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THE MADISON COURIER 43rd Annual Madison Regatta Souvenir Section Saturday, June 28, 2008

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INSIDE THIS SPECIAL SECTION Page 4-6 Festival Schedule Page 7 Regatta Pageant Page 10 Courier 10K Starters Page 13 Waterball Fight Page 14 Unlimited Hydroplanes Page 15 Unlimited Hydroplanes Page 16 Unlimited Drivers Page 17 Unlimited Drivers Page 18 Oberto/Miss Madison Page 19 Driver Steve David Page 20 Race Schedule Page 21 Regatta by the Numbers Page 22 Formula for Success Page 23 Evolution of Skid Fin Page 24 Regatta Presidents Page 25 Hall of Champions Page 26-27 RC Racing •

CHAMPS! Miss Elam Plus driver Dave Villwock (center) hoists the Indiana Governor’s Cup while celebrating with teammates and Miss Madison Regatta Amanda Lee after winning the 2007 Madison Regatta. The win was Villwock’s second straight at Madison and the Elam’s third consecutive. The team has announced that it will not compete in the first three races this season at Evansville, Madison and Detroit so a new Regatta champion will be crowned in 2008. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)

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Saturday, June, 28, 2008

2008 Madison Regatta Festival Saturday, June 28 Wal-Mart Madison Regatta Little Miss & Miss Pre-Teen Pageant

Noon Madison Consolidated High School’s Opal E. Sherman Auditorium Admission: $5 Young women aren’t the only ones competing for crown and sash during this year’s Madison Regatta Festival. Girls between the ages of 6 and 12 compete for Regatta royalty in the Little Miss and Miss Pre-Teen Pageant.

Wal-Mart Madison Regatta Miss Teen Pageant

6 p.m. Madison Consolidated High School’s Opal E. Sherman Auditorium Admission: $5 Girls ages 13-17 will compete for royalty in the Miss Teen pageant.

Madison Regatta Kickoff Party presented by the Madison Moose Lodge

Throughout the day starting at 1 p.m., Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Madison Moose Lodge Admission: Free throughout the afternoon. Dance is $5 for guests, $3 for members

Start the Regatta Week Festival off right with dance and fireworks at the Madison Moose Lodge. The dance begins at 8, which features music from the Cooper Canyon Band.

Monday, June 30 Xi Beta Upsilon Miss Madison Regatta Pageant

7:30 p.m. Madison Consolidated High School’s Opal E. Sherman Auditorium Admission: $6 Eleven young women from the region will compete for the crown of Miss Madison Regatta. Contestants will be judged in the categories of evening gown, swimsuit and oral 2007 Miss presentation. Madison The winner Regatta will receive a Amanda Lee $1,000 scholarship, a crown, a trophy and gift certificates from local merchants. She will also represent (Courier file photo the community throughout by Ken Ritchie) the Regatta Festival as well as during the Indiana Governor’s Cup race program.

The Midwest Tube Mills bed race team competing in 2007.

(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)

Tuesay, July 1

Wednesday, July 2

Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation Madison Regatta Bed Race

Fillin’ Station Liquors Madison Regatta Fireman’s Waterball Fight

5:40 p.m. Main Street in front of Jefferson County Courthouse Five person teams — one person riding on the bed and four others powering these special racing beds, will engage in a dead sprint from start to the finish. This cot competition is definitely not a sleeper, as competitors race in souped-up beds in a series of intense heats. A spectator favorite, at least four teams will race up and down Main Street with some of the area’s top sprinters providing the muscle and speed. Beds will also be judged on their decoration and creative appearance.

Bedford (Ky.) Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Michael Barnes (right) competes at the 2007 Madison Regatta Waterball Fight. (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)

5:30 p.m. Vaughn Drive and Broadway Street Firefighters display their skill and stamina while battling it out in this annual soaking-wet battle royale. Teams from throughout the area will try to unseat Madison Fire Company No. 2 from its four-year reign as waterball champions. Two teams face off in a soggy tug-o’-war, using the jet spray of their fire hoses to move a large ball suspended high SEE: FESTIVAL, Page A5

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Continued from Page A4 on a cable across the opposing team’s marker to win. The overall champion gets a trophy and bragging rights for another year.

WORX 96.7 FM Madison Regatta Street Dance

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fireman’s Park on the Riverfront Cut a rug on the riverfront as Regatta-goers dance in the street to music played by local radio station WORX 96.7. Admission: Madison Regatta Wristband ($20 advance/$25 thereafter and good for all events July 2-6), or one of the nightly Madison Regatta Festival Support Buttons ($5). Children 10 and under admitted free of charge.

Thursday, July 3

WJAA 96.3 Madison Regatta Battle of the Bands

6 p.m. to 11:10 p.m. Fireman’s Park on the Riverfront Eight local musical artists are allowed a half-hour set each to excite, impress, and rock the crowd and a panel of judges while vying for a spot in Saturday’s Music on the River performances.

Warehouse 82 bass player Josh Duke performing at the 2007 Madison Regatta Battle of the Bands. (Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)

Line dancing at the 2007 Madison Regatta Street Dance Admission: Madison Regatta Wristband ($20 advance/$25 thereafter and good for all events July 2-6), or one of the nightly Madison Regatta Festival Support Buttons ($5). Children 10 and under admitted free of charge. This year’s lineup for the Madison Regatta Battle of the Bands includes: 6:00-6:30 p.m. — Daz Spookies 6:40-7:10 p.m. — A Kid Named Silence 7:20-7:50 p.m. — Identity Crisis 8:00-8:30 p.m. — Taste My Sin 8:40-9:10 p.m. — Mellow Fellow Factory 9:20-9:50 p.m. — Rockbox 10:00-10:30 p.m. — 7ven Story Drop 10:40-11:10 p.m. — Scaphated

(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)

Friday, July 4 Madison Regatta Parade

6 p.m. Main Street Decorative floats, hydroplanes, marching bands and other entries will parade down Main Street in a culmination of the city’s support and celebration of the annual Regatta. Oh Boy! Oberty/Miss Madison hydroplane driver Steve David— the SEE: FESTIVAL, Page A6


(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie) The 2007 Little Miss Regatta, Miss Pre-Teen and the Miss Madison Regatta and her court occupy one of the main floats at the 2007 Regatta Parade.

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National Champion driver in both 2005 and 2006 — will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Featured in this year’s parade will be the unveiling of the city’s 2009 bicentennial float, which will then appear at other events and festivals around the state.

WIKI 95.3, WJCP 1460AM, & Eagle 99.3 Madison Regatta Music on the River 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. The lineup includes:

7:30 p.m. — Young Country 9:30 p.m. — Whiskey Kiss Admission: Madison Regatta Wristband ($20 advance/$25 thereafter and good for all events July 2-6), or one of the nightly Madison Regatta Festival Support Buttons ($5). Children 10 and under admitted free of charge. Live country music by two of the area’s top bands.

Saturday, July 5 The Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Walk and Run

8 a.m. —Walk 8:30 a.m. — Run From Madison Consolidated High School to Lytle Park In it’s 30th year, The Madison Courier 10K run and walk — an official Madison Regatta event — annually draws more than 200 runners and more than 150 walkers to a scenic road course that takes participants from Madison’s hilltop to downtown. The 6.2-mile course begins at Madison Consolidated High School on the hilltop, through the Madison State Hospital grounds, down Hanging Rock Hill and east up Third Street to the finish line at Lytle Park. Last year’s winner was Neal Masterson of Jeffersonville with a time of of 33:25.50. Top female in 2008 was Leah Peelman, Cincinnati, with a time of 37:14.00. The longtime co-directors of the event, Dr. Richard “Dick” Naylor and Lou Knoble, will serve as the official starters for the 2008 walk and run. Previous race starters have ranged from U.S. Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson to ESPN’s Lee Corso. Entry forms are available at The Madison Courier, located at 310 West Street in downtown Madison, online at, or at the starting area at Madison Conslidated High’s Salm Gymnasium beginning at 6:30 a.m. on race day. The entry fee for the run is $15 before June 30, and $20 thereafter. For the walk, it is $9 through June 30 and $12 thereafter. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a packet. Top three finishers in each of the 15 male and 15 female age divisions in the run will receive special stoneware awards created especially for the event.

American Legion Post No. 9 Madison Regatta Fireworks Spectacular

Approximately 10 p.m. Riverfront Madison lights up the sky over the Ohio River with a firework program conducted by the “first family of fireworks,” the famous Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. This loud, colorful patriotic program will celebrate the Regatta and Independence Day with a half-hour of spectacular pyrotechnics. Zambelli produces more than 3,500 shows annually with nearly half that total on the Fourth of July when the company detonates more than 1 million shells nationwide. Zambelli company’s CEO, George Zambelli Jr. selects one Independence Day fireworks show to attend each year and this year Zambelli will be in Madison.

Zambelli’s Recipe for Flawless Fireworks Pictures

Taking spectacular fireworks photos can be a challenge. But Zambelli Fireworks Internationale has met that challenge — and many others — as they have risen to the top of their industry. Experience has shown them that skill — and a bit of knowledge — makes all the difference when it comes to shooting flawless fireworks photos. This is evident in the breathtaking images that can be found in their new book, “Zambelli, The First Family of Fireworks” (Call 800-860-0955). Here are a few fireworks photo tips from Zambelli’s patriarch, George R. Zambelli that any photo enthusiast can use:

• USE A TIMED EXPOSURE SETTINGS — 4-seconds to 8-seconds work best with an

aperture of f/8 or f/11 • FOCUS — set your manual focus to infinity • FLASH — shut it off • SHUTTER — press the shutter release with the launch of the rocket, to avoid blurr, use a remote control • ZOOM — don’t use it, instead, use a wideangle setting. • USE A TRIPOD — hand-holding a camera while shooting at slower than 1/30th of a second can blurr the image • LOCATION — better off shooting from a bit of a distance, to get “side view” rather shooting up. • ISO — a lower ISO will help • FILM — use a slow-speed film (Info from Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, www.

