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Press Release GP 93 Going High Tech

2 Comments 27 March 2013

New high tech equipment for the Renegade Team

In its quest toward perfection and a winning season the Johnson~Wolfe race team have gone out and acquired the latest in weather stations and Data system technology for the GP93 Renegade.

First, the weather station is non digital fully self contained and solar power and is 100% correct 100% of the time.

Second, the Data System is designed to be user friendly and 99% correct when used with the weather station. This system will enable the team to select the proper engine tune up, propeller, gear ratio, and skid fin for the boat at any racecourse on any given day under any weather conditions.

The team feels with these state of the art additions they will be unbeatable in the coming season.

Click Below for Pictures and Details of this Amazing New System!!!

 weather system

Huey's News

March Madness Hits ACHA

No Comments 04 March 2013

Everyone’s heard of March Madness in basketball – but our boat racing sport, come on! Check out the following details and then you decide if we haven’t hit March Madness in Valleyfield?  With the recent announcement of the Formula One outboards bringing their series to the party, then the rock group Simple Plan announces their playing in concert!  By the way for a lot of us Americans this is one of the top vocal groups in Canada.  And then just this past week it was announced that four of the top Grand Prix boats from the APBA series (GP West)  will come East to do battle with our ACHA bunch. Wow!  If you’re a real boat racing fan, by now you’re licking your lips waiting for the week of July 11th - 14th. Can you believe 18 GP boats at one event?  That hasn’t happened at Valleyfield since the mid-1980′s, and then there were several 7 Liter step-ups in the field.  Now the bad news for some of our out of the province race fans. There are hardly any hotel rooms left in town.  The Hotel Valleyfield was sold out by Christmas time. I talked to Natalie at the Regatta office and she thinks there’s still rooms at the nearby Super 8 and should be some at the Holiday Inn in Pointe Claire (20 miles away.)  I’ve heard from several outboard fans that have made plans to attend the race that have never been to Valleyfield.  Boy…will they be in for a surprise when they see 8 GP boats roaring down the straightaway at 150 mph!  This 75th Anniversary will no doubt in my mind go down as one of the best, if not the best race events in all of boat racing.  You can’t go on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter without seeing or reading something about Valleyfield’s 75th event.  As far as our GP events go, ACHA hasn’t come out with the race format yet but come Sunday evening as the sun is setting look out because in a special GP Invitational three of their fastest from the West and three of our fastest from the East will take the 5 minute gun and then everyone will get to see who is the “TOP DOG” in the US and Canada. Just to make our GP finals you’re going to have to not only win your heats, but then they’ll go to the fastest times to determine who gets in and who sits on the trailer.

As I stated in my last newsletter I’d like to explain the different between the GP West boats and our ACHA boats. The boats themselves are the same - same size, weight, etc.  Only the engines are different. The GP West engine runs a 6:71 supercharger whereas in ACHA we are allowed to run a little larger 8:71 supercharger with our engines. But the GP West engines can run any size camshaft and any modifications to their cylinder heads. The ACHA engines can only run a .680 lift camshaft and no work is allowed on the heads. Talking with several engine builders these two differences amount to about a 100/150 horsepower advantage for the GP West boats.  Now some will ask has there been any head to head competition between the two groups in the past several years. Our Crush team went cross country to Seattle in Moses Lake in 2010 and won the weekend race event. In 2009 in Louisiana Jerry Hopp turned in the fastest time trial, but the race was canceled due to the weather. Last year in Lake Havasu, Arizona Jimmy Shane won the race shorten weekend in the GP-10 Charger.  In 2011 Bert in the Crush set the one mile competition record only to see it upped by 2 mph two weeks later by Dustin Echols out west, which brings us back to square one. No one seems to have much of advantage over anyone else. We’ll just have to go to Valleyfield to watch the Grand Prix Shootout and see for ourselves who truly is the ‘MAN TO BEAT”

IT’S PARTY/SUPPER TIME! The two teams of Martin Rochon GP-77 and  Patrick Rousse CS-177 are having a huge get together with a lot of race boat owner’s, driver’s’ and just our good old race fans Saturday March 9th at BOs restaurant in downtown Valleyfield all day from 12 noon until 9 PM.  Come on out and join and meet your favorite driver.

Hope to see everyone next week!


