Thanksgiving Regatta at Parker (2011)

For the 65th time, The Southern California Speedboat Club Sprint Boats have been roaring to life around an 1 ¼ mile oval course laid out on Lake Moovalya in Parker, AZ. Once again, the Southern California Speedboat Club (SCSC) is staging their 65th annual Thanksgiving Regatta at the beautiful Blue Water Resort & Casino. The race will feature 15 classes of the fastest sprint boats, both Inboard and Outboard in the nation.

The 2012 APBA (American Powerboat Racing Association) season get’s underway with the very first race of the 2011 season at the Blue Water. Classes set to race for the historic event are: Round 1 for the Grand National Racing Association Series, Super Stocks, Comp Jet class, Formula Lights, Nostalgia Flat & Endurance and Jet, Formula 2, Classic Outboard Runabouts and the limited Stock Outboard Hydroplane classes.

The 65th Annual Thanksgiving Regatta starts on Friday November 25, 2011 at the Bluewater Resort & Casino beach. The Race begins at 9:00 a.m. and should last until approximately 4:30 each day. So come out and celebrate 65 great years of Thanksgiving racing! The admission is free. Please park in the Casino Parking lot and come on down to the beach area to take in all the excitement that is Sprint Boat Racing

Please visit www.scscracing.com or contact Ross Wallach at (310) 318-4012 for more information.

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Note: 3 night stay $49/Thursday & Friday, $79 Sat. Rooms are limited and the resort.

3030's picture

Rod and the rest of the COR drivers, I was at the APBA Region 12 meeting today and Ross wanted to poll the COR boats for upcoming Parker race. Who is planning on making out to the river to race on Thanksgiving?

Not me, sorry.

Capnzee88's picture

The COR boats from the LA area are still licking their wounds from the 300 miler. As you know, I blew an engine and my new engine is not ready, nor is my gear box(LU). I donot believe Bill James has an engine together as he "blew" while testing for the "300". I cannot speak for the Caranza's but I believe they are saving their pennies to build a new powerhead. Hopefully a COR alert will get some individual attention and the individuals can respond for themselves. How about your STV, will it be ready? Rod

3030's picture

I am still trying to piece something together that will float.... but I will be back shortly.

Propman's picture

I plan on it even though I haven't had much time to work on the boat. Emilo plans on racing as well, so there's two. We have some potential new blood as I talked to John E Lane who was interested in racing his COR boat. Also on tap is Tony Scarlotta racing the 28 boat of Ron Hill. I guess he got a taste for it during the Enduro. It would be good to get another boat or two to cover the "shrinkage" Maybe Skip could make it since it doesn't cover Sunday. I almost forgot another potential newbe would be Kenny Shaw racing his Allison, although I believe it might be Illegal since it has a "cowled in" cockpit. I'm also guessing Kenny would have to add weight in order to make it legal.

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Adding weight is no problem, the cowled in cockpit is a problem. Unless it meets the measurements outlined in the COR rules it is illegal. It looks like you have at least 4 boats for the COR race and that should make Ross happy! I will report the same to him. Rod

Propman's picture

I guess I'll have to warn him that the boat is illegal in the COR Class

3030's picture

I would love to see how the v bottom runs with the 2 liter. Too bad on the cockpit size. Maybe he can remove some of the cowlings and make the 36" width?

Capnzee88's picture

There is no need to "warn" him. You may do him and yourselves a favor by directing the individual with the Allison to the COR rules. If he really wants to join the COR membership ranks, he will do what is necessary to conform. We are always welcome to new members however we must retain the rules as published. The Parker rules cannot govern the COR rules. Another approach would be to renew in your own minds the "objective" of the COR class. I would prefer that these posts not take us down the same road as we went a few months ago when Howie Nichols had to intervene. If you have questions concerning the rules you can always "look them up". If there is doubt in your mind, feel free to PM me. Thankyou all for your interest. As a sidenote, if every one of the COR members at a given race would like to vote on allowing the "illegal" boat to run with them and there is no safety concern, then so be it. The "illegal" boat shall not be used in any way to score COR points nor shall the owner become a voting COR member as a result of this race. Rod Zapf COR chairman

