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Sunny Florida in 52 days!

No Comments 23 March 2015

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.


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2014 Grand Prix Season in review (funny version)

1 Comment 08 March 2015

Here is a humoristic recap of the last season in the ACHA Grand Prix Class.  Enjoy !

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Pictures of the new GP-777 Steeler

No Comments 08 March 2015

Here are couple of pictures of the new GP-777 Steeler taken by Marc Perrier at Bert Henderson’s shop on march 7th.

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No Comments 23 February 2015

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.


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The first photo of Staudacher’s new GP boat.

1 Comment 31 December 2014

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Seen here for the first time is Randy English’s new 2015 Staudacher hydroplane. Unlike the GP Jon built back in 2009, this hull will be state of the art with all the latest new design ideas.  It will also feature a brand new Bergeron design canopy. Randy will be picking up the canopy next week along with the GP-101 GP boat.  A lot of the so-called boat racing experts are predicting this new Staudacher hull should be very competitive although this same group of experts wonders if the boat can hold up under our current racing conditions on our one mile courses.  It gets awful rough out there after the second and third laps. Several people have asked me my opinion and I think it’s great to have another boat builder in our class and hey! if it gets a little banged up during a Saturday race Randy can just go down to the local Home Depot, buy a piece of plywood and a fiberglass kit and hes back in business Sunday morning !!!! About that other GP boat Staudacher built back in 2009, the owner is bringing out this year to run for the first time on the west coast with the GPW group. I also want to congradulate Randy for taking this big step up to our ACHA GP group. And I will predict now he “WILL” be a top competitor!!!!

Happy New Year everyone. See you all next year!


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