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AquaCraft Race Results

2007 IMPBA Internats
July 27 - August 4, 2007
Seville, OH
Hosted by the Performance Model Boat Club


A nice picture of the beautiful pond in Seville


A bit of the Team AquaCraft pit area. Mike Z. is taking a break in between racing action.

The IMPBA Internats, which is one of the premier boat events and the US Nationals in R/C boating was held in Seville, Ohio by the Performance Model Boat Club. They did an incredible job with this huge event. It was their first and would imagine they will host many more in years to come. In fact, this was the first time the Nationals have been held in Ohio.

There were 303 entries at this event with many of the top racers in the country in attendance. Racers traveled from 17 different states and 3 different countries including France to attend this premier event

Our Team racers did a spectacular job this year and took home some serious hardware for the Team Aquacraft trophy case.

Russ Williamson:
3 National Championships;

20-Tunnel Modified
AquaCraft Top Speed "X" (Mike Z design), AQU/Grim 40x53 metal prop, O.S. .21XM powered, Futaba 3PK with 2.4, O'Donnell 65% boat fuel, O'Donnell glow plugs, DTX 5-cell receiver pack

Sport 20 Hydroplane
O.S. VZM .21 powered AquaCraft Miss Vegas, AQU/Grim 40x52/3-blade metal prop, Futaba 3PK with 2.4, O'Donnell 65% boat fuel, O.S. Turbo Plug, DTX 5-cell receiver pack

Sport 20 Tunnel
AquaCraft Top Speed "X" with AQU/Grim 40x53 metal prop, O.S. 21XM, Futaba 3PK with 2.4, O'Donnell 65% boat fuel, O'Donnell plugs, DTX 5-cell receiver pack

Pics of Russ and his Championship Machines:

20-Tunnel Modified

Sport-20 Hydroplane

The other members of Team AquaCraft made a strong showing this year, here are the results of their efforts.

Mike Zaborowski:

20 Tunnel Modified - 3rd place
Nemesis hull (own design), Futaba 3PK with 2.4, O'Donnell 65% boat fuel, O'Donnell plug, DTX 5-cell receiver pack

Sport 20 Hydroplane - 2nd place Scratch built hull, AQU/Grim 40x52/3-blade metal prop, O.S. .21XM powered, Futaba 3PK with 2.4, O'Donnell 65% boat fuel, O.S. Turbo plug, DTX 5-cell receiver pack

Sport 20 Tunnel - 2nd place AquaCraft Top Speed "X", AQU/Grim 40x52/3-blade metal prop, O.S. .21XM powered, Futaba 3PK with 2.4, O'Donnell 65% boat fuel, O'Donnell glow plugs, DTX 5-cell receiver pack

Sport 40 Hydroplane - 3rd place, O..S. 46 marine, O'Donnell Boat fuel, O'Donnell plug, Futaba 3VCS 2-stick 2.4


Greg Hahn:

20 Hydro outrigger - 5th place
Own design hull, Futaba 3PK 2.4, AQU/Grim L45x68 metal prop, O'Donnell 65% boat fuel, O.S. 21VZM, O.S. Turbo Plug.

1/8 Scale Unlimited Hydroplane - 5th place
Futaba 3PK 2.4, O'Donnell 30% boat fuel, O.S. .65 marine, O'Donnell glow plug.

Congratulations to Performance Model Boat Club, Team AquaCraft, and all of the other racers that made this event a success! We are all looking forward to another exciting event next year.


IMPBA    NAMBA

NAMBA Fast Electric Nationals
June 27-July 1 2007
Monroe, WA

This years Fast Electric Nationals were held at Tye Lake in Monroe, Washington. Electric boat racing is growing by leaps and bounds, utilizing new technologies, and setting new records with nearly every race. Team AquaCraft's Mike Zaborowski, Russ Williamson, and Jerry Dunlap represented AquaCraft Models and Futaba at this growing event.


Limited Sport Hydro (LSH) Winners

1st Place Grimracer (Mike Zaborowski, center) with a perfect score of 1200 pts

  • Hull, Bandit Shovel (no longer in production)
  • Futaba 3VCS 2.4
  • DuraTrax 4200 NIMH batteries
  • Hobbico Dual Peak charger
  • AquaCraft/Grimracer L44x66 propeller

P Sport Hydro Winners

1st Place Brian Bauus

3rd Place Grimracer (Mike Zaborowski)

  • AquaCraft Prototype hull
  • Futaba 3VCS 2.4
  • Ammo by Great Planes 3655 2600kv motor
  • DuraTrax 4200 NIMH batteries
  • Hobbico Dual Peak charger
  • AquaCraft/Grimracer 40x52/3 Propeller

SuperVee 27 Spec Class Winners

The SuperVee 27 is a well respected boat and was very well represented at this event. The SuperVee 27 has become so popular that the event ran an all SuperVee 27 spec class and it was the second largest class running at the race! Team member Jerry Dunlap (center) was the winner in the class.


Mike Zaborowski (left) and Russ Williamson (right) present the lucky winner Mr. Ray Fuller with a brand new AquaCraft Supervee 27 Brushless that was donated by AquaCraft Models.


The Charleston RC Model Boat Club's third annual National Tunnel Hull Championships
24th and 25th of March 2007
Walterboro SC

The Charleston RC Model Boat Club hosted their third annual National Tunnel Hull Championships on the 24th and 25th of March 2007 in Walterboro SC. Team members Mike Zaborowski and Jerry Dunlap made the trip to the southeast to represent. They start racing early in South Carolina, this years event was a good way for Team AquaCraft and Team Futaba to start the year.

