Complete results of the first event of the ACHA circuit.
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On May 24, the GP-77 Coppertone Pro Series Team went to the Brockville area to hold their first testing session. For the first run, Bert Henderson, driver of the Steeler GP-777 took the wheel of the Bergeron hull and was then followed by the regular driver Martin Rochon who has experienced his first laps in a Grand Prix Hydroplane.
On May 23 at Bistro Urban Onze14 organization Valleyfield Regatta made some announcements for the 75th edition of the Regatta.
First, it was announced that a nod to the popular dinners of the past will be held on June 15 as the Regatta Steak will be back. The place chosen for the dinner is the exact spot where these famous events took place, at the Club Nautique de Valleyfield. At 9:30 PM, the local group Last Call will entertain attendees. The day before, at the same place, the Regatta volunteers are invited for a reunion party. Everyone knows that without the support of hundreds of volunteers who are dedicated to the Regatta in recent decades, this event would not be what it is today.
Moreover, Jessica Stafford made official what what everybody already knew. Robert Theoret will be back on the waters of the St. François Bay driving his legendary Grand Prix Valleyfield GP-444 with which he dominated in the 80s. Fans will be treated to a special moment when Mr. Theoret and his son Marc in the current 444 will give us a spectacle. According to Mr. Theoret, the boat is in good condition. They are waiting for an engine and everything will be ready to give please the fans.
Pierrette Bouchard and also came to announce the Souvenir DVD will be on sale shortly at the Regatta House. A DVD lasting 30 minutes will be presented by TV Cogeco on September 16.
It is with great pride that Martin Rochon and Huey Newport unveiled the Grand Prix boat sponsored by Coppertone ® Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Urban Bistro Eleven 14.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the local hydroplane driver, Martin Rochon, will jump to Grand Prix thanks to a two-year agreement with Coppertone ®. The old GP 88 boat piloted by Tom Pakradooni will now display the colors of the brand of sunscreen products most sold in Canada.
Martin Rochon is honored to be associated with a brand like Coppertone ® and to have the privilege to partner with a major figure of powerboat racing such as Huey Newport. It is important not to forget the help of Valleyfield Regatta who remain owners of the hydroplane and without whom this adventure would not have been possible
About Martin Rochon
Martin Rochon has a solid race driving experience. Rochon started his racing career in karting. He earned the title of Quebec champion in 2008 and the title of vice-champion in 2009. Martin made the jump to hydroplane racing thereafter and has completed two seasons in Hydro 350 and 5 liters. 2013 will be Rochon’s first season in the Grand Prix class.
About Coppertone ®
Coppertone ® was born during the Second World War, when American aviator and future pharmacist Benjamin Green developed a product designed to protect soldiers from the sun. In 1944, he used his invention to create the first solar Coppertone ® protection, the first commercial sunscreen product. In fact, he had concocted the mixture of cocoa butter on the stove with his wife and tested on his own bald head. For generations, Coppertone ® pioneered. It was the first brand in North America to indicate the SPF (sun protection factor) of its products, the first to offer continuous spray sunscreen products and a range of products specially formulated for babies, children and sports. Over the years, the efforts of his team of scientists at the Coppertone ® Center for Solar Research have created many firsts in the field of solar protection. Coppertone ® is part of the great family of Merck. For more information, visit Coppertone.ca
Two more weeks until we hear those famous words. For most of us, Long Sault will be a tune-up for our summer racing schedule. For some, a lot of important questions will be answered there. Tom Pakradooni’s new boat, now that it’s some 200/300 pounds lighter will it be the boat to beat? Will Daniel and Ghislain get their motor problems straightened out from last year? This will be another top runner when they do. How about Patrick with his new sponsons? As far as George and Brandon’s rebuilt ride we now know it’s a rocket ship after performing out of sight in Stuart last month. On Sunday afternoon they put on a special GP heat to end the weekend of racing. Brandon took the inside lane, Joe Sovie the middle, and Bert the outside lane. Brandon on the inside lane dialed a start and held off Bert to the checkered flag. The fans went wild! Said it handled great in the corners and was only turning the motor 6800 RPM on the straights. As I stated in my last newsletter, look for this team to win some races this summer.
The GP-77 Coppertone (ex GP-88) just got wrapped this past week now on to Jeff’s in Ogdensburg to finish it up for the race season. I’ve been talking to the GP West teams and they’ve got one tune-up race in Soap Lake before they come east to Valleyfield to take on our ACHA teams Talk about a shootout, this will be one race event our fans won’t want to miss!! Oh by the way, the GP WEST teams have some really cool “Shootout” T-shirts that will be on sale in Valleyfield.
Its official, the weekend after Valleyfield there will be a APBA GP race at the “QUAKE ON THE LAKE” in Waterford, Michigan. It will be a mile course approved for records and both our GP West teams and some of our ACHA teams will be running for the record ! So far there’s seven teams that want to go.
