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2008 Seafair Airshow

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under Airshows, Lake Washington

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the airshow at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2008 Seafair – Final Heat – U-13

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video

U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit – Final Heat at Seafair.  J. Michael Kelly had to retire the U-13 due to a faulty lid latch…

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VIDEO: 2008 Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair: UL-11 Final Heat

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Michael Flaherty narrowly avoids disaster in the final at Seafair when (at 5:48) another boat turned directly in front of him, forcing Mike into the air as he runs over that roostertail, straight into another one to his right – scary stuff…

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VIDEO: 2008 Seafair – Heat 2B – U-13 Multiple View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video

U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit in Heat 2B at Seafair from multiple angles.

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VIDEO: 2008 Seafair – U13 Saturday Test – Driver View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Saturday morning test session of the U-13 Graham Trucking showing the stresses on J. Michael Kelly.

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VIDEO: 2008 Seafair – U13 Friday Test – Cockpit View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.01, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video

Friday morning test session from the cockpit of the U-13 Graham Trucking showing prop shaft breaking near end of video.

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2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Thunder Cup

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.27, 2008, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Thunder Cup in Kennewick, WA July 25-27, 2008

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2008 ABRA Lamb Weston Columbia Cup

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.27, 2008, under Boat Racing, Columbia Cup Course, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Once again the U-13 did its best to make the number unlucky, breaking another propellor in the consolation heat and damaging the back end of the boat. This time was not as devastating as Evansville, due to the fact that it had been rebuilt in Detroit and was practically new from the engine bay back. (continue reading…)

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2008 APBA Gold Cup – Detroit

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.17, 2008, under Boat Racing, Detroit River, Unlimited Hydroplanes

The 2008 APBA Gold Cup was called no contest due to high winds that forced an end to competition on Sunday afternoon. All images are from heat races and testing sessions.The 2008 APBA Gold Cup was called no contest due to high winds that forced an end to competition on Sunday afternoon. All images are from heat races and testing sessions.

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2008 APBA Gold Cup – Offshore Boats in Detroit

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.13, 2008, under Boat Racing, Detroit River, Offshore

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VIDEO: 2008 APBA Gold Cup: U-13 Heat 3B

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.13, 2008, under ChaseCam, Detroit River, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


This heat was called due to the flip of the U-7 Formula Boats before the first turn of the opening lap. Note that JMK dodges debris from the crash as he approaches the first turn.

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VIDEO: 2008 Gold Cup: U-13 Heat 1A – Cockpit View

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.13, 2008, under ChaseCam, Detroit River, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


The “Spirit of Detroit” in the 2008 Detroit Gold Cup Heat 1A.

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VIDEO: 2008 APBA Gold Cup: U-13 Heat 1A – Split Screen View

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.13, 2008, under ChaseCam, Detroit River, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


J. Michael Kelly took the U-13 to a third place finish behind the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto and the winning U-37 Beacon Plumbing.

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VIDEO: 2008 Gold Cup: U-13 Saturday 2nd Test

by Walt Ottenad on Jul.12, 2008, under ChaseCam, Detroit River, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Second test on Saturday at the 2008 APBA Gold Cup in Detroit.

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2008 ABRA Thunder on the Ohio – Evansville, IN

by Walt Ottenad on Jun.28, 2008, under Boat Racing, Evansville, Unlimited Hydroplanes

http://www.nwspeedshots.com/adi/2008/hydros/unlimited/evansville/index.htmlWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the opening event on the 2008 ABRA calendar in Evansville, IN.

