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2017 OPA Racing World Championships / Englewood Beach Water Fest Schedule of Events:

October 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Englewood Beach Waterfest / OPA Racing World Championships

 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Arrival of Race Boats – Race Village (2045 N. Beach Road, Englewood, FL)

Crane Area – Chadwick Park (2100 N. Beach Road, Englewood, FL)

Ramp Area – Indian Mound Park (210 Winson Avenue, Englewood, FL)

Wet Pits – Chadwick Park (2100 N. Beach Road, Englewood, FL)

Dry Pits – Race Village – (2045 N. Beach Road, Englewood, FL)

Wash Down Area – Race Village – (2045 N. Beach Road, Englewood, FL)

Waste Disposal – Chadwick Park (2100 N. Beach Road, Englewood, FL)

Fuel – TBA

Race Control – Beach at Race Village – (2045 N. Beach Road, Englewood, FL)

Helicopter Launch – Buchan Airport (1390 Old Englewood Road, Englewood, FL)

 

12:00pm to 4:00pm – Racer Registration – Race Village

12:00pm to 4:00pm – GPS Registration – GPS Trailer Race Village

12:00pm to 4:00pm – Race Boats Inspections – Race Village

5:00pm – Coast Guard Briefing – Gazebo at Chadwick Park

6:00pm – Volunteer Meeting – Gazebo at Chadwick Park

7:00pm – Racer Meet & Greet – White Elephant (1855 Gulf Blvd, Englewood FL)

Friday, November 17, 2017

ALL DAY – Arrival of Race Boats; Race Village – (2045 N. Beach Road, Englewood, FL)

12:00pm to 4:00pm – Race Boats Inspections – Race Village

10:00am – Racer Meeting – Beach Tent in Race Village

2:00pm – Awareness Meeting (OPA Staff) – Registration Room

10:00am to 5:00pm – Race Registration – Race Village

11:00am to 5:00pm – GPS Registration – GPS Trailer @ Race Village

8:00am to 12:00pm – Swim/Dunker Testing – Weston’s WannaB Inn (985 Gulf Blvd, Englewood, FL)

11:00am – Race Control Operational

11:00am to 4:00pm – Crane & Ramp Operational

12:00pm to 3:00pm – Race Boat Testing

5:00pm – Race Boat Block Party (Dearborn Street, Englewood, FL)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

ALL DAY – Race Village Open To The Public

7:00am – Team Physicals – Beach Tent in Race Village

7:30am – Set Up Course Buoys

8:00am – Racers Meeting – Beach Tent in Race Village

9:00am – Medical & Dive briefing (Chadwick Park)

9:00am – Patrol Fleet briefing (Chadwick Park)

9:00am – Crane & Ramp Operational

9:00am – Race Control Operational

10:00am – Patrol & Course Fleet on station

 

11:00am – Race #1 (Subject to Adjustment)

2:00pm – Race #2 (Subject to Adjustment)

4:00pm – Race #3 (Subject to Adjustment)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

ALL DAY – Race Village Open To The Public

7:00am – Team Physicals – Beach Tent in Race Village

7:30am – Set Up Course Buoys

8:00am – Racers Meeting – Beach Tent in Race Village

9:00am – Medical & Dive briefing (Chadwick Park)

9:00am – Patrol Fleet briefing (Chadwick Park)

9:00am – Crane & Ramp Operational

9:00am – Race Control Operational

10:00am – Patrol & Course Fleet on station

 

11:00am – Race #1 (Subject to Adjustment)

2:00pm – Race #2 (Subject to Adjustment)

4:00pm – Race #3 (Subject to Adjustment)

 

7:00pm – Awards Ceremony – Stage in Race Village

 

 

 


M1 Concourse Cars and Coffee - July 2017:

July 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

We had a blast this weekend at the Cars and Coffee event, held at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan this weekend. It was a beautiful day along Woodward Avenue. Over 1,500 cars showed up for the event. So we have posted a few pictures we shot. You can check them out in the link below...

http://realfastfotography.com/p320373257


We caught the NEW 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT widebody!

June 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

You all have heard of the limited edition 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, well this is the 707 horsepower baby brother SRT HELLCAT version. For the 2018 model year, Dodge will make the SRT HELLCAT with an optional widebody package. We have all the details on the package below. Expect the car to make it's official debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise in August. We caught this one on the grounds of the FCA US North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan doing some testing last week.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT widebody option Information:
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6.2L Supercharged HEMI "HELLCAT" Engine
8-speed auto transmission w/paddle shifters (8HP90) / or 6-speed manual
Illuminated Air-Catcher Headlamps (Standard on all HELLCAT models)
New: Wide Body competition suspension
New: 305/35ZR20 A/S Performance Tires
New: 20X11.0" Forged aluminum wheels
New: Electric power steering
New: SRT + HELLCAT logo featured grille badge
New: New HELLCAT fender badges
New: Optional Gun Metal Dual Center Stripes (Available on HELLCAT models ONLY)
New: Optional Rear Seat Delete Option (Available on HELLCAT models)
New: Demonic Red interior option on HELLCAT models
New: Orange, Gunmetal and Black Optional Brake Caliper Colors (SRT HELLCAT models ONLY)

Exterior Colors:
B5 BLUE (Late Availability)
BILLET METALLIC
BRIGHT WHITE
DESTROYER GREY
F8 GREEN (Late Availability)
GO MANGO
GRANITE CRYSTAL METALLIC
INDIGO BLUE (Late Availability)
MAXIMUM STEEL METALLIC
OCTANE RED
PITCH BLACK
PLUM CRAZY (Late Availability)
REDLINE TRI-COAT PEARL
TORRED
YELLOW JACKET