LEAH PEELMAN (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)

WORX 96.7 FM and WXGO 1270 AM Music on the River 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. The lineup includes:

1 p.m. — Audible Point 2:30 p.m. — Assorted Flavors 5:30 p.m. — Battle of the Bands winner from Thurday night 7 p.m. — Jimmy Davis Band The Regatta fireworks program is scheduled for 10 p.m. with Same Soul performing afterwards Admission: The Event is free after 6 p.m. Otherwise: Madison Regatta Wristband ($20 advance/$25 thereafter and good for all events). Children 10 and under admitted free of charge. Live music of various genres showcasing some of the top bands in the area.

(Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)

Stunt Pilot Cliff Robinson perfroming at the Regatta.

Grote Industries Madison Regatta Air Shows

Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 At various times Riverfront Local stunt pilot Cliff Robinson rolls, loops, does Cuban eights, hammer heads, snap rolls, and takes a flight under the Madison-Milton bridge in a spectacular display of aerial finesse.

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Eleven seeking Miss Madison Regatta Crown


By BEAU RAND Courier Staff Writer

leven young women from Jefferson and surrounding counties will seek the crown of 2008 Miss Madison Regatta. Ranging from ages from 18 to 22, the women hope to represent the community during the annual Regatta Festival and Indiana Governor’s Cup, as well as in the year to come. The pageant will be contested at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at Madison Consolidated High School’s Opal Sherman Auditorium when 2007 Miss Madison Regatta Amanda Lee will end her reign by crowning the new queen. To be eligible for the pageant, contestants must be female, single, and never have been maried, nor given birth to a child. They must have reached their 18th birthday by June 1, 2008, and must have graduated high school by Labor Day. Candidates must be no older than 26, and must be able to participate in all Regatta-related activites, if crowned the winner. All of the ladies must have a business, club, community, or individual sponsor them. The contestants will be judged in three categories: evening gown, swimsuit, and oral presentation. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, a crown, a trophy, a sash, and gift certificates from local merchants. Sponsored by the Xi Beta Upsilon chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, spectator admission for the contest is $6. Here are brief profiles of the 11 contestants:

2007 Miss Madison Regatta Amanda Lee

Margaux Auxier

Samantha Boaz

Misha Davied

Annamarie Elmer

Elizabeth Franklin

Tara Johnson

Christi Law

Sydney Pike

Trena Prall

Fushia Skinner

Justine Solis

MARGAUX RENÉ AUXIER, 19, of Madison, the daughter of Rebecca Aldridge and Barry Auxier of Madison. A 2007 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School, she is studying psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Auxier is sponsored by her family SAMANTHA OLIVIA BOAZ, 20, of Warsaw, Ky., the daughter of Dennis and Kelli Boaz of Warsaw, Ky. A 2006 graduate of Gallatin County High School, she is studying nursing at Thomas More College. Boaz is sponsored by Bullock Oil Co. and Madison Apothecary.

MISHA NICOLE DAVIED, 19, of Bedford, Ky., the daughter of April and Don Garrison of Bedford, Ky. A 2007 graduate of Trimble County High School, she is a pre-med student at the University of Louisville majoring in biology. Davied is sponsored by Shear Image.

ANNAMARIE LYNN ELMER, 22, of Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Janet and Ken Elmer of Louisville, Ky. She is a 2004 graduate of Columbus East High School and a 2008 graduate of Hanover College with a major in psychology and a minor in theology. Elmer is sponsored by Waltz Animal Clinic.

ELIZABETH HAYLEY FRANKLIN, 18, of Carrollton, Ky., the daughter of Ben

and Crystal Franklin of Carrollton, Ky. She is a 2008 graduate of Carroll County High School and will attend Northern Kentucky University in the fall as a journalism major. Franklin is sponsored by Webster’s Concrete of Vevay. TARA NOELLE JOHNSON, 18, the daughter of Beatrice and Thomas Coppage. A 2008 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School, she plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College and eventually transfer to Sullivan University, majoring in interior design, education and business. Johnson is sponsored by “A” Modeling Agency. CHRISTI NOEL LAW, 21, of Hanover, the daughter of Lisa and Darrell Lock of Hanover and Donnie Law of

Milton, Ky. She is a 2005 graduate of Southwestern Middle/High School and is a student at Franklin College majoring in Spanish and political science. Law is sponsored by Darrell’s Lawn Care. SYDNEY LEE PIKE, 19, of Bennington, the daughter of Billy and Tanya Pike of Bennington. She is a 2007 graduate of Switzerland County High School and attends Northern Kentucky University as a business management major. Pike is sponsored by Rotary Lift. TRENA RANEIGH PRALL, 21, of Henryville, the daughter of Gilbert and Trena Prall of Henryville. She is a 2005 graduate of Henryville Junior/Senior High School and attends Hanover

College as a music major with a sociology minor. Prall is sponsored by G.A.P. Fabrication Inc.

FUSHIA DOMINIQUE SKINNER, 18, the daughter of Bernice Frost and Dominic Skinner. A 2008 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School, Skinner plans to attend the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design, majoring in visual communications and photography. Skinner is sponsored by John Callicotte.

JUSTINE MARANN SOLIS, 18, of Madison, the daughter of Mark and Sheila Soper. She is a 2008 Graduate of Southwestern High School and plans on attending the University of Indianapolis to major in nursing. Solis’ sponsor was not available.


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30 Years Running

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Saturday, June, 28, 2008

Knoble, Naylor have been driving force behind Courier 10K



Courier Sports Editor

hen Dick Naylor and Lou Knoble were invited to sit in on a little meeting to discuss the possibility of staging a road race for runners in 1978 as part of the Madison Regatta Week festivities, neither was sure the project had the legs to get out of the blocks, much less keep on running for the next 30 years. Knoble, then a busy teacher and high school cross country coach at Madison along with trying to make his mark as an artist, laughs now that his first reaction was: “Oh my God, Here comes more work.” Naylor, then a trainer and coach of several sports at Hanover College, thought the event seemed like an interesting way to keep his cross country runners involved in the offseason and make connections in the running community that might bring more quality student athletes to Hanover. The one thing both learned quickly is that the person who called that meeting, the late Madison Courier publisher Don Wallis Sr., wasn’t the sort of guy who took “no” for an answer. Wallis quickly shot down all excuses and sliced through all red tape. “There were no hurdles too big for Don Wallis,” Knoble recalled recently. “Don Wallis was the kind of guy who would call God if he could get a hold of him. He went straight to the top.” Wallis, a former Madison Regatta president, wanted an athletic event during Regatta Week that focused on more than just boats — an event that drew a lot of people to Madison and would bring them and their families back year-after-year. While most of the other members of that original meeting — mainly other area cross country coaches — have gone on to other things, Knoble and Naylor remain as the building blocks — in fact the foundation — of what has now become one of the most successful events of Regatta Week and one of the most acclaimed road races for runners in the region. “We are so lucky to have these two men with such great experience lead our race all these years,” current Madison Courier publisher Jane Jacobs, said while naming the two as the official starters for this year’s 30th annual 10K. “These two gentlemen have been involved in the Courier 10K from the start. They were at the original organizational meeting and they have run with it ever since. They are both dedicated to having a top-notch and safe event and they have brought other volunteers in that have the

Madison Courier 10K Race co-directors Dr. Dick Naylor (left) and Lou Knoble. knowledge and dedication to make that happen.” Naylor and Knoble said it’s a joint operation and that without first Wallis’ and later Jacobs’ support and dedication — as well as the other organizers who have been brought on board in recent years — the event would have limped to a quick finish long ago. “The relationship that Lou and Jane and I have had over these 30 years has been very special,” Naylor said. “We’ve had a lot of fun and when you’re having fun, time goes really fast. I can’t believe it’s been 30 years.” While Knoble, Naylor and Jacobs have pretty much been the driving force behind the Courier 10K for much of its 30 years, both men said the addition of current Hanover College cross country coach Josh Payne and current Madison Parks Department director Harold “Peewee” Lakeman in recent years has been a huge boost to the process. “Josh Payne has really taken an active role and that’s been a great boost to the process,” Naylor said. “Josh is one of the best cross country coaches anywhere. He’s hosted national meets at Hanover College and will do so again in 2008 and that’s not a piece of cake. Having people like Josh involved makes it a lot easier on everybody.” Naylor said the dozens of

volunteers — from those at the registration tables, to those along the course, to those at the finish — are the real heroes of The Madison Courier 10K Run/Walk. “The volunteers we have are awesome. Lou and I tend to get all of the ink and publicity, but we couldn’t do it without the volunteers,” Naylor said. “One of the things that makes our volunteers special is that many of them have done it for years and they feel like they have ownership in the 10K. They really love the event and want to see it a success every year. They look forward to it every year.” Its taken that dedication and perseverance to keep the event running for 30 years. It’s also taken an open mind and good ear to keep both competitors and volunteers smiling. “We’ve learned so much. I think back at the start and wonder how we survived it,” Knoble said. “We had no measured course. We measured it with our automobiles. It was the craziest course. Man, when we look back on it now it was crazy! “At that time there were not a lot of road races,” Knoble said, adding that the group learned as they went. “This was a new thing for the area.” The current 6.2-mile course meanders its way from Madison Consolidated High School and through Madison State Hospital, down Hanging Rock Hill and up

Third Street to Lytle Park. It’s scenic, safe and keeps runners — and walkers — coming back year-after-year. The original course was a wild trek that looped around the former K-Mart department store parking lot, down Lanier Drive to Michigan Road, down Michigan Road to State Street, down State Street to Cragmont, down Hanging Rock Hill to Main Street and down Main Street to the finish line at Jefferson and Main. There were more than 400 runners — at the time the who’s who among distance runners in the region —that first year. A good portion of them soon realized that the course was much longer than 10,000 meters and some were none too happy. Measured later, the supposed 6.2-mile course clocked in at just under 7 miles. Having survived the first year, Naylor and Knoble went about defining a better course and making sure it was only 10,000 meters. That course was later certified and remains the route that the more than 400 runners and walkers will follow next Saturday. “We had a terrible course our first year, but now we’ve got a course that’s sanctioned,” Naylor said. “We’ve run the same course for a number of years and that has

