Canada Bound

(No, not us.)

Those of you who have followed my blog for any length of time know that my Motor Man builds performance engines for hydroplanes (race boats) as well as cars.

One of our engine customers is scheduled to leave today for a big hydroplane race in Valleyfield, Canada.  So things have been busy at our shop this week, getting everything ready.

Here are the specs about this particular boat:  it is a Grand Prix Hydroplane with a 468 cu. in. engine with 1200 horsepower. It burns 6 gallons of alcohol per MINUTE during a race. The engine turns 8000 rpm, and the blower (supercharger) turns 9600.  Straightaway speed is around 170-190 mph.

Motor Man thought it would be fun if I actually sat in the boat. There’s a ladder to climb up on this thing. It’s about 29 feet long and 14 feet wide and tilts on the trailer for transport on the highway.

Whew, I made it up there.

I cannot imagine being enclosed in this capsule and driving those speeds. (As a side note, all hydroplane drivers are required to periodically pass a “dunk test”.  The driver (wearing a helmet) is strapped in a capsule, it’s pushed over in a swimming pool, and they are to escape.  Speaking of the unimaginable…).  I found a You-tube showing a dunk test. It’s a bit lengthy, so you may want to just fast forward to the interesting scary part.)

It was all fun and games until they closed (and latched) the lid on the capsule. I agreed to that happening with strict orders that they only leave it closed for ONE SECOND.

So good luck and safe travels this weekend to our customer, Jim, and his driver, Tony.

~These Days Of Mine~







9 responses to “Canada Bound

  1. I’ve seen some of those races on TV and they are rather frightening but I suppose exciting especially if you’re there watching in person. Not for me though – I’m not into speed….that’s my AGE showing!


  2. I used to go to these races on the Detroit river. talk about adrenaline !

  3. WOW! That is an amazing machine and YOU ARE SO BRAVE! I don’t think I could have let them close the top. Very cool.

  4. I can imagine how you made them promise to shut it for only one second! What an amazing machine. Good luck to Jim and Tony!!!!

  5. Fascinating!!

  6. Oh my!! Two thoughts came to my mind while reading this post & looking at your photos. First, from the title I thought YOU and MM were going to Canada, so I immediately started thinking of ways for you to stop by our area on your way. Then I realized that wasn’t the case. THEN I saw you in that capsule….OH MY! My claustrophobia kicked in for you!!!

  7. great post ! you mean you didn’t opt for the dunk test ?? ; ) best of luck this weekend to Jim and Tony !

  8. Oh My Goodness!! I didn’t think I was claustrophobic until I watched the dunk test and saw you closed in that capsule! WHEW!!! They are brave fellows who race those boats – and at such speeds. GREAT pics of you – What a THRILL!!!

  9. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    You never stop amazing me my friend! You are much braver than I. Motor Man never stops amazing me either. Best to Jim & Tony.

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