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Canada wins gold- Dale JR wins Daytona- Ghislain wins GP poll

No Comments 14 March 2014

What a month it was.  Both of Canada’s hockey teams won gold at the Olympics, Dale Jr. won his 2nd Daytona 500, and Ghislain Marcoux won the 2014 GP driver’s championship poll. Below is a breakdown on who voted for whom in our annual poll. Just about everyone who voted for Ghislain said he’s got to get his mechanical problems under control. We all know he’s probably the fastest GP boat in the series and came within a straightaway of winning the Valleyfield GP final last year. What about Brandon’s second place finish in the poll?  Scott Kropfelds got the boat down at his race shop in Florida completely going through every little nut and bolt plus redoing the deck attachment and changing the strut angle to get a little more speed and better handling down the straights. Scott tells me this will be Brandon’s year. After last year’s performance he could very well be right. But don’t count Bert and his Steeler team out just yet. The new boat will be finished around the middle of April with a lot of updates and should be very competitive right out of the box. Mike Endres has the new ignition system ready to bolt in and Huey’s got two new motors ready to go on the Dyno in two weeks. Back to the poll, several people wanted to vote for Patrick Haworth but knew his new GP boat wouldn’t be finished for the start of the 2014 ACHA season in Stuart, Florida the weekend of May 18th.

Here are the results of the poll:

Mike Grendell, owner        1- GP-25      2- GP-777    3- GP-101
George Kennedy, owner        GP-88          GP-93          GP-777
Joe Sovie, driver                       GP-25          GP-101        GP-93
Francois Lepage, fan               GP-777        GP-444        GP-101
Joe Marley, crew                      GP-77          GP-101        GP-25
Mike Weber, driver                 GP-101        GP-777        GP-88
Tom Pakradooni, owner       GP-57          GP-12          GP-777
Joel Himbeault, fan                 GP-101        GP-777        GP-444
Bert Henderson, driver         GP-101        GP-93          GP-25
Marty Wolfe, driver               GP-444        GP-101        GP-25
Paul Davidson, fan                  GP-777        GP-101        GP-57
J.P. Poulin, camera                GP-101        GP-444        GP-57
Ken Brodie, owner                  GP-777        GP-444        GP-25
Louis Allard, fan                      GP-25          GP-88          GP-777
Sam Stechishen, crew           GP-101        GP-88          GP-25
Mathieu Daoust, driver        GP-25          GP-101        GP-777
Eric Langevin, driver            GP-101        GP-25          GP-777
Jeff Richards, crew                GP-25          GP-101        GP-93
Brandon Kennedy, driver   GP-444        GP-88          GP-101
Huey Newport, owner          GP-25          GP-101        GP-50
Scott Kropfeld, crew             GP-101        GP-777        GP-50
Martin Rochon, driver         GP-777        GP-25          GP-444
Mike Geblein, crew                GP-101        GP-57          GP-25
Marc Perrier, fan                    GP-777        GP-101        GP-25
Mike Monahan, driver         GP-25          GP-444        GP777
Mike Endres, crew                 GP-88          GP-101        GP-25
J.F. Rheaume, crew               GP-777        GP-101        GP-25
Dave Birion, crew                   GP-25          GP-777        GP-101
Marc Theoret, driver            GP-101        GP-25          GP-777
Ghislain Marcoux, driver    GP444         GP-777        GP-25
Pierre Boutin, crew               GP-25          GP-57          GP-777
Patrick Haworth, driver      GP-25          GP-93          GP-50

Positions determined by calculation as follows:
1st place =3pts, 2nd place =2pts, 3rd place =1pt.

1er = Ghislain Marcoux –      GP-101 – total 51pts.
2eme = Brandon Kennedy – GP-25 –   total 46pts.
3eme = Bert Henderson –     GP-777 – total 41pts.

 

Huey

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WILL 2014 BE GP’s BEST YEAR EVER?

No Comments 04 February 2014

Well check out all these facts. Bert and Patrick are with brand new boats. They say there won’t be any changes, but???? does anybody remember Jamie building two boats just alike? What about Bert and the Steeler bunch? Now bring in Brodie, Rochon, Dauost – all getting new sponsons on their boats. Does anybody think Ghishlain Marcoux is sitting on his butt while all these new boats and add ons are happening??  Now all that being said, how about Brandon’s GP boat. Where is it today?  Funny you should ask. It’s down at Todd Roesch’s race shop where Scott Kropfeld and Steve Polizzi are reworking the sponsons, repositioning the strut, and reinforcing the decks. 