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The precedent has been set in the past. We have run boats that donot conform to COR rules, as long as all of the members racing at the time agree and there is no additional safety concern. In allowing these non-conforming boats to run we have added to our membership. An example of this could be sited at the last Long Beach race, also the San Diego race last year. As far as COR points are concerned, the non-conforming boats may not be added to the boat count for COR points and the non-conforming boat owners will not become COR voting members. Perhaps you who are racing at Parker Thanksgiving would like to invite the Allison to run--and for that matter you could invite Franky's STV to run with you also--it is all up to those of you who are actually racing. Rod

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I think we might set a precedent by letting non-conforming boats race. I'm all about getting new members, but I think there might be a danger involved, that is, should an illegal boat have an accident, regardless of the cause, our class will suffer some "bad press" and the legal COR racers would suffer the consenquences. We certainly do not want to be excluded from a race for safety reasons and especially if we allow someone to run a boat that doesn't comply with our safety rules... the enclosed cockpit rule was written such that it would be easy to get out of an open cockpit boat that was upside down, more difficult if the cockpit was enclosed. If someone is serious about racing the COR class I believe they should make an effort to build (or buy) a boat that conforms to all of our rules. I worked hard to make sure my boat was legal before I raced it, and I made sure Emilio would be racing a legal boat before he hit the water, no pun intended.

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KEVIN, You have made a good point. As I said, any one (1) COR member at a race has the option of keeping a non-conforming boat from entering the race. If a non-conforming boat is allowed to enter the race, it must be a unanamous decision by all the COR members racing at that same event. The referee also has the right to keep a non-conforming boat from racing with the COR boats, such as, safety reasons, number of boats, etc. Rod

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I have a "non conforming boat" but would like to race at Thanksgiving. Any chance? If it is truly a safety issue, I would be happy to point out items on others rides which should be of greater concern than the size of MY cockpit. Just saying....

3030's picture

I would put forth the motion that non-conforming boats (2.4, 2.5 or cockpit) can run for one race. They would have to stay behind the last guy and on the outside (like i did at long beach). This will allow new drivers to get experience in the class and to feel the adrenaline. Let's get the CORs together on this motion and make it happen for Frankie and others. It is the best way to share the excitement before drivers have to make a full conversion to the class specs.

franky's picture

good post thanks for keeping it positive and understanding

Capnzee88's picture

If you will back-up 5 and 6 posts on this subject you will find my ruling on this subject! We will not be re-hashing it over and over. It is strictly up to the drivers and the referee at any given race. All drivers must agree plus the referee if the non-conforming boat is to be allowed to run. I will not be at the Thanksgiving race. I would recommend that further discussion on this topic be not aired on this "open" forum but on PM's or e-mail Thank you all for remaining positive and understanding. Rod Zapf COR Chairman.

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Guys and gals, the high point COR party has suffered a date change. I contacted the High Point Champion, Kevin Taylor and asked him if he could make a one day change to the 16th of December and he has agreed to it. He being the most important man of the evening, the rest of us will just have to be flexible. It wouldn't be much of a Hi-point party with out the Hi-Point winner in attendance. He also said that the R and R Prop shop would be donating a Hi-Point jacket to the COR Class 2011 Hi-Point Champion. SO THE PARTY HAS BEEN RE-SET FOR THE 16TH OF DECEMBER STARTING AT OR AROUND 5:30. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE ZAPF RESIDENCE, 1015-2ND ST. MANHATTAN BEACH. RSVP'S ONLY IF YOU INTEND TO PARTICIPATE. COST WILL BE $20.00 PER PERSON FOR THE EVENING. A FINE STEAK DINNER WILL BE SERVED AND DRINKS WILL BE PROVIDED INCLUDING BEER AND LIGHT ALCOHOL (VODKA, SCOTCH, ETC.). YOU CAN MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE OVER-NIGHT AT THE SEA HORSE INN (310) 576-7951)WHICH IS DIRECTLY AROUND THE CORNER (WALKING DISTANCE) ON 233 SEPULVEDA, MANHATTAN BEACH, CA. IT WOULD ALSO BE NICE IF YOU WOULD INCLUDE THE COST OF THE PARTY WITH YOUR RSVP. ROD

