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U-7 FormulaBoats.com flips at Tri-Cities

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.26, 2009, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

The U-7 Formula Boats  flips at 2009 ABRA Columbia Cup on July 26, 2009 in Kennewick, WA.The U-7 Formula Boats  flips at 2009 ABRA Columbia Cup on July 26, 2009 in Kennewick, WA.

I was watching Heat 2A unfold Sunday morning with Steve David and the Oberto taking off into the lead when on lap two I saw Mike start to lift off and swung my lens towards him all the while yelling “Oh Sh*t!” Thankfully, Mike was out within 20 seconds or so and he was all right, but the boat was tweaked, losing the tails, rear wing and canard, and tearing up the cowling a bit. As I write this, the Formula team is working on getting the boat ready for Seafair – I’m sure Mike and the U-7 Graham Trucking boat will be there…

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2009 ABRA Columbia Cup in Tri Cities

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.26, 2009, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes, Vintage Unlimited Hydros

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2008 ABRA Columbia Cup held July 24-26, 2009 in Kennewick, WAWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ABRA Columbia Cup held July 24-26, 2009 in Kennewick, WA

Scott “Pyro” Raney invited me to join the U-37 Schumacher Racing crew for the swing through Washington, doing the onboard video.  Had a great time, but was really bummed when J. Michael Kelly flipped the U-7 right in front of me, fortunatelycoming out of it unscathed.

The high resolution version of this gallery can be viewed with Cooliris here and the rest of the weekend’s images can be viewed here

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VIDEO: 2009 Columbia Cup: U-37 in Heat 3B

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.26, 2009, under Columbia Cup Course, GoPro, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in Heat 3B at the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.

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VIDEO: 2009 Columbia Cup: U-37 – Final Heat

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.26, 2009, under Columbia Cup Course, GoPro, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in the Final Heat at the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.

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VIDEO: 2009 Columbia Cup: U-37 in Heat 1B

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.25, 2009, under Columbia Cup Course, GoPro, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Onboard video from the U-37 Schumacher Racing Unlimited hydroplane in Heat 1B at the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup.

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2009 NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.20, 2009, under Auto Racing, Pacific Raceways

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of Sunday action at the 2009 NHRA NW Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

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2009 Indy 500

by Walt Ottenad on May.26, 2009, under Auto Racing, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar

Twelve galleries by Walt Ottenad covering the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

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Historic Indy Cars at the 2009 Indianapolis 500

by Walt Ottenad on May.24, 2009, under Auto Racing, Historic Indy Cars, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Vintage Racing

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the Historic Indy Cars at the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

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2009 USAC Hoosier 100

by Walt Ottenad on May.24, 2009, under Auto Racing, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Sprint Cars

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2009 “Hoosier 100″ at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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Tony Kanaan’s crash at the 2009 Indianapolis 500

by Walt Ottenad on May.24, 2009, under Auto Racing, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar

Walt Ottenad’s series of Tony Kanaan’s crash on lap 99 of the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

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Ilmor 265 dyno run at VDS engines

by Walt Ottenad on May.24, 2009, under Auto Racing, IndyCar, Vintage Racing

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the first dyno run of Robert Joki's rebuilt Chevy/Ilmor 265B for the Penske PC-21 restoration project.Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the first dyno run of Robert Joki’s rebuilt Chevy/Ilmor 265B for the Penske PC-21 restoration project.

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2009 USAC “Night Before the 500″

by Walt Ottenad on May.23, 2009, under Auto Racing, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the “Night Before the 500″ at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

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2009 Indy Lights “Freedom 100″

by Walt Ottenad on May.22, 2009, under Auto Racing, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Lights

http://www.nwspeedshots.com/adi/2009/indycar/indy_500/indy_lights/Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the Indy Lights Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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2009 SOVREN Defrost Kickoff at Pacific Raceways

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.19, 2009, under Auto Racing, Pacific Raceways, SOVREN, Vintage Racing

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the SOVREN Defrost Kickoff at Pacific Raceways.

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2009 APBA at Lake Lawrence

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.06, 2009, under APBA Inboard, APBA Outboard, Boat Racing, Lake Lawrence

Walt Ottenad's gallery of Saturday action at Lake Lawrence.Walt Ottenad’s gallery of Saturday action at Lake Lawrence.

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VIDEO: J. Michael Kelly at Lake Lawrence

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.06, 2009, under APBA Racing Onboard, GoPro, Video

Helmet video from J. Michael Kelly’s new A Stock Hydro at Lake Lawrence.

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VIDEO: Kyle Lewis in the Revolution at Lake Lawrence

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.06, 2009, under APBA Racing Onboard, GoPro, Video

Helmet video from Kyle Lewis in the Revolution at Lake Lawrence.

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VIDEO: Troy Holmburg’s flip at Lake Lawrence

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.06, 2009, under APBA Racing Onboard, GoPro, Lake Lawrence, Video

Some pretty amazing footage shot from the deck of Troy Holmburg’s hydro at Lake Lawrence.

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VIDEO: J. Michael Kelly at the UIM GP World Championships – Heat 1

by Walt Ottenad on Feb.07, 2009, under GoPro, Lake Kairapiro, UIM Grand Prix Boats, UIM Racing Onboard, Video


J. Michael Kelly drove “The Boss” to a 2nd place finish in Heat 1 of the UIM GP World Championships on Lake Kairapiro, New Zealand on Feb. 7, 2009. What makes this video a little unusual is that The Boss has a clear canopy, allowing  a full forward view from inside the cockpit, providing a breathtaking view of the violent ride JMK’s subjected to.

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2008 ABRA San Diego Bayfair Unlimiteds

by Walt Ottenad on Sep.21, 2008, under Boat Racing, Mission Bay, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Ken Muscatel gets air in San DiegoWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ABRA San Diego Bayfair Unlimited Hydroplanes.

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Wallpapers now available at NW Speedshots

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.21, 2008, under Airshows, Auto Racing, Boat Racing, Info

Downloadable wallpapers are available at NW Speedshots in 1600×1200, 1024×768 and 800×600 sizes.  Hopefully there will be more to come as time permits…

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2008 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair – Unlimiteds

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Otttenad's gallery of the 2008 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: A very LONG weekend...Walt Otttenad’s gallery of the 2008 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: A very LONG weekend…

As a member of the U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit crew, we had high hopes coming into Seattle after a disastrous Tri-Cities outing where we broke another prop and hurt the back of the boat again (though not as bad as Evansville). (continue reading…)

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2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup in Seattle, WA.

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