(Staff photo by Ken Ritchie) a big impact because you can keep records and you can compare one year to the next. We’ve got a great course and it ends in a beautiful place at Lytle Park.” Knoble said the way the organizers responded to the runner’s concerns that first year has been a constant throughout the 30 years. “This is a very unique race in that we listen to the people,” Knoble said. “We want to know what people think and we want to make sure they enjoy the event and come back.” Both men said the fact that race day has come and gone 29 times without major incident is a product of luck and preparation and the more prepared the organizers are, the luckier they get. “When we go into that room to plan the race we don’t always agree,” Naylor said. “Lou and I sort of agree to once in awhile disagree, but when we come out of there we’re all together. It’s a good process that is both creative and productive.” “There are times when we almost haven’t spoken to each other,” Knoble grinned. “We get testy, but because we want it to be perfect ... If you really are upset, then see Jane Jacobs and that will take care of it. She can be a pretty good deterrent SEE: COURIER 10K, Page 12

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for things that go wrong. Jane hears us all out and then she has a way of cutting through all that.” Both Naylor and Knoble say the event is one of the highlights of their year. Naylor said organizing the 10K with all the friendly competitors and volunteers was always nice change of pace during the summer after a busy season of teaching and coaching at Hanover. Knoble said the 10K gives him a chance to renew old acquaintances at the postrace awards ceremony and to once again be wowed by the athletic achievements of both young and old. “I admire all the runners and walkers — especially when I get up to my age bracket and see those men and those women,” Knoble said. “I’m so proud of them for having accomplished that. I really love them. When I introduce those people up at the top (age divisions).” Knoble said there have been some awesome performances over the 30 years, but he singled out Cecil Franke’s course record 29:44 run as a 22-year-old in 1990 and the fact that Franke came back and won the race at age 38 in 2006 with an age-division record 30:10 clocking. “The most amazing feat was when Cecil Franke broke 30 minutes,” Knoble said. “Nobody has really come close to doing that and he still won it in the later years ... a lot of good runners have tried but they find they can’t do it. It takes a very special person.” Although from very different backgrounds — Naylor grew up on the family farm in Brookville, Ind., while Knoble “survived” the mean streets of Buffalo, N.Y. — both are now Madisonians not only by residence but by heart. Each man counts their decision to come to Madison as one of the great blessings in their life. Knoble, who grew up in the big city where kids from one block might not be known, much less welcome, on the next block, perhaps said it best. “I’m very thankful to be here. The big city, you have no idea how lucky you are ... Madison is a beautiful place to be,” Knoble said. “The community has never let me down.”

“When we go into that room to plan the race we don’t always agree. Lou and I sort of agree to once in awhile disagree, but when we come out of there we’re all together. It’s a good process that is both creative and productive.” Dick Naylor, above right “There are times when we almost haven’t spoken to each other. We get testy, but because we want it to be perfect.” Lou Knoble, above left


Naylor came to Madison when former Hanover College basketball coach John Collier — Naylor’s coach in high school — asked him to be an assistant on Collier’s first Hanover team in 1966. Collier had “recruited” Naylor when Collier took over as basketball coach at Brookville High

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School in the late 1950s. Naylor played for Collier’s team that went unbeaten in the regular season and, although he never started for Collier, the two forced a friendship that has lasted ever since. The hard-working Naylor retired from Hanover in 2005 after coaching just about every sport at the College along with serving as the college’s trainer and athletic director. Along the way he was inducted into the NAIA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame. “I don’t know where I’d be today if John Collier hadn’t called,” Naylor said. “I’d probably be back there working the family farm in Brookville.” Knoble came to Madison to teach and escape the rough and tumble urban streets of Buffalo. He served in the Air Force and graduated from State University of New York before coming to Madison to teach art where he remained until his retirement. Knoble started the Lady Cubs’ girls cross country program and later taught and served as an assistant cross country coach at Hanover while working tirelessly to promote Panthers athletics. Knoble ran track and cross country in high school, but enjoyed skating and playing pickup games of ice hockey perhaps most of all. He never lettered as an athlete — in fact he had to work after school in high school and college to help support his family — but he coveted a letter jacket so badly as a senior in high school that he served as manager to earn one. “My senior year I wanted a letter — the big thing was to have that letter and that letter jacket — so my senior year I managed the track team and won a letter and I was so proud of that,” Knoble said. “I’ve been in management ever since.” With four Hall of Fame inductions on his resume, awards and recognition has come much more easily for Naylor. Still, he counts the invitation to serve as 10K starter — especially alongside Knoble — as one of his most prestigious appointments. “Jane Jacobs and The Madison Courier allowing us to be co-starters is a real honor in that every year a very special person gets to do that,” Naylor said. “Just look at some of the people who have served as starters in the past. I’ve been in on those meetings and I know how much thought is given to who should be the starter each year. It’s a real honor to be selected.”

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Waterball Fight a fun showcase of firefighting skills By SARA DENHART


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or firefighters, the Madison Regatta Waterball Fight is more about spending time with each other than winning the game. But, it’s also nice to take home the trophy and have bragging rights for the year. “It’s fun. The funnest part is all of the guys coming together,” said BJ Combs, engineer for Washington Engine Co. 2. “It’s something we have fun and do.” For someone who has never watched a good old-fashioned game of waterball, the competition consists of one standard, 15inch steel waterball suspended on a steel cable up to three-eighths inches in width. The cable is suspended 10 feet above ground and drawn as tight as possible by a tow truck and backhoe. The playing field has to be a level and suitable surface that allows for secure footing when wet. The court is marked from the center point of the cable and the cable is painted three feet either side of a center point for a total of six feet. This area is called the “dead zone.” From the center, a distance of seven and half feet is marked with Dayglo paint. This line represents when a team may activate its backup nozzle. The 15-feet mark from the center is also painted with a 1- to 2-inch wide mark that serves as a starting line. At the 40-feet mark from the center, the back-up nozzle person is positioned. Cable clamps are secured to the cable at 45 feet from the center. This mark is the goal mark. Each waterball team consist of five members, two nozzle men, a pressure holder, a back-up nozzle man and a coach. The players use straight-bore nozzles, which are no longer used in fighting fires, to play the game. Both teams fight from east then west and switch sides during the heats. The water pressure is also measured to make sure each team has an equal amount of pressure during the game to move the waterball. Washington Engine Co. 2 has won several competitions at the Madison Regatta thanks to the skill of one experienced waterball team member, Jamie Edwards. Edwards is known for his skill in spinning the ball, which is essential in order to win.

“He’s like the king of waterball,” Combs said. Madison Fire Company No. 3 Jefferson County Emergency Management Firefighter Aaron Ellis. Director Dave Bell said getting the standard 15-inch, brightly-colored steel waterball to spin is essential in winning. By getting the ball to spin, Bell said, it is almost impossible for one’s opponent to catch up and get the ball on the other side. “They have to play catch up,” Bell said. “You also want to keep the water on the ball. The more water on the ball, the better opportunity you have to win.” Combs said experience in playing the game is also key. “Experience of the guys who have done it year after year is how you win,” Combs said. “You can just tell who has played before.” The firefighters also The fire company Combs volunteers on has a strong track must wear full turnout record for participating in waterball fights. The company is gear, similar to what feared by other companies because of its background of winning they would wear at an waterball competitions. actual fire. There’s also “We have a lot of trophies,” Combs said. “We used to have a a fee of $40 per team, and traveling team.” the money goes toward food However, firefighters have to travel long distances nowadays served to the teams during the to get to waterball competitions. The only nearby waterball Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie competition. competitions outside of the Madison Regatta are at Charlestown The Regatta’s waterball in September and in Carroll County, Ky. rules also allow for teams from outside of Jefferson County to “There’s not a lot of stuff for firefighters to do,” Combs said. participate. Firefighters from Bedford, Ky., Milton, Ky., and Years ago, the waterball competition was invented by a fire Charlestown will be participating in this year’s competition on department in Bradford, N.H. The competition was started as Vaughn Drive. fundraiser for the fire department. The wives of firefighters Despite the cost increases in diesel fuel, the waterball fight will participated in a similar game, called a bucket brigade. continue on for many years to come. After Waterball’s invention, Madison decided to host the game “Not everybody has an ability to be a firefighter,” Bell said. in Jefferson County. The Madison Regatta has held a waterball “It’s like a brotherhood. They do a thankless job.” fight for 26 years with the exception of two years, said Kim “I think it does good for morale and camaraderie in friendly Washer, Regatta Festival chairwoman. competition,” Madison Fire Department Chief Steve Horton said. Since adding the games to the Regatta festivities, the rules of “It should be a fun pleasant evening.” the contests have been changed and adapted. Teams can consist The waterball fight will begin at 5:30 p.m. on July 2 on Vaughn of men and women firefighters. The participants have to be a Drive near Crystal Beach. The event is free to attend. member of the fire company’s team and on the department roster.


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10 Drivers to Compete for 2008 Indiana Governor’s Cup

Jimmy King

U-3 COOPER MOTORSPORTS Driver: Jimmy King, Detroit, Mich. (0 wins) Owner: Ed Cooper Jr., Evansville, Ind. (4 wins) Crew Chief: Ed Cooper Jr., Evansville, Ind. (4 wins) Powerplant: V-12 Turbo-charged Allison piston Designer/Builder: U-3 Racing Team Vintage: 2002

For years, Ed Cooper was the guardian of the past, an owner that ran an engine from another time and rarely came close to victory. That all changed in 2002 when the Madison native unveiled his newest hull and immediately took the circuit by storm with his piston-packer. A near carbon-copy of the Miss Budweiser (now boats, the new U-3 was lighter and, more importantly, faster. Mitch Evans drove the boat the three wins in 2003 and the second-tier team was suddenly a contender. The U-3 has not won since that season, but driver Jimmy King — who took over for Evans in 2005 — has come close. The team finished third at Evansville and placed seventh in the national points chase after skipping the season finale. The team’s biggest problem has been consistency, a problem that has plagued piston-powered boats in the past. While the boat is incredibly fast, its wound-tight motor could blow at anytime. Cooper appeared to have the problem solved late last season and if so, the loud piston-packer could live up to its nickname as “The Turbinator.”

