Huey's News

BRODIE WINS BIG IN LONG SAULT!

No Comments 22 June 2014

What a start to our Canadian  race scene. Coming into Long Sault, our second GP race of the 2014 season, all the talk was the “Big Three” GPs of Bert (GP-777), (Brandon GP-25) and (Ghislain GP-101) When all the rain, dust, and water calmed down it was Ken Brodie Jr. in his GP-50 that stole the show this past weekend. Ken started out the weekend winning a couple of heats and got to start the final on Sunday in Lane 2. Bert was in Lane 4 and Brandon in Lane 5. Ghislain blew one engine and had other engine problems and didn’t make the final. Down they came for the start with Ken pulling everyone to the first corner. Brandon in lane 5 lost a skid fin, did a 360, and was out of the final. On the restart Ken again pulled Marc on the inside and Bert on the outside through turn one and down the backstretch with Bert in hot pursuit. Going into turn 2 Bert lost fuel pressure and with nobody else close Ken cruised on for the win. What a great father’s day present for both Ken Sr. and Ken Jr. Martin in his GP-77 Coppertone ran a good second until his steering wheel came off. Mathieu Daoust in only his first GP final finished second.

The weekend started off on a cold rainy Saturday afternoon in the first GP heat there was a really bad accident involving GP-79, GP-12 and GP-9…  Because of the nature of this incident I cannot go into details of what caused this accident but I’m sure everyone has heard by now several different versions. Both boats are being repaired and Mike’s GP-79 will be in Brockville and Eric’s GP-12 will be in Valleyfield. What most fans considered the race of the weekend happened on the last heat of the day on Saturday. Bert and Brandon hooked up and off they went on the start. Brandon on the inside and Bert on the outside side by side for 4 laps. At one point coming down the front straightaway Bert got the Steeler all the way out of the water and headed for the moon (check out the Facebook pics) The fans were going wild. When the smoke cleared Bert won on the outside by a boat length. The crowd had just watched the fastest heat of the weekend. What a finish to a great day of racing.

Now it’s on to Brockville in 2 weeks for the third leg in our ACHA GP series. Right now the GP standings show GP-50in first, GP-444 second and GP-777 in third place.

Hope to see everyone in Brockville!!!!!!!

Huey

Results

Long Sault results 2014

No Comments 17 June 2014

Long Saults 14 Grand-Prix

Huey's News

WOW! THE SUN REALLY SHINED ON STUART FLORIDA AND OUR ACHA GP BOATS

No Comments 28 May 2014

What many fans will say was probably the most awesome, exciting, and competitive GP final in their 50 plus years history. Thousands of spectators and race fans left the overhead causeway and shoreline shaking their heads as they had just witnessed an amazing GP final race to end the weekend’s racing. Marc Théoret (GP-444) got off to an early lead on the inside and after one lap extended it to about a long straightaway over Brandon (GP-25), Tom (GP-88) and Kenny (GP-50). Ghislain (GP-101) a trailer on the inside and Bert (GP-777) a trailer on the outside had to start 5 seconds behind the front line of 4 starters. Lap after lap Bert wheeled in Ken, Tom, and finally Brandon with 2 laps remaining. Now everyone started to cheer. Could he catch Marc? Bobby Kennedy (Marc’s radioman) kept shouting to Marc “Bert’s coming, Bert’s coming!” Jeff Richards (Bert’s radioman) kept shouting to Bert “Dig! Dig! You’re getting closer.” One lap to go, Bert caught Marc on the last corner and beat him to the checkered flag by 4 feet. What a great job by Bert’s Steeler team as his new boat hit the water for the very first time that morning. What a start and finish to ACHA’s 2014 GP Championship series. For all you Facebook fans there are several pictures on FB of the finish between these two great drivers.

Being the first race of the year it seemed several of our GP guys experienced some little gremlins in their boats. Some big, some small. Marty Wolfe’s (GP-93) rudder shook so bad it cut his hands and almost broke one of his thumbs. Mike Monahan (GP-79) and Eric Langevin (GP-12) had engine problems throughout the weekend. Martin (GP-77) had stupid stuff happening to his Coppertone boat and couldn’t make the final. Mathieu Daoust (GP-9) got his first ever GP ride and did quite well with the added speed and horsepower of a GP boat compared to his H-350 from last year. Even though Mathieu didn’t make the final he was all smiles standing with Jessica and their new beautiful baby daughter in tow. Even though high winds caused testing and Saturday’s racing to be cancelled, Sunday’s full slate of all the classes was really great with lots of first class racing. Hats off to the Stuart race committee who really put on a first class event. 6000 hits where monitored on the live feed for Sunday.

Our ACHA”s leaders ( Michel Poirier, Ben Lemay, and Stephan Broissoit) were on hand this year and couldn’t get over how well everything was run. I wouldn’t be too surprised if this event will be an ACHA event next year. Stuart already is the second biggest inboard race in the states and everyone wants it to be the biggest in 2015.

Now on to our first Canadian race in Long Sault, Ontario next month where the action will be, as usual, hot and heavy with over 75 boats pre-entered yours truly can’t wait to see the H-350s run. Talk about competition, you race fans don’t want to miss this bunch.

Continued safe racing,
Huey

Photo

Photos of the Stuart Sailfish Regatta

No Comments 27 May 2014

By Marty Brault

News

2014 ACHA Grand Prix fleet.

No Comments 23 May 2014

 

 

(Cover shot by Marty Brault)

Here is a look at the 2014 ACHA GP fleet. At the first race in Stuart some teams showed they are ready. The new GP-777 showed a lot of speed, GP-444 and GP-101 were very strong. GP-88, GP-50 and GP-25 proved they need to be taken seriously and Mathieu Daoust in GP-9 made an impressive debut.
Time to make your bets for the season!”

BoatDriverComments
Patrick HaworthThe 2013 champion will be driving a brand new boat built by Jamie Auld. Patrick will miss Stuart but his reliability should bring him back in the championship race sooner or later.
Marc ThéoretSecond in the 2013 championship, Marc will want to show he can be a champion.
Marty WolfeNew sponsons should prevent from missing heats because of frequent hull damage.
Brandon KennedyWith some improvement done to the hull by Scott Kropfeld and last years performance, Brandon will be one to watch.
Ghislain MarcouxProbably the fastest of the field, Ghislain will be almost unbeatable if everything holds together.
Ken BrodieWith new sponsons and a little more reliability Ken will be a strong contender.
Mike MonahanMonahan's experience will be a great value to this team.
Bert HendersonAfter a tough season and with a new hull, the Steeler team will have high expectations.
Tom PakradooniSecond year with the latest Bergeron hull, Tom will want to show what he can do.
Éric LangevinCan be real fast but Eric needs to find the trick to keep everything together and finish more heats.
Martin RochonAfter their first year in GP, this team could bring some surprises this year.
Mathieu DaoustRookie year for this young driver.
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ACHA GP Points Standing 2014

Classement final
(Final standing)
PosBoatPts
1530
2435
3400
4398
5362
6292
7277
8225
9224
10171
1179
125

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