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Where do I start? First of all I’d like to congratulate Patrick and his team in winning our ACHA GP points championship this year. I think Pat found out, like most of our past winners, it sure takes a complete team effort to win a championship. You know there was only one person in my GP preseason poll to pick Patrick to win it all and that person was Jeff Richards. Yours truly also picked Brandon Kennedy to step up and win some races and sure enough that he did. That team started off slow but as the year went by George and his team really stepped it up and I would say now if I would have to predict a winner for 2014 it would be the Kennedy team. I’m sure all our fans have followed all our races on U-stream, hydroplane quebec.com, and Facebook this season so I’ll get on with the important stuff:
Who, What, Where, and when from the gossip and rumor mills!!!!!!!! If you haven’t heard it already, Patrick and his sponsor are stepping it up “Big Time” with a brand new boat from guess who? Jamie Auld is coming out of semi-retirement and will be building Patrick’s new state of the art GP hydroplane. Some of the new improvements include an F-16 canopy, Cunard wings, and several other new ideas that they tell me will kept a secret for now. After San Diego and Lake Chelan in Washington State, Mike Grendell’s GP-79 will also be sporting several new improvements. Bert and the Steeler team along with Mike’s guys make numerous major changes on Mikes boat out west so much so that Bert ran one lap over the previous record (108 mph) set 2 years ago at Lake Chelan.
Now here’s a brand new rumor I’ll bet nobody’s heard!!!!!Randy English wants to join our GP bunch with ( now check this out) a brand new “STAUDACHER” GP boat. Remember when Jon’s boats (in all our classes) dominated inboard racing. Randy brings many years of experience to our group and I’ll bet you it won’t take long for him to be running right up front with our top teams. New Sponsons, where do you want me to start? Ken Brodie, Marty Wolfe, and Martin Rochon will be sporting new Henderson sponsons when our season opens up in 2014. Oh I did forget to mention on Patrick’s new boat he will be running a gearbox in his new Auld hull. Boy,
I’ll bet those people that have been talking about ACHA going through a slowdown they’d better start looking around. I think 2014 will be ACHAs biggest year ever. I also think the Grand Prix class both East and West will have their biggest year ever. In San Diego they had seven GP boats all of which started and finished most of their heats and put on one hell of a noisy show for the fans. Shawn Bridgeman came up with a cool term for this combination, the THUNDER (GPs) and LIGHNTING (Unlimiteds). Also from the rumor mill if Detroit and Valleyfield can work on their dates, Detroit might put on our GPs to bring some noise to the Detroit crowd.
This is that time of year when all the BS , gossip, and rumors hit the airwaves which always helps to make our sport that much more healthier. Even the smaller classes are making lots of changes for next year. I bet you right now the 350 hydro class will be one of the most competitive classes in 2014 and possibly ACHAs short history.
Please take care and I’ll make sure Huey’s News will be out a lot sooner than it has been.
Hey Huey, what about the “STEELER” boat and crew?? Is it going down under to New Zealand or what???????????????
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