Waterscapes Arizona 'Boy' Remembers His First Hot Boat
By Jim Allen
When I was a kid skiing on the lakes in Arizona, the sound of a
Biesemeyer on the water made every kid, old or young, want to figure out
how to buy one. The sound was mesmerizing. Apparently we "kids" weren't
the only ones who felt this way.
Julian Pettingil bought the molds for the Biesemeyer from Rusty Biesemeyer
and began producing the Biesemeyer 18-foot flat bottom that was to be used
in the Super Stock racing class. The Super Stock racing class first
appeared in 1965,
sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. This class was formed
to provide a less-expensive alternative to the "E" and "SK" classes.
Both of these classes were highly competitive and expensive. Over the
years, the Super Stock class has
evolved and is now reported to be the number one Inboard Runabout class in
the American Power Boat
A Super Stock race consists of two-to-eight boats. Watching eight drivers
with no seat belts coming
into a turn together at 110 miles per hour in these open boats is enough
to raise anyone's adrenaline level. At these speeds, it is a full time job
just trying to stay in the boat.
The Biesemeyer, the Revenge and the D'Cucci are the three main hull
designs in today's Super Stock racing. These boats are maneuverable and
capable of 115 miles per hour; they can power through turns sideways at 60
miles per hour. Power is provided by stock Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler and
Ford engines. These engines produce up to 600 horse power at 7,000 rpm.
Apparently that sound we heard as kids has affected several generations of
boat enthusiasts. It still
sends chills up my spine.
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