2017 OPA Racing Lake Race: Schedule of Events:

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

Lake Race

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Race Village does not Open until Friday


 

Crane Area - 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO
Dry Pits - 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO
Wet Pits - 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO
Ramp - Ozark Yacht Cub (500 Yacht Club Landing Drive, Lake Ozark, MO)

Wash Down Area - 1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO (Fire Truck)

Gas Station - Phillips 66 (1780 Bagnell Dam, Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO)
Gas Dock - Inquire about in Registration


 

4PM    Festival of Speed Block Party - (Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, MO)

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

11am              Race Village Open (1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd. Lake Ozark, MO) 

10am-1pm    Swim/Dunker Testing - Rockwood Resort Motel (1701 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO)

1pm-5pm      Racer Registration - Race Village

1pm-5pm      GPS Registration - Race Village​

12pm-5pm    Race Boat Inspections - Race Village

3pm                Course/Perimeter Markers Set​​

5pm                Lake Race Street Party on Historic Bagnell Dam Strip begins

6pm                VOLUNTEER MEETING - Race Village (Registration Room)

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

9am-6pm       Race Village Open

7am                Team Physicals - Race Village

8am                Racers Meeting - Race Village

9am                Medical and Dive team briefing - Race Village

10am              Race Control Operational

9:45am-10:30am     Race Boat Testing (pending approval)

10:45am        Opening Ceremony

11am              RACE 1 (start subject to adjustment) 

12pm              RACE 2 (start subject to adjustment) 

1:30pm            RACE 3 (start subject to adjustment) 

3pm                RACE 4 (start subject to adjustment) 

4:15pm          RACE 5 (start subject to adjustment) 

7pm                Awards Ceremony - Beavers at the Dam 
​                  (1076 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO)

 

 

 


Smith Brothers Offshore Racing Team Boat Recovered...

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The OPA Racing National and World Championship winning Smith Brothers Offshore Racing / CRC Automotive Joker Powerboats hull was recovered from the bottom of the at Atlantic Ocean for over a week.

 

BAY HEAD - Divers and sailors reclaimed a sunken speedboat from the ocean floor Tuesday, nine days after she sank following a fatal crash against a competing craft in the Offshore Grand Prix.

Shortly after 5 p.m., work crews pulled the Smith Brothers CRC out of the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach. A crane lifted the speedboat onto a boat trailer attached to a pickup truck at Ken's Landing Marina.

Early Tuesday, Stephen Reid, Point Pleasant Beach mayor, said the Berkeley Underwater Search and Rescue Team had located the Smith Brothers CRC. The race was based out of Point Pleasant Beach.

Later, drivers pumped water out of the hull and engine areas as the Smith Brothers sat on the seafloor off Bay Head. Three boats pulled the 26-foot-long racing vessel through the Atlantic into the Manasquan Inlet that afternoon.

The boat is named for its racing team, brothers Richard and Peter Smith, who were thrown from the boat in the fatal May 21 crash.

David Raabe, a 38-year-old throttleman on a speedboat named the "Repeat Offender," was killed in the crash. His teammate, driver James Byrne of Nutley, suffered serious injuries.

Officials said the crash occurred when the Repeat Offender turned unexpectedly in front of the other boat, authorities said at the time. The Smith Brothers went airborne, then came down on top of the Offender.

As the boat sat in the inlet Tuesday, chipping paint and torn seats were the only visible signs of damage to the vessel. Crews had searched for the Smith Brothers for days before locating the boat over the weekend, off Johnson Street in Bay Head. 

Numerous divers plunged about 40 feet to raise the boat, where they had to rely exclusively on touch because of scarce visibility, said Chet Nesley, chief diver with the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Rescue Dive Team. 

After raising the boat with lift bags, it then took about four and a half hours - and patience - to bring the boat back to the inlet against the outgoing tide, Nesley said.  

"A wounded cat with two legs could go faster than we were going," said Nesley, 64, who has been diving since 1967.

Even with about 16 divers, the effort wasn't easy, said Eddie "Smitty" Smith, president of the Offshore Powerboat Association. 

"You can't see an inch in front of you," Richard Zeller, the assistant chief of the Berkeley Township Underwater Search and Rescue Squad, said.

Work crews recover the Smith Brothers race boat. After

Work crews recover the Smith Brothers race boat. After lifting it from the ocean floor they towed up north to the Manasquan Inlet and then hoisted it out of the water with a crane at Ken's Landing. The boat had sank after a crash during the Offshore Grand Prix on May 21. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @dhoodhood   Doug Hood

Divers had been searching for the Smith Brothers on and off since the crash, interrupted by waves and weather. The New Jersey State Police Marine Unit searched alongside the Berkeley volunteer squad.

Although they were thrown from their boat, Richard and Peter Smith declined medical treatment on the day of the crash, though they provided blood samples to the authorities.

Reid said that Byrne's condition has improved in the days since the crash, and the investigation into the cause of the crash continues.

Raabe, of Lacey, worked as a financial adviser and boated in his downtime. He "claimed checkered flags in his racing career and also saw the back of many a tow boat," according to his obituary.

"It feels wonderful that different organizations and agencies came together to help the OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) in a time of sorrow," Zeller said.

Alex N. Gecan: 732-643-4043; agecan@gannettnj.com

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/emergencies/2017/05/30/sec/354223001/

 

Hopefully we will be able to see this National and World Championship boat back on the water some day soon.

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