Jeff Bernard

U-5 FORMULABOATS.COM Driver: Jeff Bernard, Kent, Wash. (0 wins) Owner: Ted Porter, Decatur, Ind. (1 win) Crew Chief: Tom Anderson, Redmond, Wash. (0 wins) Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Designer/Builder: Miss Budweiser Racing Team Vintage: 2000

Perhaps no driver came on as quickly at the end of the season as did Jeff Bernard. Getting his first full-time ride, the 25-

year-old Bernard recovered from a flip at Evansville to come close to victory in the season finale at San Diego. Helping Bernard’s learning curve was the fact that he was driving one of the most advanced hydroplanes off all time. Built by the Miss Budweiser Racing Team in 2000 as the Turbine-6 hull, the boat won six races in its short stint as a Miss Bud including twice at Madison. Of course, racing comes natural to Bernard. A member of the Weber family, Jeff’s uncles, Mike and Mark Weber, both raced Unlimited hydroplanes and Bernard climbed into the cockpit at the age of nine. His stepfather, Terry Troxell, was also a successful hydro pilot, winning the 2005 APBA Gold Cup at Detroit. Owner Ted Porter got into the sport in 2005 when he sponsored the U-5 A year later, he purchased an arsenal of Miss Budweiser equipment from Joe Little and promptly won the ABRA National High Points Championship with Mike Allen driving the U-7 Formulaboats. com II. Last year, Bernard and the U-5 placed fourth in the points standings with 5,147 points.

Steve David

U-6 OH BOY! OBERTO Driver: Steve David, Lighthouse Point, Fla. (7 wins) Owner: City of Madison, Ind. (9 wins) Crew Chief: Mike Hanson, Madison, Ind. (3 wins) Power Plant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Designer/Builder: Dale Van Weiringen, Rick Bowles, Mike Hanson, Larr y Hanson, Miss Madison Crew Vintage: 2007

The Miss Madison Racing Team made perhaps the biggest splash in its 47-year history a year ago, thanks to a brand-new boat. While the team finished second in the National High Points chase, driver Steve David was first or second in five of the six races and claimed victory at both Seattle and San Diego to close out the season. It was the kind of performance that Miss Madison fans have been waiting a lifetime for. It marked just the second time in team history that the Miss M won two races in a season (the other in 1971) and the Oh Boy! Oberto enters the 2008 season as perhaps the series favorite. David has steered the Oberto to four wins — the most ever by a Miss Madison pilot — and has delivered nearly half of the team’s nine-career victories. He also won National Championship Driver’s titles in 2005 and 2006. With seven career victories, David is the current leader among active drivers. Miss Elam Plus pilot Dave Villwock has 55 wins — third all-time — but will sit out the first three races of the season. Ironically, David got his start as an Unlimited driver in 1988 driving for Jim McCormick. It was McCormick who won

the biggest race in Miss Madison history when he steered the U-6 to the 1971 APBA Gold Cup on its home waters in Madison.

Mike Allen

U-7 FORMULABOATS.COM II Driver: Mike Allen, New Orleans, La. (1 win) Owner: Ted Porter, Decatur, Ind. (1 win) Crew Chief: Billy Allen, Destrehan, La. (0 wins) Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Designer/Builder: Miss Budweiser Racing Team Vintage: 1998

If there was ever an example of a sophomore slump, it had to be Mike Allen and the II. A year after winning the National Championship in their first season, Allen and the U-7 came crashing down in 2007. Literally. First came a flip in the season opener at Evansville. Then, just two weeks later, came a horrific blowover at Detroit. Those two crashes but both Allen and the boat on the docks until the season finale. In the meantime, they slipped to 10th in the points standings. There is good news, however. In the last race of the season at San Diego, Both Allen and the boat appeared in fine form, finishing a solid fourth. That could be bad news for the rest of the fleet. As a rookie, Allen proved to be an adept driver, claiming victory at the shootout in Valleyfield, Quebec. And his ride, the former Miss Budweiser T-5, is one of the most formidable boats in history. The T-5 won 20 races while flying the Miss Budweiser colors from 1996 to 2004 and added a 21st win in 2006 as the II. It is still considered one of the top boats on the circuit.

David Bryant

U-10 MISS AHERN RENTALS Driver: David Bryant, Mesa, Ariz. (0 wins) Owner: Kim Gregor y, Las Vegas, Nev. (2 wins) Crew Chiefs: Matt Gregory/Adam Gregory, Las Vegas, Nev. (0 wins) Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Designer/Builder: Ron Brown/Miss Budweiser

Racing Team Vintage: 1989 (rebuilt 1995)

After a rough start to the season, rookie David Bryant and the U-10 came on strong, finishing third at Tri-Cities and second at Seattle. That finish was a justification of sorts for the U-10 team which broke a propellor at Madison, taking it out of the Gold Cup. This season figures to be a continuation of that strong finish. Bryant now has valuable experience at the Unlimited level and the U-10 team has experience with its former Miss Budweiser hull. The Miss Budweiser T-3 was built in 1989 but underwent a massive reconstruction in 1995. Over its career the hull has won 34 races — including five at Madison — and proved itself a dominating boat. With former Miss Budweiser crew chief Mark Smith on hand to help with the team, owner Kim Gregory is in good shape to add to his win total. Despite finishing near the top of the standings nearly every year, Gregory has just two victories on his resume, including the 2004 APBA Gold Cup at Detroit with Nate Brown driving. His other win came in 1998, his first year as an Unlimited owner. Last year, the U-10 team finished sixth in the standings with 3,912 points.

J. Michael Kelly

U-13 MISS GRAHAM TRUCKING Driver: J. Michael Kelly, Puyallup, Wash. (0 wins) Owner: David Bartush, Detroit, Mich. (1 win) Crew Chief: Cur t Tavenner, Auburn, Wash. ( 1 win) Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-& Turbine Designer/Builder: Jim Lucero Vintage: 1987 (rebuilt 2006)

Despite driving the oldest boat on the circuit and failing to win a single heat in 2007, J. Michael Kelly pulled off an impressive fifth-place finish nationally against one of the most competitive fleets in history. How he did that was with consistency. Thanks to the steady influence of owner David Bartush and crew chief Curt Tavenner, Kelly stayed out of trouble and, in the process, racked up three third-place finishes. The boat, built by Jim Lucero in 1987, started out life as the Miller American and also campaigned as the Miss Circus Circus, the Winston Eagle, Smokin’ Joe’s and York Heating and Cooling. The hull won three Governor’s Cups at Madison and 22 overall before Bartush purchased the boat in 2005 from U-10 owner Kim Gregory. As soon as Bartush took the boat off the trailer, it won again — this time at the APBA Gold Cup with Terry Troxell aboard. Thanks to Tavenner, the boat was completely rebuilt in 2006 and last season it hit its stride. While it still lags behind the newer hulls in technology, the team has

shown that it is capable of laying back in the bushes, waiting for any opportunity to strike for the win.

Dr. Ken Muscatel

U-25 SUPERIOR RACING Driver: Ken Muscatel, Seattle, Wash. (0 wins) Owner: Ken Muscatel, Seattle, Wash. (0 wins) Crew Chief: Jay Leckrone (0 wins) Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-7 Turbine Designer/Builder: Jim Harvey Motorsports Vintage: 1993 (rebuilt 1999)

World’s Fastest Forensic Psychologist Dr. Ken Muscatel has fielded a boat every year since 1993. Despite never tasting victory, Muscatel can always be counted on to support the sport with his presence. While he didn’t get a win, 2007 did turn out to be one of Muscatel’s better seasons. The U-25 finished fourth at Detroit (with Greg Hopp driving) and sixth at Seattle. Overall, the team placed eighth in the points standings with 3,688. Muscatel scored his best career finish at Madison in 1998 when he was second. The boat Muscatel will be driving is a familiar one – the 1993 former Miss T-Plus. Current Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver Steve David had some of his best performances in the boat, winning at Honolulu in 1993 and at Kansas City in 1995 for then owner Jim Harvey. At Honolulu, David set a world record speed of 154.025 mph for a 12.5-mile heat. Muscatel originally leased the boat from Harvey in 2006 and combined both his and Harvey’s race numbers to form the U-2.25. Last year, Muscatel purchased the boat outright.

Jean Theoret

U-37 MISS BEACON PLUMBING Driver: Jean Theoret, Maple Grove, Quebec (5 wins) Owner: Billy Schumacher, Seattle, Wash. (3 wins) Crew Chief: Scott Raney, Bothell, Wash. (6 wins) Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Designer/Builder: Ron Brown/Miss Budweiser Racing Team Vintage: 1995

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Continued from Page 15 Jean Theoret and the U-37 team failed to win a race in 2007, but don’t expect a repeat of that in 2008. One of the boats to beat on the circuit, Theoret has won five times in his short three-year career, including three wins for owner Billy Schumacher in 2006 alone. Last season, a flip at Evansville put the team behind the eight-ball early, but the Beacon still managed one second and one third-place finish and placed third in the national points chase. Theoret is the winningest driver in the now-defunct Grand Prix class and got his start in 2005 for owner Bill Wurster and the U-8 Llumar Window Film. When Wurster sold his entire operation to Schumacher in 2006, Theoret went along. Schumacher knows a thing or two about good drivers. In his relatively short career, Schumacher won 17 races — second-most at the time of his retirement — and three national championships. He drove the powerhouse Miss Bardahal to two crowns and also won a driver’s title

aboard the Weisfield’s in 1975. The Beacon is the former Miss Budweiser T-4 hull — an experimental two-wing boat that was raced only once by the team in 1994 when Chip Hanauer steered it to victory at Madison. Wurster acquired the hull in 2004 and converted it to a more conventional style of craft.

