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First pictures of the new GP-777 Steeler!

No Comments 24 April 2014

 This past Friday, Hydroplane Quebec went to Brockville to see the progression of a couple boats either in construction or being repaired.

We first saw Kent Henderson’s new hull. Kent will make his debut in the Hydro350 class this year. Also, here is the GP-9 where the sponsons have been changed. The team took possession of the hull Friday night. Lastly, the new GP-777 Steeler which is almost finished. The Steeler’s team was almost complete Friday as they wanted to finish the boat as soon as possible. The boat should be taken to the paint shop by next weekend.

By JP Poulin

Huey's News


3 Comments 08 April 2014


Boy time sure flies. Up until now it seemed April and May would never get here, now everyone is thrashing to get their boats ready to head to good old “warm” South Florida. From talking to most of our owners there will be 13/14 GPs at our first race event in Stuart. With new boats, updated boats, and different drivers for some it looks like there will be a lot of restrictions for the first few heats. Thank goodness we will have testing most of the day Friday. I don’t know all the details yet but we will have a TV production crew in Stuart filming our races. As soon as I get some more info I will pass it on to everybody or post it on Facebook.

Just saw some pictures of the new rap of the GP-77 “Coppertone” and it really looks cool. It’s Saturday here in Cincinnati and we’re running the new engine for the Coppertone GP on the Dyno with the new ignition system installed. Tomorrow we will be running the Steeler motors on the Dyno also with the new Electromotive ignition system installed. So far there are 5 GP boats with this system and I’m sure as soon as everyone else has problems with the old MSD mag systems they too will be going to the new style ignition systems.

Jamie Auld is working 24/7 on Patrick’s new GP and there’s an outside chance he will make it to Stuart but there’s still a lot of work to do on it.It seems the whole fleet of GPs will have new Henderson sponsons this year and like I’ve said in my last two newsletters this year will be the most competitive in GP history.

Hope to see a lot of you in Florida next month. Until then, take care and continued safe racing.


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Brockville 2013-Heat 3A

No Comments 30 March 2014

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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's News


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.



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