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Champ2 race boat

Getting ready at the 'starting line up'

The skies are starting to look a little bit threatening

Almost ready at the starting 'gate'

And they are off!!

Around the buoys they go at 120 mph....

Now, this is funny. All racing has to stop for the ferry...

Something about the 4 supercharged V-12 Packard Engines with 8000 HP got...

Here they are - and I still don't get it...

She is a beauty though.

A modern day Champ1 race boat.


Ken spent this morning playing golf and when he returned we headed out to Algonac to take in an event called "Smoke on the Water". This would be something new for us - Champ Boat Racing. There are several classes of boats and we were looking forward to spending a leisurely afternoon learning as much as we could about this 'sport'.

Well, don't you know that Mother Nature had other plans for us. We were able to watch a couple of practice runs with the Champ2 race boats these boats are approximately 16 feet in length and they are powered by a highly-regulated, 120-cubic-inch, Mercury Racing engine fitted with carburetors rather than fuel injection. The Champ2 boats reach top speeds of 110 to 120 m.p.h.

After watching these practice runs the skies literally opened up. The rain came down and the thunder and lightning rolled in. We took advantage of a brief break between storm and ran to the car and headed on home. It rained for the remainder of the evening. So rather than watching boat races we had a leisurely evening at home watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics which we had Tivo'd ( we hope you all had an opportunity to watch them - they were absolutely AWESOME!! )

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