Brian Perkins

U-50 SPIRIT OF THE NAVY Driver: Brian Perkins, Black Diamond, Wash. (0 wins) Owner: Greg O’Farrell, Maple Valley, Wash. (0 wins)

Crew Chief: Jim Labrie (0 wins) Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-7 Turbine Designer/Builder: Leland Unlimited Vintage: 1993

Greg O’Farrell jumped into the Unlimited ranks last year, teaming with John Cheetham to purchase the U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving. This year, O’Farrell bought out his partner and purchased a second hull, christened the U-50 Spirit of the Navy. It is the U-50 that O’Farrell will run in all six ABRA races this season while the U-48 will compete in just the west coast events. But both of the team’s drivers will travel with the U-50, taking turns in the cockpit. Both David Williams and Brian Perkins will split time at Evansville with Perkins driving at Madison and Williams at Detroit. Williams will then take over the U-48 on the west coast. Perkins has spent the past few seasons getting his feet wet and is considered one of the sport’s upand-coming talents. After driving the U-21 All Access Rentals a year ago, Perkins was tapped by O’Farrell for this season. But O’Farrell’s biggest

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coup was landing the United States Navy as a full-time sponsor, one of the few teams that can make that claim. The U-50 itself is the former Fred Leland hull “Lucky” which has run as the PICO American Dream among others. Dave Villwock drove the boat to five of his 55 career wins. Including three during the PICO’s 1996 National Championship season. It has never raced in Madison.

Greg Hopp U-100 MIRAGEBOATS Driver: Greg Hopp. Snohomish, Wash. (0 wins) Owner: Fred Leland, Kirkland, Wash. (17 wins) Crew Chief: Ken Dryden, Des Moines, Wash. (11 wins) Powerplant: Lycoming T-55 L-7C Turbine Designer/Builder: Leland Unlimited Vintage: 1998, 2000

Fred Leland has won more races than any other current owner and Greg Hopp is the winningest driver in Unlimited Lights history, but the pair have yet to achieve victory together in the Unlimiteds. Leland, who won the 1996 National Championship, last won in 2001 with Terry Troxell driving the U-99 Znetix II. Hopp, who has won four Unlimited Lights National Championships, began driving the U-100 for Leland in 2001. The pair have come close to victory, including twice at Madison. But mechanical problems have plagued the team over the past couple of seasons, killing any chances at consistency much less success. At one time, Leland had as many as seven Unlimited hydroplanes ready to race at a moment’s notice, but he has since sold most of his fleet. Still, he has two race boats that he can bring east. Chip Hanauer drove the 1998 hull to victory at Madison in 1999 and the boat has won five races in its career. The 2000 hull is the one that Troxell won with in 2001. Last season, the team failed to finish the final heat at Madison. Its best finish was fourth at the season opener in Evansville. The team placed ninth in the national points race with 3,343 points while Hopp, who spent some time in the U-25 Superior Racing cockpit as well, was seventh with 3,879.



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Simply the Favorite

The U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison (right) and U-1 Miss Elam Plus dueling deck-to-deck at Madison last season.

(Courier file photo by David Campbell)

Oberto/Miss Madison adds another favorite to its resume

By DAVID CAMPBELL Courier Staff Writer

In the long history of the Miss Madison, it’s doubtful that the excitement level entering a season has ever been higher than this year. For the first time in the team’s 47-year history, the Miss Madison enters a campaign as not only the hometown favorite and fan favorite but as the favorite to win it all. Maybe not the undisputable favorite, but the favorite nonetheless. “Oh, I hate being the favorite,” driver Steve David said. “Let’s say there are six favorites.” The U-6 Miss Madison, running under the name and colors of the Oh Boy! Oberto Sausage Company for the eighth season, is in that unusual position thanks to both hard work and the fact that the defending champion plans to stay in drydock for half the season. The hard work came courtesy of a team that has spent countless hours over the past four seasons turning the boat into a top-tier contender. A brand-new hull last year was whipped into shape and David steered the U-6 to two wins and three second-place finishes in six races. Then came the surprising announcement that the defending national champion Miss Elam Plus was not going to race in three eastern races. Owner Erick Ellstrom is deeply involved in starting an international swing for the Unlimited hydroplanes and needs the time and money spent on the eastern races for a series of exhibition races in the Middle East and Europe this winter. The two scenarios have conspired to put the Oberto at the top of a very fast, very

crowded pack. While there are literally six boats that can post a legitimate claim as the Elam’s successor, it is the Oh Boy! Oberto that gets the first crack at the top thanks to its runner-up status to the Elam all last year and back-to-back wins to close out the 2007 campaign. “All of the other guys have got to feel like their chances just went up,” David said. “And of course, the target is on our backs now. So, it’s anybody’s guess.” Along with the Oberto, Mike Allen and the U-7 II — the 2006 National Champion — and teammate Jeff Bernard in the U-5 cannot be counted out. Jean Theoret, who was shutout in 2007 but has won a quarter of the races he has entered since 2005, is also a top contender in the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing and David Bryant in the U-10 Miss Ahern Rentals and Jimmy King in the U-3 Cooper Motorsports could easily seize the crown. In addition, J. Michael Kelly and the U-13 Miss Graham Trucking and Greg Hopp and the U-100 Mirageboats could easily win a race, although the national title may be out of the question. But all eyes are on the venerable Miss Madison, and for good reason. The new hull — the sixth to wear the Miss Madison name full-time — was cracker-jack fast in 2007 and David learned the nuances of the boat quickly. After finishing seventh in the season opener at Evansville, thanks largely to hitting a buoy in the final heat, the Oberto finished second to Dave Villwock and the Miss Elam Plus in the next three races at Madison, Detroit and

Tri-Cities. David finally caught the break he needed at Seattle when the Elam was washed down at the start of the final then at San Diego, he out-foxed the young Bernard for the win. In the off-season, crew chief Mike Hanson made some minor adjustments to the boat, all of which were designed to give it a better chance in head-to-head competition against the Elam. Now, it will just give the team a leg-up on the rest of the field. “Mike has worked on a few things, tweaking one of the sponsons for one, and all of which will hopefully add up to give us more speed,” David said. One area the team did not get a chance to tackle was building its own propeller program. The Elam team, like the Miss Budweiser group before it, spins out its own props — a decided advantage. The Miss Madison team had hoped to get its own propellor program under way over the winter, but the plan fell through. Still, David is confident the team has what it needs

to win. The team also had to scrub a test session on the Ohio River in mid-June thanks to debris in the river. And while that session certainly would have helped, it wasn’t the end of the world for a boat that ran well at it maiden race in 2007 and then got stronger all year. “We wanted to get out there and show everybody what we had, it just didn’t work out,” David said. “But we have the combinations that worked for us last year at Evansville and you can be sure that we will have the boat above water early Friday (at Evansville), ready to go in.” All of the preparation and changes were meant to accomplish one goal, and this is the year the team feels it can get it done. “The Elam has pretty much dominated as far as I’m concerned, so (it’s absence) gives is a better chance,” Miss Madison owners’ representative Bob Hughes said. “We built that new boat last year and with the changes Mike has made, hopefully this will be our year.”

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BREAKING THROUGH: After finishing second at Madison, Detroit and Tri-Cities in 2007, Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver Steve David scored his breakthrough win at Seattle (above) and then went on to win San Diego to carry a two-race win streak into 2008. (File photo)

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h Boy! Oberto driver Steve David is really on a roll. Having won the last two races of 2007, Steve has every intention of picking up right where he left off when the starting gun fires in 2008. In David’s words, “What a season! It’s amazing what a half million will do! “I say that tongue-in-cheek because we raced against teams that spent a lot more than we did, and we kicked their butts.” Seldom has a brand new Unlimited hydroplane made such a positive impression in its very first year of competition. In 2007, the community-owned craft from Madison Fred Farley finished an overall APBA/ABRA first or second at Unlimited Historian five of the six races on the American Boat Racing Association tour and placed runner-up at season’s end in National High Points. At all six races, the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison never failed to win at least one competitive heat. “The difference with our team is our people,” Steve insists. “From the team’s management, led by Bob Hughes and Charlie Grooms, to the people on the deck, headed by Mike Hanson, we’re blessed with talent. “Without a doubt, Mike Hanson is the best in the business. We have a driver/crew relationship that rivals the Hendricks 48 and 24 cars in NASCAR. Mike has taken raw talent and experienced crew members and together they’ve created a synergy and methodology that no other team can match. “Couple that with our new state-of-theart hull, new propellers, multiple gear ratios, carbon fiber parts and pieces, and we’ve got the boat to beat.” In 2007, the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto entered 24 heats, finished them all, placed first nine times, second 10 times, third twice, fourth twice, and seventh once. The first four races of the 2007 season

belonged to the Seattle-based U-16 Miss Elam Plus, driven by Dave Villwock. Victory was theirs at Evansville, Madison, Detroit and the Tri-Cities. The Elam team definitely had its act together. It fell to Oh Boy! Oberto to snap the Elam’s win streak. After having finished second to the U-16 in three straight races, the U-6 won the Chevrolet Cup at Seattle and the Bill Muncey Cup at San Diego. In both races, David made a perfect start in the winnertake-all Final Heat. The finale at San Diego was a classic. During the warm-up for the Final Heat, Oh Boy! Oberto grabbed the inside lane away from the U-5 on the backstretch prior to the start by establishing a legal overlap of seven boat lengths and forcing U-5 driver Jeff Bernard into lane two. Oberto and Formula exited the first turn together and see-sawed for the lead for three and a quarter laps, at one point actually bumping each other. In the first turn of lap four, Formula hit a roller and “hopped,” while Oberto moved to a halfroostertail-length lead. And that’s how they finished. David led at the end of laps two, four, and five; Bernard led at the end of laps one and three. Oberto posted lap speeds of 152, 149, 150, 152, and 152 for an average of 151.445 mph; Formula did laps of 153, 148, 151, 151, and 145 for an average of 149.724 mph. David increased his victory total in the Unlimited class to seven — his fourth with the Oberto team — at the Bill Muncey Cup. This was the first time that a U-6 pilot had scored back-to-back race victories since Jim McCormick in 1971. “It can only get better,” Steve exulted after the San Diego win. The Oh Boy! Oberto crew has spent the winter fine-tuning their program — instead of building a new boat from scratch as they did last winter. They have no intention of resting on their laurels. As David points out, “There are other teams stepping up their commitments and the competition will be deeper than ever in the sport’s history. We’re ready and we look forward to continuing our win streak into 2008.”

