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2009 Rocky Stone Memorial Kilo Competition: Duff Daily’s Flip

by Mark Sharley on Oct.10, 2009, under APBA Inboard, Boat Racing, Devil's Lake Kilo Course, Speed Records

Duff  Daily walked away unharmed from an amazing crash during the 2009 Rocky Stone Memorial Kilo Competition in Lincoln City, OR.Duff  Daily walked away unharmed from an amazing crash during the 2009 Rocky Stone Memorial Kilo Competition in Lincoln City, OR. View the entire gallery here.

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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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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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ULHRA: Paul Becker’s 360 degree flip at Silverdale

by Mark Sharley on Aug.10, 2008, under Boat Racing, Silverdale - Dyes Inlet, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Mark Sharley had a great vantage point for Paul Becker’s full 360 degree flip at Silverdale. Check out the AMAZING composite of all the frames!

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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 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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2007 ULHRA Desert Thunder

by Walt Ottenad on May.20, 2007, under Boat Racing, Howard Amon Park Hydro Course, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2007 ULHRA Desert Thunder held on Sunday, May 20, 2007 in Richland, WAWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2007 ULHRA Desert Thunder held on Sunday, May 20, 2007 in Richland, WA

Although you can read a review of the race on ULHRA website, I will always remember this race as the last for “Jackie’s Purple Thunder”…

Joe Turner started the day really well, finishing second in his first heat of the day, but losing the engine cowling in his second heat. The UL-18 started its last race at the rear, but was running well when, at the entrance to the north turn (150 feet away from me, as I was on a course boat taking photos), the boat hit hard, shredded the right sponson into what seemed like a million pieces of fiberglass, wood and foam, hooked left, then stopped right in front of us. We saw the hatch open a few inches, then the boat immediately took on massive amounts of water and went under within seconds, with Joe inside. We manuevered over to the boat and its huge debris field, waiting for what seemed like two or three minutes for Joe to get out, but he didn’t come up until the divers retrieved him. Joe surfaced and got into the rescue boat, seemingly none the worse for wear! After a quick checkup to make sure he was OK (he mentioned to Lisa that his blood pressure was higher during his physical than it was after the crash!), Joe made his way to the pits to await the remains of the boat.

As the UL-18 came out of the water, it was obvious that the right sponson had broken off, taking the entire right side of the boat with it, almost to the transom. The nose of the capsule was gone, exposing the cockpit, and the force of the river water exiting the motor was enough to blast a four inch long chunk out of one of the header tubes! Joe joked at the awards ceremony that at least now he “won’t have the oldest boat in the fleet at the next race!”.

Unfortunately, the boat is a total loss & not worth rebuilding, but obviously way more importantly, one of the nicest guys I’ve met in this series, Joe Turner, is alive and well…

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U-21 burns at the 2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.06, 2006, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of an amazing series of the U-21 burning to the waterline at the 2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at SeafairWalt Ottenad’s gallery of an amazing series of the U-21 burning to the waterline at the 2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

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2006 Champ Car Portland Test – Day 2

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.13, 2006, under Auto Racing, Champ Car, Portland International Raceway

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2006 Champ Car Portland Test - Day 2 held on April 13, 2006 in Portland, ORWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2006 Champ Car Portland Test – Day 2 held on April 13, 2006 in Portland, OR
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