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COR members who have rsvp'd for Hi Point Christmas party Friday December 16th @ 5:30 : Kevin Taylor & guest, Emilio & guest?, Bill James & guest, Dave Caranza & guest, Tim Caranza & guest. If you have any suggestions for rule changes you may save them for the party or email them to me-rodzapf@gmail.com. The suggestions will be taken up at the party and voted on by the COR members on the 16th and submitted to APBA for the 2012 racing year. Rod

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COR Racers,

The deadline for the banquet is Sunday, Nov. 20th at 5:00 p.m. PST to RSVP. If there are not enough sign ups for the banquet, the food portion will be cancelled and we will just hold an Awards Ceremony on Sat. evening. Trisha's email is score93@aol.com and her phone # is 805-217-4604. The cost is $25/adult and $15/children under 12

Next, If you haven't pre-registered for the race here is the info.

The 65th Annual Thanksgiving Regatta at the Blue Water Resort & Casino in Parker on November 25 & 26th. This will be Round #1 of the 2012 Season (series schedule attached). Please click on the link to the race circular:
http://www.apba-racing.com/internal/show_sanction.php?EditID=11029
Please go to http://www.corboatracing.com/?q=apba-entry-forms for all pre-registration forms.

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There are a pair of 2.0's for sale, one running, one for parts--both for 600.00. This should be a "steal" for anyone wanting to go COR racing! Check them out on BRF, engines/parts for sale.

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Greg Ronkainen is the latest of the "new members" to the COR racing family. Greg has purchased a Sleekceraft and has asked for and has been awarded the number 128 . He is now looking for an engine. His phone number is (310) 376-3422 and email is MirageCons@aol.com Emilio ( and so help me, no one has given me his last name, phone number, email address etc ) will be the newest members. Both are planning on attending the Christmas Hi-Points Party. Emilio will most likely be a fully cloaked member after the Thanksgiving Race with full voting privileges, Greg will have to wait until he has a COR race under his belt before he will be able to vote on rule changes etc. Send Greg and Emilio an E-mail and welcome them into our "family of Classic Outboard Runabouts" . COR Chairman, Rod Zapf

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I have heard from a few of the guys that the 2.0 engine is tough to find so I did a little investigating, with the following results: BRF.com-engine (150) running plus 2.0 (175) for parts=600 bucks, Merc 150 (long shaft but Bill James will make swap_ 1500 bucks. Bill James can build a complete COR 150 for around 2000 bucks, Rick Adams "drop-on 120 for 3500 bucks, Lee Buchanan, excellent XR-2 raced Parker once 3000 bucks plus shipping. Scream and Fly has another 150 listed on buy and sell- Why wait, now is the time to buy and you can't find more options.

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I just found a nice XR-2 for new member Greg Ronkainen. Comes complete with controls, foot throttle, hydraulic steering and less than 5 hours. This should just about get him ready for the coming year in the COR racing family. His racing number is #128 and his trade name is the RACING FINN. The engines are out there, you just gotta look! Our COR class is growing rapidly. Rod Zapf, COR Chmn.

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Good luck to all of the COR racers! Drive Safe and most of all, have a good time and come home in one peice! Let me know the results so I can post the points for the new COR racing year. Looking forward to the upcoming "rules meeting and Hi-Points celebration on the 16th of December. Rod Zapf, COR Chmn

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Thanks Rod for getting me back into racing and helping me find a motor etc. Your trust in letting me run the boat at Parker for practice was so appreciated. And I kept in under 80, ha,ha. Also thanks to the Caranza boys for setting me up with the sleekcraft etc. I will be looking for lots of advice in the future rigging up the boat from all of you. I will plan on attending Dec.16 party.