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2007 Madison Regatta & ABRA Season Recap

2008 MADISON REGATTA RACE SCHEDULE Friday, July 4 8:30-8:40 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies 8:30 a.m. — Comfort Inn Pit Tours (continue throughout the day) 9:30 a.m.-Noon — Unlimited Testing Noon-1 p.m. — River open to traffic 1-2 p.m. — Unlimited Testing 2-3 p.m. — Unlimited Time Trials Round 1 3-3:30 p.m. — Dixie Chopper Unlimited Dash for Cash 3:30-5 p.m. — Unlimited Time Trials Round 2 Saturday, July 5 9 a.m. — Comfort Inn Pit Tours (continue throughout the day) 9-9:15 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies 9:15-9:30 a.m. — Grote Industries Air Show 9:30-11 a.m. — Unlimited Testing 11 a.m.-Noon — Unlimited Time Trials Round 3 Noon-1 p.m. — River open to traffic 12:15.-12:45 p.m. — VFW Post 1969 Unlimited Driver’s Autograph Session 1-2 p.m. — Unlimited Time Trials Round 4 2-3 p.m. — Unlimited Time Trials Round 5 3-5 p.m. — Unlimited Time Trials Round 6 Sunday, July 6 9-10 a.m. — Unlimited Testing 10-10:30 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies 10:30-10:50 a.m. — Grote Industries Air Show 10:50 a.m. — Clifty Engineering & Tool Co. Unlimited Heat 1A 11:20 a.m. — Morgan Foods Unlimited Heat 1B 11:50 a.m. — Unlimited Heat 1C Noon-1 p.m. — River open for traffic 12:20-1 p.m. — VFW Post 1969 Unlimited Driver’s Autograph Session 1:15 p.m. — Gaylor Unlimited Heat 2A 1:45 p.m. — American Legion Post 9 Unlimited Heat 2B 2:15 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 2C 2:45 p.m. — Midwest Tube Mills Unlimited Heat 3A 3:15 p.m. — Unlimited Heat 3B 3:25-3:45 p.m. — Grote Industries Air Show 4 p.m. — 58th Annual Indiana Governor’s Cup Unlimited Final Heat

2007 MADISON REGATTA Ohio River, Madison, Ind. Results Sunday, July 8 Length: 2.5 miles FINAL HEAT 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 139.641 mph; 2. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 137.684; 3. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit, 132.634; 4. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 120.093; Greg Hopp, U-100, DNF; Jimmy King, U-3 Miss-Chrysler Jeep, DNF. PRELIMINARY HEATS (no speeds available) HEAT 1A 1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto; 2. Jeff Bernard, U-5 I*; 3. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus; 4. Mike Allen, U-1 II. *-penalized season points for N2 violation. HEAT 1B 1. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing; 2. Greg Hopp, U-100; 3. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit*. *-penalized one lap for jumping the gun. HEAT 1C 1. Jimmy King, U-3 Miss Chrysler-Jeep; 2. Ken Muscatel, U-25 Superior Racing; 3. David Bryant, U-10 Ahern Rentals, DNF. HEAT 2A 1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto; 2. Jimmy King, U-3 Miss Chrysler-Jeep; 3. Mike Allen, U-1 II; David Bryant, U-10 Ahern Rentals, DNS. HEAT 2B 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus; 2. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit; 3. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing*. *-penalized one lap for jumping the gun. HEAT 2C 1. Greg Hopp, U-100; 2. Ken Muscatel, U-25 Superior Racing; Jeff Bernard, U-5 I, DNS. HEAT 3A 1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto; 2. Jimmy King, U-3 Miss Chrysler-Jeep; 3. Ken Muscatel, U-25 Superior Racing. HEAT 3B 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus; 2. Greg Hopp, U-100; Jeff Bernard, U5 II, DNS.

HEAT 3C 1. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing; 2. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit; 3. Mike Allen, U-1 II. FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 158.027; 2. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 154.418; 3. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 150.436; 4. David Bryant, U-10 Ahern Rentals, 150.310; 5. Jeff Bernard, U-5 I, 149.882; 6. Jimmy King, U-3 Miss Chrysler-Jeep, 149.375; 7. J. Michael Kelly, U13 Spirit of Detroit, 148.473; 8. Ken Muscatel, U-25 Superior Racing, 143.586; Greg Hopp, U100 Mirage Boats, chairman’s exemption; Mike Allen, U-1 II, chairman’s exemption. ——— AMERICAN BOAT RACING ASSOCIATION 2007 SEASON RESULTS Thunder on the Ohio Ohio River, Evansville, Ind. Length: 2 miles FINAL HEAT Sunday, July 1 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 140.203; 2. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 136.167; 3. Jimmy King, U-3 Master Tire, 135.982; 4. Greg Hopp, U-100 Mirage Boats, 128.690; 5. David Bryant, U-13 Ahern Rentals, 127.575; 6. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit, 125.829; 7. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy Oberto/Miss Madison, 114.239*. *-penalized one lap for hitting a course buoy ——— MADISON REGATTA Ohio River, Madison, Ind. Length: 2.5 miles FINAL HEAT Sunday, July 8 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 139.641 mph; 2. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 137.684; 3. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit, 132.634; 4. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 120.093; Greg Hopp, U-100, DNF; Jimmy King, U-3 Miss-Chrysler Jeep, DNF. ——— CHRYSLER-JEEP SUPERSTORES APBA GOLD CUP Detroit River, Detroit, Michigan Length: 2.5 miles FINAL HEAT

Sunday, July 15 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 147.687 mph; 2. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 146.526; 3. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit, 142.560; 4. Greg Hopp, U-25 Jarvis Construction, 125.841; Jimmy King, U-3 Miss Chrysler-Jeep, DNF; Jeff Bernard, U-5 Miss Detroit Yacht Club, DNS. ——— LAMB WESTON COLUMBIA CUP Columbia River, Kennewick, Wash. Length: 2.5 miles FINAL HEAT Sunday, July 29 1. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 145.013; 2. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Ober to/Miss Madison, 142.164; 3. David Bryant, U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, 137.454; 4. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit, 134.687; 5. Jeff Bernard, U-5 I, 122.296; 6. Chris Bertram, U-9 Miss Conover Insurance, 117.456; 7. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 124.814*. * penalized one lap for lane encroachment ——— CHEVROLET CUP AT SEAFAIR Lake Washington, Seattle, Wash. Length: 2 miles FINAL HEAT Sunday, Aug. 6 1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 135.689 mph; 2. David Bryant, U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, 132.733; 3. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Miss Car Pros, 131.847; 4. Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, 125.842; 5. Jeff Bernard, U-5 I, 119.656; 6. Ken Muscatel, U-25 Procraft Windows, 108.986; Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, DSQ. ——— SAN DIEGO THUNDERBOAT REGATTA Mission Bay, San Diego, Calif. Length: 2.5 miles FINAL HEAT Sunday, Sept. 15 1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Ober to/Miss Madison, 151.445 mph; 2. Jeff Bernard, U-5 I, 149.724; 3. Jean Theoret, U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 143.156; 4. Mike Allen, U-1 II, 134.083; 5. J. Michael Kelly, U-13 Spirit of Detroit, 106.320; Dave Villwock, U-16 Miss Elam Plus, DNF; David Bryant, U-10 Ahern Rentals, DNS.


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Madison Regatta by the Numbers




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he Madison Regatta, by the numbers: 58 — The number of Indiana Governor’s Cups that have been contested at Madison, including this year. The first Cup was awarded in 1951, although there has been motorboat racing on the Ohio River since the early 20th century. 7 — The number of Cups won by Dave Villwock, tied with Bill Muncey and Chip Hanauer for the most ever. Villwock won five as driver of the Miss Budweiser and two with the Miss Elam Plus. 13 — The number of Cups won by the late Bernie Little, owner of the Miss Budweiser. Little won his first Madison Regatta in 1970 and his last in 2000. Sven Ellstrom, owner the Miss Elam Plus, is a distant second with four. 15 — The number of Madison wins by sponsor Budweiser, the most ever. Atlas Van Lines is second with five. 2.5 — The amount of miles covered in one lap around the Wild Bill Cantrell Memorial Race Course. A preliminary heat totals 7.5 miles, a final heat 12.5 miles and the entire race, including all three preliminary heats and final, is 35 miles. 314,525 — The amount of money that Madison Regatta Inc. has budgeted to stage the 58th Indiana Governor’s Cup and its week-long Regatta Festival. 0 — The amount of paid employees — not including security — that are on the Madison Regatta payroll. 1971 — The year Jim McCormick and the Miss Madison shocked the world by winning the American POwer Boat Association Gold Cup on their home waters. 30 — The number of years before the Miss Madison duplicated the feat, with Steve David driving the Miss Madison under the sponsorship of the Oh Boy! Oberto sausage company. 1 — The number of drivers in the current field expected to race at Madison who have won the Indiana Governor’s Cup; the Oh Boy! Oberto’s Steve David (once). PUCKER POWER: Miss Madison Regatta Amanda Lee giggles before her traditional kiss with 2007 2 — The number of boat teams in the current fleet expected to race at MadiGovernor’s Cup winner Dave Villwock last year. Villwock, who is tied for the lead in career wins at son that have won the Indiana Governor’s Cup; the U-6 Miss Madison Racing Madison, has kissed seven Regatta queens over his career. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell) Team (twice) and the U-100 Leland Racing Team (once). 1988 — The last time the Governor of Indiana was actually on hand to present the winner with the Indiana Governor’s Cup (Evan Bayh). Current Gov. Mitch Daniels has said he will present the Cup this year. 145.573 — The fastest average winning speed in Governor’s Cup history, set by Mark Tate and the Smokin’ Joe’s in 1996. 65.886 — The slowest average winning speed in Governor’s Cup history, set by Marion Cooper and the Hornet in 1951. 3 — The most consecutive races that a boat has won at Madison, the latest by the Miss Call Elam Plus in 2005-07. The others are: Miss Thriftway/Miss Century 21, 1960-62; Tahoe ahead to Miss, 1964-66; Pay ’N Pak, 1973-75; and Miss Budweiser, 1992-94. 1 — Win by “Wild Bill” Cantrell, namesake of the Madison race course. Cantrell drove get our the Gale IV to victory in 1954. famous 1983 — The last time a boat with a piston engine claimed victory at Madison. Jim KropCHICKEN feld steered the Miss Budweiser to that win. WINGS 2 — The number of victories by boats sponsored by food companies: the Mr. Pringle’s in 1988 and the Oh Boy! Oberto in 2001. to go! 5 — The number of victories by boats sponsored by food stores: the Miss Thriftway in 1960, the Pay’N Pak in 1973, 1974 and 1975, and the Miss 7-Eleven in 1985. 16 — The number of victories by boats sponsored by alcoholic beverages: the Miss Budweiser, 1970, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2004, and the Miller American, 1986.