Last year at this time yours truly was the only one who predicted Brandon would win some races in 2013. Not only did he win a couple but here again I predict he’ll be one of the top three in 2014.

Don’t miss my next newsletter next month where will have everyone’s top three picks as to who will win the 2014 GP Championship. I think all these facts will lead up to the 2014 race season for the GP’s, and it will be the best and most competitive in GP’s history.

Hats off to Patrick Hayworth for his 2013 GP high point championship. He and his crew were honored this past weekend at our annual awards banquet in Valleyfield. I think the fact that Pat started and finished everyone of his heats and finals (28 total) will go down in our GP history books as the only time this has been done in 75 years. Great job guys and special ‘that a boy” goes out to Serge ———  for building Pat his great reliable engines.

Not too much rumors or gossip but I do want to report some good news and bad news for our GP group. The good news is Joe Sovie and Jimmy King will be sharing driving duties on Dean Rojas GP-10 boat in 2014. Then bad news is Dean’s only going to run the west coast races and won’t be coming back East to race. But, from way down south in Alabama Milt Wiggins tells me he’ll be coming to Valleyfield this summer. Who can’t remember Cal Phipps flying around the Valleyfield course with Milt’s GP, who a lot thought was a mini-unlimited! They put on a great show and Milt commented on how well he was treated by the ACHA crew.

Well that’s about all the news and views I have today, stay tuned more coming next month.

Huey

 

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2014 Will Be The Most Competitive Year In Acha Grand Prix History, Read On.

4 Comments 05 December 2013

Yes, you read it right! Now here’s why.  First off, two new state of the art Henderson hydroplane boats for our 2013 GP champion Patrick Haworth and our GP World Record Holder Bert Henderson. Also, Ken Brodie (always a top runner) along with Marty Wolfe and Martin Rochon will be getting brand new 2014 Henderson sponsons. Throw in Tom Pakradooni finally getting his new GP Bergeron hull competitive, Brandon Kennedy (I told everyone before the 2013 season Brandon would win some races), then add Marc Theoret (always a top finisher) Mike Grendell with Mike Monahan at the wheel, and last but not least Ghislain Marcoux who in my opinion has been at times the fastest GP boat in our fleet. Take anyone of these ten boats and you’ll have a winner in 2014. Now, add in the fact that in 2014 our new rule that lets everyone use the new Electromotive ignition system which won’t make the boats any faster “BUT” will let them finish more races. Last year we had 26 MSD ignition failures and you know the old saying ” You’ve got to finish” if your going to get points towards the GP Championship. Not to forget Eric Langevin who at times proved to be the fastest Bergeron hull in the fleet; this is why I say 2014 “WILL” be the fastest year in “ALL” of GP history. Yes, I know “back in the day” Robert, Jean, Jimmy, and a few others had their big motors and yes, they did haul ass down the straightaways but todays boats are cutting seconds off going around turns thus making faster lap times in today’s GP events. Stay tuned all you race fans you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. As I said in my headline “2014 WILL BE THE MOST COMPETITIVE YEAR IN ACHA GRAND PRIX HISTORY.”

Now that that’s all said I’d like to thank Marc Lecompte and Norm Shannon for their contribution to the Grand Prix class over the years and wish them good luck in their future endeavors. Also, I would like to welcome into our small GP owners/driver’s group   Mathieu Daoust who will be running the ex-GP104 Bergeron hull in 2014. Mathieu’s been running in the H-350 class and should be a very good addition to our GP class. Claude Tremblay will join his team as crew chief and Mathieu couldn’t have picked a better crew chief and team member. It’s always healthy to add new blood to your sport. Oh! by the way Mathieu will be a new daddy soon. He and Jessica Stafford will be welcoming a new baby girl soon. Best of luck to this great couple. Look out Mathieu, now you’ve got ‘two’ new babies to worry about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well that’s about all the news and rumors I have for now. I’d like to wish all our officials, owners, drivers, and especially our race fans a very “Merry Christmas” and a Happy 2014 New Year”.

Huey

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ACHA GP Points Standing 2014

Classement final
(Final standing)
PosBoatPts
1530
2435
3400
4398
5362
6292
7277
8225
9224
10171
1179
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