Below is my annual GP “Who’s going to win our GP Championship” survey. I’ve contacted over 30 owners, drivers crew members and a few race fans to get their input. Don’t forget the teams couldn’t vote for their own driver either. Again thanks for all our race fans support and we’ll see you in Long Sault,
2013 GP SURVEY WINNERS PREDICTIONS!!!
Here’s your 2013 survey predictions-Remember all team members cannot vote for themselves.
George Kennedy GP-25 1-Bert Henderson 2-Tom Pakradooni 3-Ghislain Marcoux
Huey Newport GP-777 1-Ghislain Marcoux 2-Pat Haworth 3-Tom Pakradooni
Patrick Haworth GP-57 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marty Wolfe 3-Tom Pakradooni
Scott Kropfeld Race Fan 1-Ghislain Marcoux 2-Bert Henderson 3-Tom Pakradooni
Mike Grendell GP-79 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marty Wolfe 3-Pat Haworth
Marty Wolfe GP-93 1-Marc Theoret 2-Bert Henderson 3-Pat Haworth
Bert Henderson GP-777 1-Marc Theoret 2-Pat Haworth 3-Ghislain Marcoux
Marc Theoret GP-444 1-Bert Henderson 2-Ghislain Marcoux 3-Pat Haworth
Jeff Richards GP-777 1-Pat Haworth 2-Tom Pakradooni 3-Brandon Kennedy
Mike Endres GP-777 1-Pat Haworth 2-Tom Pakradooni 3-Marc Theoret
Mike Gebline GP-777 1-Tom Pakradooni 2-Marc Theoret 3-Pat Haworth
AL Grabinski GP-88 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marc Theoret 3-Pat Haworth
B.J. Maduri GP-50 1-Marc Theoret 2-Pat Haworth 3-Brandon Kennedy
Marc Perrier Race Fan 1-Tom Pakradooni 2-Marc Theoret 3-Ghislain Marcoux
Paul Davidson Race Fan 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marc Theoret 3-Pat Haworth
Martin Rochon GP-77 1-Bert Henderson 2-Marc Theoret 3-Tom Pakradooni
J.F. Rheaume GP-77 1-Bert Henderson 2-Ghislain Marcoux 3-Pat Haworth
Bobby Bergevin GP-101 1-Bert Henderson 2-Tom Pakradooni 3-Marc Theoret
J.P. Poulin Race Fan 1-Bert Henderson 2-Ghislain Marcoux 3-Marc Theoret
Denis Bourbonnais Race Fan 1-Pat Haworth 2-Martin Rochon 3-Ghislain Marcoux
Using numbers; 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd the final standings are:
Bert Henderson 40 points, Marc Theoret 23 points and for third 19 points for Pat Haworth and 19 points for Tom Pakradooni.
Wow! What a week at the “Stuart Sailfish Regatta”. The weather started off sunny and warm but Saturday got a little too windy to race although we did get a couple of hours in the morning testing which everyone really needed ! All weekend the crowd cheered all our classes on with some good side by side racing. Everything turned out as expected except boat count.
Boat attendance, where should I start? It’s really a sad day for boat racing when “NO” APBA Inboard Hydroplanes show up to support their class this past weekend in Stuart. What’s even worse they tell me there’s a 2.5 stock ready to race less than 50 miles away and get this, a 5 liter stock less than 15 minutes from the race course. Why these guys won’t support their class and local APBA race event is way beyond me. It’s a sad day for APBA inboard racing when the local club has to invite boats all the way down from the ACHA club in Canada to support a APBA race to fill the field.
Thank god for our Canadian friends from ACHA who put on a great show for the local race fans! I’d be willing to bet this event will probably turn into a ACHA sponsored race and in two to three years will be the biggest race event in the States and second in size only to Valleyfield and you can take that to the bank. To all you local APBA Inboarders, if we have to bring in out of state boats, so be it. Have fun planting flowers in your boats because all the rest of us will be “racing” and supporting your local club!!!! Talk about that local club, they were great. The Stuart committee made all our crews feel right at home. Everyone got treated to a week of fun in the sun (Temp 80 degrees) and parties every night with a boat race thrown in for good measure. . I swear my “Steeler” bunch drank over 150 gallons of beer during the week.
As far as the GP races went, everyone got to test and work the bugs out of their boats. Brandon and George really surprised all of the GP crews with their completely redesigned GP boat. With their new sponsons and their new gearbox added ( They were running direct drive) It was a rocket ship that turns as good as the “Steeler” believe me, this boat will wins some races this summer. Marty had the right sponson delaminate so he was sidelined for the final. Ken Brodie had some engine problems and he too sat out the final. Bert in his “Steeler” won the final and also was awarded the “Best Performance” of the weekend. Brandon finished a close second with Joe Sovie finishing third. The rest of our GP boy’s better start working on their boats back home cause this GP bunch in Stuart is ready to get it on in Long Sault!
You don’t want to miss my next newsletter. I’ll be showing my annual owners and drivers survey on who’s going to win our 2013 GP ACHA high point championship. Tell then, take care, and see you in Long Sault.
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