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Formula for Success

Porter revamps Formulaboats team for 2008 season



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verything seemed to go Formulaboats’ way in 2006. The first-year team claimed victory at Valleyfield, Quebec, ran near the top at every race and rookie Mike Allen brought home the National High Points Championship. But as well as the 2006 season went, the next year was just as bad. The team’s two boats flipped three times in the first three races, Allen was relegated to the sidelines with an injury and the team failed to score enough points to defend its title with points totals for both boats combined. It was a rough year, to say the least. But over the offseason, owner Ted Porter has revamped his program, brought in nearly an entirely new crew and both the U-5 and U-7 boats were stripped down and rebuilt — all in an effort to recapture the glory of 2006. “We’ve gotten a lot more experience and we are a lot more prepared,” said Porter. “We have a real good group of guys that work well together and a we have a good mix.” The drivers of the two boats are the same, with Allen helming the U-7 II and Jeff Bernard in the cockpit of the U-5 But both boats have new crew chiefs and the entire operation has a new team manager. Mark Hooten takes over for Mike Weber, Bernard’s uncle, as team manager and Tom Anderson replaces Weber as the U-5’s crew chief. Billy Allen will serve as the U-7’s crew chief. Bernard, who came on late in the season after his flip at Evansville, worked with Anderson two years ago and was pleased to see him come aboard. “I’m excited to work with Tom Anderson again,” Bernard said. “I worked with him in 2006 when I was with the (U-48) Lakeridge Paving and I’m looking forward to the season.” The biggest change in the team may be mechanical. The former Miss

The team has lived the highs and lows of Unlimited racing — from Mike Allen winning the 2006 national championship (right) to a blowover accident (above) last year at Evansville en route to a rough 2007 season. Mark Hooten (left) has been named team manager and the team is working to return to its championship form of two years ago. (Courier file photos by David Campbell) Budweiser hulls were race-ready when Porter purchased them before the 2006 season, but with only a few weeks until the season opener, the team was scrambling. Not that the results were noticeable. Allen and then-U-5 pilot Weber finished second and third at Madison and Allen claimed victory in just his fourth Unlimited race. At the end of the season, Allen and the U-7 out-pointed the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison by the slightest of margins to claim the national championship. But after 13 races in two years, the two boats began wearing down and the flips certainly didn’t help. Both Allen and Bernard went endover-end at the season-opener in Evansville last year and Allen went

airborne again two weeks later at Detroit. It was the second flip that sent Allen to the beach with a broken wrist and sidelined the boat for two months. The team was forced to go with a back-up boat and rookie Jimmy Shane in the cockpit just to pick up points. “I know exactly what I did wrong (at Evansville),” Allen said. “I was in between two boats and I thought I had the chute speed to get ahead of them. I didn’t and in the turn, my skid fin unhooked, I bounced half a lane into Jimmy King’s wake and went over. Lesson learned.” All of that wear-and-tear left the two state-of-the-art crafts battered and bruised. In the offseason, Porter went to work, stripping the boats


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down to the waterline and fixing lingering problems. “These two boats are now 10 times as good as when I got them,” Porter said. “We had those boats torn down and fixed some problems that have been there for a while. Both are in better condition than they have been in years. We have a pretty knowledgeable group and we’ve worked hard on getting new engines, gearboxes and props. I think we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.” Two weeks ago, the Formula team tested those adjustments on Grand Lake St. Mary’s near Celina, Ohio. By all indications, the test was a smashing success. “The funny thing is, you can do all that work, but until you splash


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Evolution of skid fin has Unlimiteds cornering better and better By DOUG FORD Tech Reporter

Everyone who has watched modern Unlimited hydroplanes race has seen the so-called “second roostertail” of spray that comes off the skid fins in a corner. That spray is very indicative of the tremendous loads these fins carry when the big boats enter a turn. It wasn’t always like that. Back in the ’50s and ’60s and even into the ’70s most of the Unlimiteds were of the “round nose” type with the driver sitting behind the engine. These boats were generally more symmetric with both the left and right hand main sponson runners having some dihedral, that is, with the outside edges higher than the inner edges. The “skid fin” was nothing more than a small fin mounted on the inside airtrap at the back of the left sponson. These fins were only about 4- to 6-inches deep, and really didn’t throw much water in a corner, nor did they carry all the side force needed for the boats to turn. Part of the side force was actually generated by the inside edge of the left sponson. These boats turned much like a dirt track sprint car, with quite a bit of yaw and sideslip. As the sport entered the late ’70s and with the advent of the newer, pickle fork type boats, such as the ’82 Atlas Van Lines, and the Juggernaut Miss Budweiser, larger skid fins became common, and the left side sponson runners were given anhedral instead of dihedral, that is, the outer edge of the left side runner was lower than the inside edge. This was done to help prevent “hooking” or catching on the inside of the

BITING: The U-25 Superior Racing’s skid fin bites hard as the boat chews its way through a corner at Madison in 2007. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell) runner when the boat was turning left. As a result, virtually all the side loads were then carried by the skid fin, which now was mounted more outboard and aft of the left sponson transom — pretty much as they are today. As the boat designs continued to improve, it was learned that bigger and bigger skid fins

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would allow faster cornering, and the fins moved further and further aft to avoid oversteer or hooking when a boat was turned sharply into a corner. It was also learned that aluminum fins were both high drag during a straightaway due to the thicknesses required to carry the larger loads in corners, and fatigue of the aluminum became a serious concern as well. This led to

the large (and heavy) steel skid fins we see today. What is impressive is the huge loads these fins carry today. To give an example, the first time Chip Hanauer drove a Miss Budweiser boat in testing the skid fin pulled off during one of the first corners he took at high speed. Following that, we decided to try to determine the forces involved, and actually measured the side accelerations (g-forces) that Chip put on the boat when he entered a corner at high speeds. Now, clearly, not everyone drives as hard into a corner as Chip did. Still, almost unbelievably, the side loads sometimes hit a high of 4 Gs, that is, four times the acceleration of gravity. That meant that if the boat weighed 6,500 pounds, that the skid fin was subjected to 26,000 pounds of side load! And, since the skid fin was basically a “single sided” airfoil, with only the right side (inside surface) producing load, it dug a big hole in the water and shot up a huge amount of water in the air. Now with teams experimenting with larger and larger skid fins, the potential for the rods and brackets, and the hull itself being subjected to even larger side loads is possible. This may lead to a very unsafe condition, and something may break. Remember what happened to Dave Villwock at Valleyfield. So, technical design specifications and the required frequency of testing (magnafluxing) of skid fins needs to be looked at again. Further, the spray of water forced up in the air by these fins is becoming even more dangerous to other boats, so ABRA may have to look at the overlaps rule again, too.

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PAST PRESIDENTS 2007: Madison Regatta Inc.’s annual gathering of past presidents featured a dozen past and current Regatta leaders at their luncheon on the Saturday of race weekend in 2007. Those in attendance were (from left): sitting — John Knoebel, Mike Adams, Nate Davis, Wilbur Heitz and Jack Lemm; standing — Tim Bipes, Mark Fisher, Lou Knobel, Tony Steinhardt, Denny Jackson, Herb Parker and Buddy Gaw. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)