Greg
Flying Finn

45's picture

Hey, Greg let me know when you want that seat.

Tim Carranza
45

Capnzee88's picture

The COR "family" has worked together to put two new members on the water. I can't speak for the team of EMILIO/TAYLOR, but the team of the FLYING FINN/CARANZA/ZAPF have nearly completed the #128 boat for not much over 5000 bucks and I predict that it will run in the middle of the pack! Try putting any other class race boat capable of running in the high 70's and doubling as a "fun" boat on non racing week-ends together for a price like that. Good luck to you Greg, and we are here to help you move your new boat to the front of the pack--and the same goes for Emilio (we need your last name, e-mail and boat number). Rod Zapf, COR Chairman

3030's picture

Fans came out in droves for the 65th Annual Thanksgiving Regatta at the beautiful Blue Water Resort & Casino in Parker, AZ... and they were not disappointed.

Faulty fuels pumps, a blown head gasket, a new Sleekcraft, and the debut of the incredible Flying Wedge made for an exciting weekend of COR Boat Racing. Everybody in the field had a chance to lead a race but in the end it was not enough to hold down the "Prop Man", Kevin Taylor, from continuing his winnings ways by taking the overall victory. Race 1 saw Emilio Migares and his Flying Wedge pop their cherry, in just their rookie race, by taking the checkered flag only find out on the launch ramp that he had been DQed for a starting infraction. Race 2 saw the freshened-up Ron Hill Racing Stoker take the checked flag, thanks to the driving of Mike Q, a head gasket from Kevin and Bruce turning the wrenches. Race 3 saw Kevin and the R&R Prop Shop Stoker take the checkered to round out day one. In race 4, we saw John Soares take the hole shot in the red, white, and blue Sleekcraft, later to be called for jumping the gun, while in race 6 he battled back and forth with the Prop Man finally giving way to the cornering of the Stoker. Overall Results from the weekend:
#1: #234 R&R Prop Shop Stoker driven by Kevin Taylor with 1600 points.
#2: #28 Ron Hill Racing Stoker driven by Mike Q with 1200 points.
#3: #05 Speedracer Starcraft driven Emilio Mijares with 1000 points.
#4: #386 JSR Motosports Sleekcraft driven by John Soares with 300 points.

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#234 KEVIN TAYLOR 1600 PTS #28 HILL/APPLEVALLEY MARINE 1200 PTS #5 EMILIO MIJARES 1000 PTS # 386 JOHNNY SOARES 300 PTS (First race of 2012, 4 COR boats participated--rest of COR class 000 pts as of Novermber 26. Rod Zapf COR Chairman

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Current COR members with voting rights: Bill James, Tim/Dave Caranza(1vote), John Soares, Kevin Taylor, Skip Euwing, Mike Q, Emilio Mijares, Hill/Applevalley Marine, Rod Zapf. The Following have COR boats that are in preparation Pat McLeash (Bahner), Greg Ronkainen(Sleekcraft). See you all at the Hi-points/rules party on December 16th. Remember to RSVP (20 bucks per). I have to buy steaks, booze, soft drinks, salad, bake potatos etc and a Hi-point trophy to be awarded to our Hi points champion. This is a "closed" party and is by invitation only. Those invited are the COR voting members their guests(1) and the two non voting members who are currently preparing COR boats. Rod, COR Chairman.

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Hey guys, great racing this past weekend! Here are videos of the races:

heat 1: http://youtu.be/5W4q_lKcThE

heat 2: http://youtu.be/Z0qTQuFDaGY

heat 3: http://youtu.be/SLbj7dhvBAI

heat 4: http://youtu.be/3itVNlmqfqw

heat 5: http://youtu.be/SPJ6nIha0AY

heat 6: http://youtu.be/O9KThUWRbRQ

ENJOY!

Keith-

3030's picture

Keith , thanks for the great videos.