Mike's achievements at this years event included:

  • 1st place in the events largest class; 20 Mod Tunnel
  • High Points Award based on two classes
  • Winner of this year's the Long distance award
  • Plus a 2nd place finish in 20 Sport Tunnel

Jerry Dunlap was racing hard as well, he had a 1st and a 3rd place plaque to make room for on his trophy room wall.


20 Sport Tunnel

1st Keven Lee (center)
2nd Grimracer (Mike Zaborowski, left)
3rd John Otto (right)

  • Mike's Setup:
  • Hull: AquaCraft Top Speed
  • Engine: OSXM
  • Prop: Grimracer 4052/3
  • Fuel: O'Donnell 65%
  • Plug: O'Donnell ODO88
  • Radio: Futaba 3PK/ 2.4 FASST system

20 Mod Tunnel

1st Grimracer (Mike Zaborowski, center) Futaba's FASST system and O'Donnell fuel and plugs
2nd Mike Locke (left)
3rd Ron Drake (right)


1st Jerry Dunlap (center) Futaba radio / O'Donnell fuel and plugs
2nd Mark Scott (left)
3rd Mark Hopper (right)


1st John Otto (center) Shaman
2nd Shane Adderly (right)
3rd Jerry Dunlap (center) Futaba radio and O'Donnell Fuel and Plugs


River City Racing Club annual Spring Shootout, Saturday May 19, 2007

The River City Racing Club held it's annual Spring Shootout, Saturday May 19, 2007. The race, which was held at Eagle-Crest Lake in Evansville, Indiana, home of the 2002 and 2006 IMPBA Internats, was a District 14 Points event.

AquaCraft marine designer and Factory Racer Mike Zaborowski had an exceptional weekend, taking 1st place in .21 Tunnel with an AquaCraft Top Speed and also capturing 1st place in Sport 20 Hydro with .18 powered AquaCraft Miss Vegas hydro. Both of Mike's boats took advantage of our very own GrimRacer High Performance Metal Props and Marine Accessories. Power was provided by O.S. Engines, and O'Donnell Boat fuel and glow plugs. Futaba FASST radio gear helped guide his boats to victory.

AquaCraft Racer Wayne George had a good showing with his Miss Vegas and Top Speed hulls taking well deserved 4th place in .21 Tunnel and Sport 20 Hydro respectively.

Mike Z. With his winning boats:


The winner of the AquaCraft Miss Vegas RTR that was donated by AquaCraft Models
was Mr. Buddy Benidict. Looks like he is going to enjoy his newest boat!


NAMBA

AquaCraft Models "Top Speed" takes the "top spot" once again at the 2006 NAMBA Nationals

Chris Wittrig, running the new AquaCraft Models Top Speed, won the highly competitive 20 Mod Tunnel Hull class at the 2006 NAMBA Nationals held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on July 8-9.

Chris checked out and put on a driving clinic, taking the convincing win. What's even more impressive is that this win makes it two National Championships in a row for the AquaCraft Top Speed design... more proof that the AquaCraft team doesn't sit on its laurels but is constantly working to improve the AquaCraft line of championship contenders!



Top Speed 2 Challenge

AquaCraft sponsored the "Top Speed 2 Challenge" at both National events held in July 2005.


Jerry Dunlap at Rollinsford

The Top Speed 2 Team Challenge and Champions Challenge events were enthusiastically received at both the NAMBA Nationals in Rollinsford, NH and the IMPBA Internats in Jackson, TN. The 5 team slots filled up very quickly weeks before the National events were to take place.

5 Top Speed 2 Tunnel Hulls were identically prepared. Each TS2 hull was a different color. This was an "IROC" event. All used O.S. .21XM Outboard engines, O'Donnell 50% Boat Fuel, 440 Props-4-U Propellers. Team AquaCraft prepared each hull and tuned each engine for all 5 boats to perform as identical as possible. Racing proved to be driver ability instead of superior speed and handling.

The TS2 Challenge and Champion Challenge consist of 5 teams with 4 drivers per team. Each member drove a enduro race against the other team member. Total laps were accumulated after 4 rounds of racing. Team with the most laps wins the Challenge.

Champions Challenge consisted of this years 5 National Champions in the top 5 largest classes held during the Nationals.

The Team Champions in Rollinsford were all from the Bay Area in California and the Champions winner was from Florida. The Team Champions at the IMPBA Internats were all sponsored drivers from different locations around the country. The IMPBA Champions Challenge winner won with consistent driving in each round.

AquaCraft presented trophies to the Team Challenge and the Champion Challenge winners at both National event race banquet.


Team Winners at Rollinsford


Champions' Challenge Race at Jackson, TN

Champions' Winner - Jerry Crowther
  

Team Winners at Jackson, TN

Champions Winner - Steve Hearl


Top Speed 2 Racing Action


Russ Williamson and Joe Monahan in pits at Rollinsford


AquaCraft Top Speed 2 takes NAMBA Nationals by storm!


Mark Fredericks (left) takes first place with his white Top Speed 2 in the 3.5 Stock Tunnel class on July 11, 2005. Jerry Dunlap (right), designer of the Top Speed 2, takes second place. Both Top Speeds are equipped with Futaba radio gear and powered by O.S. 21XM outboards using O'Donnell fuel.



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