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|Once again, the amount
of aggravation in dealing with some misguided APBA officials at certain
races has outweighed the fun of driving a race boat, so ends my unexpected
I'd like to offer a most sincere thank you to my good friend Joe Julian for encouraging me to occupy a drivers seat again, and for allowing me to take charge of the driving chores in his JS-136 Nuclear Winter. I had a ton of fun, 2180 lbs worth to be exact. My thanks to Joe and all the Nuclear Winter crew; Tony, Scott, Mark, Edward, and Craig for all their contributions and hard work in providing me with a well prepared and maintained race skiff and for handling all the race day duties, not to mention Special Ed's great video work. Thanks also to Bucki, Audrey, Crystal and Anna for all your help and support. A big thanks to Joe, Sr. and Margaret Julian for their constant support during the season. I hope that in their eyes I have contributed positively to the legacy of the Julian name in skiff racing. I know, and I think many can agree, that I pushed the Nuke to it's limits and beyond in some cases. Although a little short on the speed end, the 18 foot Nuke proved to be a fine handling, well built racing skiff and I congratulate Joe on his dedicated effort. Smaller and faster in the future though, right buddy.
Sincere thanks also to Hank and Peggy Wendt for showing confidence in my abilities by putting me behind the wheel of their PS-529 Wendt Racing Pro Stock boat, thus allowing my return to flatbottom racing after a twenty year absence. I'm proud to be associated with such great people and I'm looking forward to more fun times racing together with them in the future. My thanks to Hank for preparing such a finely tuned race boat for me to drive. I know how hard it is both physically and financially to campaign a Pro Stock boat and I greatly appreciate all your efforts. Knowing Hank for many years, I must say that I envy his calm demeanor and hope some of his mellowness will rub off on me while we're teamed up, just so long as it doesn't affect my driving. Thanks also Peggy, for sharing your wealth of race site knowledge. Being the authority on every race we attended and each of the towns we visited, you made each event more enjoyable for not only me and my family, but for the entire Nuclear Winter team as well.
Speaking of my family, my most sincere thanks to my "personal assistants" Bucki and Audrey for all their help and support. In most cases I would not have made it out the door, on time, with everything I needed, had it not been for you guys. I very much appreciate what you do for me and I'm thrilled to have you both participating in racing with me. Putting up with me at times isn't easy, I know, but you deal with it. I love you both dearly.
I would also like to
take this opportunity to thank Boyd Schnell of Spokane, WA. Through a
chance conversation over an eBay auction a couple of years ago, Boyd, the
founder and leader of the Nostalgic Circle Boat Racing organization,
rekindled my interests in boat racing. That chance contact, and subsequent
conversations with Boyd, prompted my return to the boat racing after more
than a ten year renunciation of the sport.
|Below are links to the
2004 APBA Rule Change Proposals I submitted.
Speaking quite frankly, based on past experiences in these matters, I'd be surprised if any of them are approved.
If you support any of these proposals, I suggest that if you haven't already done so, you let the powers that be know about it. You may voice your support by sending an email to Inboard Racing Chairman, Robin Shane at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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