Here is what everybody were looking for. Marc Theoret and his dad Robert Theoret in their own Grand Prix Valleyfield GP-444. This was THE MOMENT of this great 75th anniversary of the Valleyfield regatta.
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What a great start to a final in Brockville this past weekend. Up until the final Bert and his Steeler dominated every heat race from Long Sault and Brockville. Due to a penalty Bert had to start in lane 5 in the final and Ghislain started in lane 3. Bert on the outside hit turn one and around everyone he went, everyone except Ghislain that is. Bert came of the first turn about a half sponson ahead of Ghislain. That was close as he got. Ghislain pulled him about 5/6 boat lengths down the back straightaway and never looked back. Bert stayed close until his blower belt came loose in lap 3. This GP101 crew really deserved this win. They’ve been working their butts off all last year and the beginning of this season. Way to go guys! Now, that being said don’t think Bert’s crew is going to roll over and play dead. The Steeler’s motor was out of the boat at 9 am Monday morning and back in Cincinnati Monday night. They have a brand new bullet being Dynoed Monday with several new “LEGAL” goodies being added. Oh, that being said if anyone heard about the Steeler’s new state of the art ignition being outlawed for this season ask anyone how many times our GP boats went dead because of MSD parts failing . Would you believe 8 failures between Long Sault and Brockville? Hopefully our GP tech committee will study this new ignition system and ok it for 2014.
Boy, everyone was flying in Brockville. Two beautiful (would you believe it) days of great racing in all the classes. This week in Valleyfield I really believe if you don’t win all your heats you might not even make the final it’s that competitive. I think our GP West guys are in for a big big surprise!
Right now Marty Wolfe is leading the GP point’s race with some heat wins and a solid second place finish in Brockville. Already there are a lot of rumors and gossip going around and most of this I can’t print but if you come over to my Steeler truck I’ll let you in on the latest news, rumors, and good old gossip!
Hats off to Martin Rochon in the Coppertone boat. He’s learning real fast and staying out of everyone’s way and should be off restriction by Webster’s event. He and Joe Sovie put on one of the best side by side races I’ve seen in the last couple of years.
All this being said please, please everyone don’t miss Valleyfield. Not only it’s their 75th show but the GP competition is really great this year. Remember there will be 18 GP boats competing for 7 spots in the GP final.
Take care and see you in Valleyfield, Huey
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