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Boat Boat Average Regatta Regatta Race Festival Year Boat Driver Owner Speed Queen President Chairman Chairman 1951 Hornet Marion Cooper Marion Cooper 65.886 Wiley Riedel Birl Hill 1952 Wildcatter Burnett Bartley Burnett Bartley 70.866 Nelson Boicourt Birl Hill 1953 Wildcatter Burnett Bartley Burnett Bartley 71.599 Nelson Boicourt Birl Hill 1954 Gale IV Bill Cantrell Joe Schoenith 91.556 Nelson Boicourt Birl Hill 1955 Tempo VII Danny Foster Guy Lombardo 92.783 Ann Shirley Gillock Bill Kasper Birl Hill 1956 Miss U.S. I Fred Alter George Simon 86.963 Darlene Schiebel Bob Snelling Birl Hill 1957 Hawaii Kai III Jack Regas Edgar Kaiser 106.061 Lyman Armstrong Birl Hill 1958 Miss U.S. I Don Wilson George Simon 96.171 Lyman Armstrong Birl Hill 1959 Hawaii Kai III Ron Musson Joe Masdcari 102.939 Bill Schnabel Birl Hill 1960 Miss Thriftway Bill Muncey Willard Rhodes 103.577 Jean Fields Bob Snelling Richard Cox 1961 Miss Century 21 Bill Muncey Willard Rhodes 103.965 Judy Bowers Richard Heck Leonard Kitley 1962 Miss Century 21 Bill Muncey Willard Rhodes 103.138 Jane Olmstead Horace Volz Dick Irwin 1963 Miss Exhide Bill Brow Milo & Glen Stoen 106.754 Richard Davidson Richard Cox 1964 Tahoe Miss Chuck Thompson Bill Harrah 105.754 Jolanda Reeves Leonard Kitley Richard Davidson 1965 Tahoe Miss Chuck Thompson Bill Harrah 105.303 Debbie Hall Leonard Kitley Dick Witty 1966 Tahoe Miss Mira Slovak Bill Harrah 97.790 Kay Camenisch Bob Perry Bob Snelling 1967 Miss Bardahl Billy Schumacher Ole Bardahl 97.081 Janice Buckner Lou Owens Bob Perry 1968 Miss Bardahl Billy Schumacher Ole Bardahl 101.016 Sarah Kay Kittle Boyd McClung John Knoebel 1969 Myr’s Special Dean Chenoweth Joe Schoenith 96.131 Candy Combs Lou Knoble John Knoebel 1970 Miss Budweiser Dean Chenoweth Little & Friedkin 95.761 Wilburta Beekman Vern Reindollar Jack Hereford 1971* Miss Madison Jim McCormick City of Madison 98.043 Carol Eggeman Don Wallis Jack Hereford 1972 Atlas Van Lines Bill Muncey Joe Schoenith 99.539 Carla Miller Jack Ice Luther Kirklin 1973 Pay ‘N Pak Mickey Remund Dave Heerensperger 105.024 Ann Miller Wilbur Heitz John Knoebel 1974 Pay ‘N Pak George Henley Dave Heerensperger 107.681 Jack Hereford Bob Snelling 1975 Pay ‘N Pak George Henley Dave Heerensperger 103.009 Marti Sallee John Knoebel Bob Snelling 1976 Atlas Van Lines Bill Muncey Bill Muncey 104.912 Elaine Robinson Dick Craft Wilbur Heitz 1977 Miss Budweiser Mickey Remund Bernie Little 106.424 Sharon Koerner Bob Snelling Jack Lemm 1978 Atlas Van Lines Bill Muncey Bill Muncey 109.409 Patrice Buher Charles J. Keller Jack Lemm 1979* Atlas Van Lines Bill Muncey Bill Muncey 107.703 Lisa Smith Graham Taylor Charles J. Keller 1980* Miss Budweiser Dean Chenoweth Bernie Little 106.932 Gretta Smith Jack Lemm Graham Taylor 1981 Miss Budweiser Dean Chenoweth Bernie Little 112.219 Angie Hawk Bob Snelling Karl Yarling 1982 Squire Shop Tom D’Eath Bob Steil 108.368 Marie Zarceno John Knoebel Karl Yarling 1983 Miss Budweiser Jim Kropfeld Bernie Little 113.770 Marsha Persinger Ken Vaughn Tom Selock 1984 Atlas Van Lines Chip Hanauer Muncey & Lucero 121.358 Rhonda Snell Jack Lemm Tom Selock 1985 Miss 7-Eleven Steve Reynolds Steve Woomer 110.858 Denessa Purvis Dave Rule Jack Lemm 1986 Miller American Chip Hanauer Fran Muncey 122.355 Beth Tingle Dan Carter Jack Lemm 1987 Miss Budweiser Jim Kropfeld Bernie Little 116.306 Sonja Arbuckle Lowell Fritsche Dan Carter 1988 Mr. Pringle’s Scott Pierce Bill Wurster, Sr. 122.785 Jeanette McCreary Larry Meador Dan Carter 1989 Miss Budweiser Jim Kropfeld Bernie Little 114.274 Jeana Powell Denny Jackson Jack Lemm 1990 Miss Circus Circus Chip Hanauer William Bennett 126.992 Millie Corbin Dave Taylor Denny Jackson Karen Pritchard 1991 American Spirit Mark Evans Ron Jones, Jr. 119.453 Kelly Perkins Dan Carter Denny Jackson Karen Pritchard 1992 Miss Budweiser Chip Hanauer Bernie Little 145.592 Teresa Liter Ken Horn Denny Jackson Kim Washer 1993 Miss Budweiser Chip Hanauer Bernie Little 131.399 Donnemarie Firth John Knoebel Dan Carter Kim Washer 1994 Miss Budweiser Chip Hanauer Bernie Little 144.695 Amy Wickersham Denny Jackson Dan Carter Kim Washer 1995 Smokin’ Joe’s Mark Tate Steve Woomer 136.500 Danielle Taylor Jeff Garrett Denny Jackson Kim Washer 1996 Smokin’ Joe’s Mark Tate Steve Woomer 145.573 Dee Ann Patton Dave Taylor Denny Jackson Kim Washer 1997 Miss Budweiser Dave Villwock Bernie Little 137.388 Michelle Childress Mark Fisher Denny Lemm Kim Washer 1998 Miss Budweiser Dave Villwock Bernie Little 140.730 Laura O’Neal Tim Bipes Denny Lemm Kim Washer 1999 Miss Pico Chip Hanauer Fred Leland 137.686 Stacie Laker Denny Jackson Mark Fisher LeTiscia Wilson 2000 Miss Budweiser Dave Villwock Bernie Little 132.801 Jennifer George Mike Fries Dan Carter LeTiscia Wilson 2001 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David City of Madison 130.074 Sarah Oak Herb Parker Denny Lemm Scott Tebbe 2002 Miss Elam Plus Nate Brown Sven Ellstrom 138.862 Kristen Johnson Tony Steinhardt Nate Davis Scott Tebbe 2003 Miss Budweiser Dave Villwock Joe Little 134.083 Stacy Hoehle Ann Geyman Nate Davis Scott Tebbe 2004 Miss Budweiser Dave Villwock Joe Little 130.021 Donatta Taylor Mike Adams Tony Steinhardt Monte Sever 2005 Miss Elam Plus J.W. Myers Sven Ellstrom 135.245 Sarah Barringer Nate Davis Joe Johnson Monte Sever 2006 Miss Elam Plus Dave Villwock Sven Ellstrom N/A** Tawnie Jackson Buddy Gaw Joe Johnson Kim Washer 2007 Miss Elam Plus Dave Villwock Sven Ellstrom 139.641 Amanda Lee Nate Davis Tony Steinhardt Kim Washer * APBA Gold Cup was also contested ** Winner was determined by total points (The staff photo above by Mark Campbell shows the Miss Elam Plus at Madison in 2007)

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Mighty Mites

Pint-size powerboats provide radio-controlled rush of racing



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ater will fly on more than just the Ohio River during this year’s Regatta festivities. The Prop Walkers Model Boat Club will be racing scale-model, radio-controlled hydroplanes on Krueger Lake during the Dennis Holt Memorial Race on Friday, July 4. Though the boats might be smaller and the sport doesn’t enjoy quite as a bright a spotlight as unlimited hydroplane racing, the R.C. version offers just as much excitement as the real thing for the model hydroplane enthusiasts. Each boat must be created to scale, modeled as closely to the original as possible. Some club members, like Doug Shepherd, have experience

with the “big boats” and use that knowledge in creating the scale-model replicas. Shepherd was an assistant crew chief for the Miss Madison racing team in 2002 and said the scale-model boats must match their full-size counterparts, right down to any mechanical or physical modifications that may have been made in a particular year. “It has to be exactly how it ran,” Shepherd said. As he worked on a model of the 1978 U-64 The Squire Shop during a recent practice session at Krueger Lake, Shepherd noted that even the drivers are created to look like the originals. Some wear tiny goggles and bandannas, a few SEE: MIGHTY MITES, Page 27

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even sport mustaches. “We actually try to paint them just like the driver that drove it,” Shepherd said. Club members say the Internet is very helpful when it comes to learning specifics about each boat. At some competitions, judges hold up a photo of the original boat and judge the replica against it. But the real competition begins when the boats take to the water. “When you get six of these things out in a pond, it’s pretty interesting,” Shepherd said. The races are run much like the full-scale version. Boats sometimes run into each other or flip. They can even run out of gas. Most of the boats run on nitrogen fuel and while the smell may be obnoxious to some, it’s just part of the experience for the Prop Walkers. “We love the smell of nitro,” said club member Don McKay. From the 2005 U-16 Miss Elam Plus to the 1980 U-12 Miss Budweiser, boats from a variety of different racing seasons are represented within the club. “If it was out on the water, we’ll do it,” said Greg Bentley, president of the Prop Walkers. The U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison has been an especially popular model this year and is often a crowd favorite. “People always cheer for that one,” Bentley said. Each controller has a coach who keeps an eye on the action on the rest of the course during the race. Bentley’s coach is his father, Don. Many of the club members bring their families to races and work together on boats. The group also holds cookouts and other gatherings throughout the year. “You can do it as a family,” Bentley said “It’s just a fun hobby that way.” The club currently has about 15 members and Bentley hopes to see that number grow. He said the biggest benefit of the club is the friendships made between local members and the opportunity to meet people from other clubs at races throughout the year. “It’s enjoyable to take somebody else’s idea and put it with your idea and come up with something new,” Bentley said. The July 4 race will begin at 10 a.m. at the lake, located inside the former Jefferson Proving Ground. The event is free and open to the public. Last year, there were more than 75 boats in competition. Racers are expected from Canada, Michigan, Mississippi, Illinois and

Page 26: A scale model of the 2006 U-7 II takes a spin on Kruger Lake (top). Greg Bentley controls his scale model of 2005 U-6 Miss Elam Plus while getting input from his father, Don (center). A scale model of 1978 U-64 Squire Shop is complete down to the smiling pilot in its cockpit (bottom left). Frank “Peck” Schuman works on his 1978 Squire Shop before taking the boat for a test run (bottom right). Page 27: Doug Shepherd retrieves his scale model of the 2006 U-7 II from the middle of Kruger Lake after the radio-controlled boat ran out of fuel far from shore (top). An antenna — and the fact that its sitting on a picnic table — is about the only thing that gives away Greg Bentley’s 2005 U-16 Miss Elam Plus as being a scale-model rather than the real thing. A wide-eyed driver sits behind the wheel of the U-12 Miss Budweiser.

(Staff photos by Ken Ritchie) Ohio and Indiana. For more information on the race or the Prop Walkers, call Bentley at (812) 701-4391.


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2008 Madison Regatta Souvenir Section  

Can Steve David and the Oh Boy! Oberto Miss Madison pick up where they left off in 2007? Originally published on June 28, 2008 by The Madiso...

2008 Madison Regatta Souvenir Section  

Can Steve David and the Oh Boy! Oberto Miss Madison pick up where they left off in 2007? Originally published on June 28, 2008 by The Madiso...