This was my first race in Evansville, and as a member of the U-13 Spirit of Detroit crew, I was looking forward to a great weekend. After hundreds of hours of work in the off-season, the boat was looking as good or better than it ever had and we had great expectations. All that was not to be…

Qualifying started on Friday JMK clocked a 144.837mph lap, then upped it to 149 later on. Friday night was spectacular for the weather we had – lightning, thunder, tornado sirens and MASSIVE amounts of rain (AMAZING…)

On Saturday, bad luck struck in Heat 1B which the U-13 missed due to the hatch not being able to be latched. The Spirit of Detroit ran well to a second place finish in Heat 2B behind Jeff Bernard in the U-5, but when JMK came back to the dock, he couldn’t shut the engine down due to an obstruction in the engine bay. As he was pointed straight at the dock, he realized he couldn’t shut down and steered to his left to avoid the dock and the divers, running into (and onto) the concrete stairs that lead from the pits down to the Ohio. As spectacular as it looked, it only resulted in minor damage to the right sponson…

After Mike Johnson got the sponson back in shape, Heat 3A looked like another chance to make things right for the weekend, but again we ran into problems when JMK couldn’t get the U-13 to plane without ingesting enough water to put the fire out! With one minute to go, we weren’t on plane and so had to pull to the infield and shut down…

Even after all the bad luck and misfortune, we made it into the final heat as the trailer boat. The boat was looking good and running well (though not making up too much ground due to the condition of the course), when we all heard a “boom” and saw the U-13 go dead on the backstraight. Damn.

When JMK brought it back to the dock, we could see that the prop threw a blade, resulting in massive damage to the transom (1/4′ thick aircraft aluminum split from side to side) and tons of damage inside all the hatches all the way up to the engine bay. After pulling the engine and gearbox and getting it on the trailer, the decision was made to take it to Detroit for repairs in time for the Gold Cup, missing the Madison Regatta altogether. Hopefully we’ll have much better luck in the hometown race than we had on the Ohio…

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2008 Thunder on the Ohio Airshow

by Walt Ottenad on Jun.28, 2008, under Airshows

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the “Thunder on the Ohio” Airshow in Evansville, IN - June 26-28, 2008

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VIDEO: 2008 Thunder on the Ohio: U-13 Qualifying

by Walt Ottenad on Jun.26, 2008, under ChaseCam, Evansville, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


J. Michael Kelly took the U-13 on a qualifying run on the Ohio River and when he returned to the dock, the throttle control for the turbine engine would not shut off, forcing him into a choice of running into the dock and swimmers in the water, or running into the sea wall – he chose the wall…

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2008 APBA Tastin’ N Racin’

by Walt Ottenad on Jun.08, 2008, under APBA Inboard, Boat Racing, HARM, Lake Sammamish, PWC, Unlimited Hydroplanes, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes, Vintage Unlimited Hydros

Walt Ottenad’s images of Saturday’s action at Tastin’ N Racin’.  This was the first time Unlimiteds (U-37 & U-17) ever ran on Lake Sammamish, and combined with Vintage Unlimiteds, ULHRA, APBA and PWC racing, it was a pretty cool event, just sucked that it rained all day…

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2008 Indianapolis 500

by Walt Ottenad on May.28, 2008, under Auto Racing, Historic Indy Cars, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Lights, IndyCar, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Vintage Racing

Walt Ottenad’s galleries of the 2008 Indy 500, Vintage Indy Cars, USAC Midgets and Modifieds, and related images. There are 17 different galleries in this collection.

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2008 ULHRA Desert Thunder II

by Walt Ottenad on May.20, 2008, under Boat Racing, Howard Amon Park Hydro Course, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ULHRA Desert Thunder II in Richland, WA May 18-19, 2008.

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VIDEO: 2008 ULHRA Desert Thunder: UL-11 Heat 3A

by Walt Ottenad on May.19, 2008, under ChaseCam, Howard Amon Park Hydro Course, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


This is a very interesting clip of Michael Flaherty in the supercharged UL-11, as it shows both in-cockpit and tail cam views as well as on-board radio communication audio. Video was captured with the ChaseCam PDR100

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Northwest Speedshots 2008 Shooting Schedule

by Walt Ottenad on May.03, 2008, under Info

We’ve posted our 2008 shooting schedule online – for other assignments or special requests at the listed events, please contact us!

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2008 SOVREN Defrost Kickoff – Pacific Raceways – Kent, WA

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.21, 2008, under Auto Racing, Pacific Raceways, SOVREN, Vintage Racing

Walt Ottenad’s images from the opening SOVREN event of the season:  April 19th, 2008

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