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Photos from the 1964 Gold
That's me in
George Griley's "Bubblecat".
I borrowed the
engines from Phil Young.
They were Merc
700's and were completely frozen just a couple of days before the race.
I got one to turn
by pouring oil into it. The other was so frozen I
pulled it apart and rebuilt it.
I was working
part time for Dade Marine
and they had a crankshaft.
I worked all
night rebuilding the engine
with what ever parts I could dig up.
testing I ran the race and the engines never even coughed!
The boat could
only go about 70 MPH at the most. Ran wide open the complete race
almost the same as the top speed.
Came in about 6th
or 7th overall out of around 200 boats.
Not bad for a 22 year
old college kid with absolutely no money and a borrowed boat and
Home video shot at the 1964 Gold Coast Marathon
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