Propman's picture

Ther was some really great racing this weekend. Johnny S. had a new COR boat (Sleekcraft) together on Saturday and we duked it out in heat six, I saw something I never thought I'd see, that is Johnny diving in lane one, I was looking for him on the outside, and there he is comming up on the inside. Emilio did himself proud with the Starcraft and there were times he raced competitively with every boat on the course. (A little birdie told me he was seeing 75+ mph on his GPS everytime out on the course.) Look for him to be tough in 2012. Mike Q had me laughing in heat six, I passed him in turn one, and looked back and I saw this Monster rooster tail, I thought for a second they let one of those Comp Jets in with a Place Diverter. Turns out it was one of those "group seven errors" where the finger on the trim switch was not obeying the brain in Mike's helmet which I surmize was screaming: "Down! Down! not UP, DOWN!!!" What a great time!

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Probably the best story to come out of this weekend is this one. Emilio and I are rushing to the launch ramp as the sun was setting and Ross had his finger stuck on the Fast Forward switch trying to get the day's racing done. Before either of us could get off the trailer Ross says you're on the clock, so I lit it up the minute the engine hit the water, as I was backing up I hear Emilio go to crank the engine and nothing comes out of the engine but that sickening "ert,.....................ert" which tells you your battery is dead and today's racing is over a little shorter than you had planned. Not to be denied, Emilio climbs to the back opens up his clamshell cowling and pulls out one of the most useless things Mercury ever attached to a V6 outboard, that is a recoil rope. He proceeds to try and wrap it around his high perf flywheel, but of course there are no notches to catch the knot on the recoil rope. (After all, who, in there right mind, would try to start a high perf moter with 150+ lbs of compression... with a rope?) So he tries unsuccessfully to trap the rope under itself a couple of times, but on the third try he gets it to pull over and it sputters to life with a "bump............bump..........and vroom. Thankfully, Ross and his crew saw what was going down and "slowed the clock," allowing Emilio on the water. I'm thinking I'm going to start praying to God's that Emilio prays to.

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Congratulations Emilio, not many "newcomers" come into this game with your kind of "moxie". In fact, I don't know of many "old" timers that would have tried "roping" it to get a start! You must not have your spark advance locked in the full advance position, that might have put you in the lake. Don't forget the Hi-Points/rules party on the 16th. Rod

I've rope started a 2.4 before...you wouldn't think it would work, but Emilio proved it. Now wonder what the inboard guys are going to say about us rope starting our race boats.

3030's picture

It was an impressive showing all around from the R&R Prop Shop prepared boats and Johnny Soares showed-up ready to rumble. The rest of the Californians have some work to do as the class seems to be getting competitive.

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The following is a list of COR members who I believe are planning on attending the COR Hi Points party: Kevin Taylor (2), Bill James (1), Greg Ronkainen (?), Dave Caranza (2), Tim Careanza (2), John Soares (?). Members I have not heard from: Apple Valley Marine (Vicky), Skip Euwing, Emilio Mijares, Hill Marine. The date is December 16th, Time: 5:30-11:00, Menu: steak dinner/drinks, Cost 15.00 per person(I thought 20 bucks might be a little steep but I will probably lose a few bucks in the process). RPM has agreed to furnish the High Point Trophy/plaque. Maybe RandR would like to furnish a 2nd place and Perhaps someone else would like to furnish a 3rd place plaque, or perhaps the 1st place is enough. Questions? Answers? I know it is a long way to travel for most---should we drop it for LOI? Rod Zapf, COR Chairman

Propman's picture

Unless it becomes a problem for you, I think we should continue with our plans. Emilio doesn't think he can make it with his work. What about Mike Q?

Capnzee88's picture

Mik Q cannot be there but Greg R and his wife, the Caranzas and their wives, Johnny Soares are planning on attending. If you plan on making it, we'll make it a go! Wouldn't be much of a high points party without the High Points winner! Rod

thanks for sharing. perhaps the fever will spread East and we can get some going here,too!