The boys all over our GP land are busting their butts getting boats ready.
Down in ole Louisiana, Randy English is busy getting’ the GP-101 back together. Don’t know if it will be painted for Stuart but it will be ready to run. Randy’s other GP, the brand new Staudacher, was supposed to be painted this week and John Lohone (Randy’s engine builder) will be installing the engine this week at Jon’s shop in northern Michigan. I know a lot of people are waiting to see how Staudacher’s wood boat will compete against the Henderson hulls. I guess all the experts are saying the Staudacher should turn as well but the Henderson hull might be a shade bit faster on the straightaway. Their also saying on our short tight courses the Henderson hulls are built stronger and should hold up a little better. Also, the Staudacher is a lot less money, so there’s always trade offs. Randy has been racing Jon’s boats as long as I’ve been racing and he wants to give it a try. One things for certain, he will be competitive believe me.
Our Steeler bunch met at Bert’s shop last weekend and installed the engine and strut before Bert glues on the decks next week. By the middle of April, Big Mike will take the boat down to John’s EMS shop to get painted and decals applied.
Claude Tremblays got a job to do. Both of Mathieu Doaust motors are torn down so he’s got to get them back together.
Marty’s boat is in Phoenix getting a new paint job while Grendel’s boat is in Florida waiting to get the engine put back in.
Brandon’s boat is also down in Florida where the “Great Scott” is reworking the decks.
Most of you probably saw Ken Brodie’s GP in the paint shop and Ken reports almost ready to head south.
Well, that’s about it for now, stay tuned for more updates as they happen.
Till then, take care.