dean’s motors. First report from their Dyno session shows over 1300 horsepower. The GP-77 Coppertone bunch has a new two contract with their sponsor and they to have two motors ready to go. Pat Hayworth reports he will be running all the ACHA events and maybe, just maybe have his new trailer finished. Mathieu Daoust got all the bodywork done on their GP and reports they to will be ready for Stuart.
Well gang, that’s all the updates I have for now. If it “ever” warms up we’ll start racing.
Until then, take care.