Huey's News

Moving Forward in 2013

1 Comment 30 January 2013

The weekend of January 19th we honored our ACHA class champions at the annual “Gala of Champions” banquet in Valleyfield, Quebec. I’m sure a lot of our fans watched this event on the livestream from Hydroplane Quebec and got some other facts on Facebook or YouTube. A real fun night was had by over 300 people in attendance. In the morning and afternoon meetings various items were discussed but no real changes were made. No tech rules were changed except for the H-350 class which will have some minor adjustments. Most of the time was spent clarifying our current racing rules. We had a GP meeting with ten boats represented and also our two newest GP drivers, Martin Rochon and Jesse Robertson, were introduced to the members. Many good suggestions were brought up by our owners and drivers and these same suggestions will be sent along to the ACHA board to hopefully be approved for the upcoming racing year. The weekend of April 20th and 21st several of our GP teams (6 so far) will be headed to sunny South Florida for the 2nd annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta in Stuart, Florida. While this event may become an official ACHA GP series race at least three teams, GP-25, GP-88, and GP-57, won’t have their boats ready and ACHA felt it wouldn’t be fair for them. I’m also told several H-350 teams would like to go down and get some testing time in so the race promoter might put these guys in on a special event status. You can go to the Stuart Sailfish regatta website for all the information you need. Last year they had great weather and everyone had a really good time and said they can’t wait for the 2013 event.

Well it looks like 2013 will be another banner year for our ACHA series races. New boats in all classes, new teams, and new driver changes make for an exciting summer of inboard racing not to forget the F1 Prop outboards that will be running at Valleyfield’s 75th show. Last week I paid a visit to Claude Bergeron’s shop to see Tom Pakradooni’s new GP boat. Claude tells me it will be a lot lighter and stronger. It really looked great and should be finished real soon. These changes could make Tom’s GP-88 “THE” boat to beat this year. A lot of our race fans always said that Tom’s GP was the fastest Bergeron boat on the circuit. I’m sure Marc Theoret and Eric Langevin  might have something to say about that but if you remember Marc and Tom’s boats were the only Bergeron hulls to win any races these last few years! I say this every year but this coming summer should have some of the best racing in all our classes in ACHA’s five year history.

Until next month, keep warm,


Huey's News

Christmas is almost here and 119 days until Stuart Sailfish Regatta

No Comments 19 December 2012

By now everyone should have all their Christmas shopping done and are waiting for the big day when Santa arrives. For all our ACHA members its new boats, older boats changing hands, new motors, new props, and we don’t want to forget new blowers!!! Talking with a lot of our owners and drivers it looks like another record year for our ACHA series. What with new boats, new drivers, new big sponsors, and (keep your fingers crossed) a great possibility of Tonawanda coming back on the schedule it looks like another banner year for our boat racing series. Several of our GP owners and drivers are looking forward to April 19th when they will be heading South to that land of sunshine, beautiful South Florida. So far there’s 6 GP teams that are looking ahead to the 2nd annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta, not only to bask in that warm Florida sunshine but also to get a lot of testing in while at the same time having their expenses paid. As of today’s date the GP-777, GP-50, GP-93, GP-77, GP-79, and GP-25 are very interested in attending this event. In case you’re wondering who’s the GP-77 you’ll have to wait another week or two for the formal press conference to find out who and what great sponsor will be on the boat. John McDonald, one of the event organizers promises a great time is planned for all. John’s company, EMS, also sponsors Rick Hendricks (OPPS sorry) I mean Mike Grendell’s fleet of 4 series boats. For more info on this race go to their website Stuart Sailfish Regatta.

Hey! How about that Ontario hockey Hydroclub??? An 8 to 1 win over the Quebec Hydroclub bunch wait, I hear the Quebecers are headed west to Prescott, Ontario on January 12th for the much awaited rematch which their coach Sylvan Dorais says will be a complete reversal from the first game for the coveted 2013 “ACHA HYDROCUP.” Stayed tuned and watch your Facebook pages for more info on “The Game.” All the guys on both teams had a great time in St Timothy and it was good to see two old time (not in age guys) GP drivers, Jimmy King and Jean Theoret playing with Jimmy scoring I hear 3 goals.

EAST verses WEST!!! You read it right. Just talked to Shawn Bridgeman in Seattle and seems like their club is working with the folks at Mosses Lake and Tri-cities to put their races on in early May of 2013. If this happens our team Steeler and Mike Grendell’s team GP-79 will make the long trek West to do battle with the GP West teams. Should be a great match-up but more on this later!

Well everyone that’s about all the news I have for now until after Christmas and the New Year. Hope all of our race fans, friends, and family have a very, very Merry Christmas and a great New Year!!!

See you at the convention,



Jesse Robertson new driver of the GP-10

No Comments 30 November 2012

Dean Rojas, owner of he GP-10 “The Charger” has informed GrandPrixHydroplane.com that the new driver for the 2013 season will be Seattle native Jesse Robertson. Dean has not decided whether he will race The Charger on the West coast, or come back to the ACHA series in 2013. At this point, Dean is focused on completing the rebuild of GP-10 after the devastating fire that occurred during the 74th Valleyfield Regates.

While Dean was looking for a “young gun” to pilot the GP-10, Jesse has numerous years behind his belt running outboards and limited inboards on both the West and East coast of the United States and Canada.

Dean is also working on plans for the 2nd Annual Lake Havasu event in April and once the boat is completed Rojas will announce his plans to what series he will run in 2013. Either way it will be nice to see “The Charger” back on the water running out front.

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