Sprint Boats Return
To Marine Stadium On
August 7 & 8, 2010
Long Beach, California – July, 2010 - Since 1946, the Southern California Speedboat Club (SCSC) has been conducting races at the “birthplace” of powerboat racing on the West Coast, Long Beach Marine Stadium. Once a year, in August, the Southern California Speedboat Club stages the annual Long Beach Sprint Nationals weekend of American Power Boat Association (APBA) National Championships for sprint boat racing featuring twelve classes of the fastest flatbottom, V-Bottom, Tunnel, Jet Boats and PWC’s from around the nation competing for bragging rights, titles and their share of prize money.
Designated the “Long Beach Sprint Nationals” presented by ARP & Ahern Rentals, Rex Marine, The Solder Joint/PCI Racing Radios, Teague Custom Marine and Sea-Tow, however, the real beneficiaries are the thousands of spectators who turn out to experience the best high powered boat racing in the world.
There will be twelve separate and very different classes of boats competing, from the nimble SST-45 Tunnel boats with their enclosed capsules and outboard motors that turn extremely hard (3-4 g’s) and seem to literally fly down the course with most of the boat out of the water led by local favorite and current Western Formula Light Series points leader R.J. West, #45, Skelton Racing, Valencia, CA against the likes of past Long Beach Sprint Nationals Champion, #10 Jason Williams, Alta Loma, to the water pounding K Racing Runabouts (K Boats) led by past National champion and drag boat racer extraordinaire, Tony Scarlata, Suisun City, CA piloting the K-69- “Freedom Child" owned by Gordon Jennings, Foothill Ranch, CA & Dave Rankin, Hacienda Heights, CA. These blown alcohol flat bottoms that are guaranteed to have the entire crowd at the waters edge to marvel at their awesome power and speed and stare in wonder at how the drivers managed to keep their craft under control. Tony will be challenged by a throng of veterans and some hard charging newcomers.
Just as old as the SCSC, the Cracker box class with their unique configuration of flat bottom boat with a driver and rider sitting behind the 314 cubic inch V8’s makes this class the perennial crowd favorite as they thrash their 15.5 foot length hulls around the course racing rail to rail with everyone holding on for dear life. The Super Stock Flat bottoms and Pro Stock Flat bottoms each capable of reaching speeds over 120 mph down the straights will see some tremendous competition as Amy Ross will be defending her National Championship boat, the P-69- “The Enemy” against a field of tough competition. In the Super Stock class, Dave Rankin’s, Hacienda Heights, CA SS #80, appropriately named “Wild Child” will defend their title for the 3rd year in a row against a tough field of competitors. The Grand National’s Bill Wheeler, GN7 will defend his title in the Grand National “V-Bottom” class against Joey Cucci, Lake Havasu City, AZ driving for Ted Kolby, Marina Del Rey, CA in “The Bodysnatcher” GN #24 and the rest of the field. From the drop of the flag to the last lap the GN’s are sure to keep the crowd on their feet. Returning again this year is an old crowd favorite, the Comp Jets. The Personal Water Craft (PWC) class as usual will pit manufacturers against each other with Mike Follmer, #2 driving for Yamaha against the onslaught of Sea-Doo’s and Kawasaki’s. Returning in 2010 will be the Nostalgia Flatbottom class. These meticulously restored flat bottom boats from the yesteryear of boat racing will race around Marine Stadium as they once did in the 60’s and 70’s!
Once again in 2010 the Long Beach Sprint Nationals will hold historic significance because there will be APBA National Championships at stake as well as North American Championships. With all of these Championships at stake, the racing is guaranteed to be World Class as boats from all over the country will be arriving to join the over 100 boat armada assembling to wow the Long Beach crowds.
There will also be a vendor midway that will feature everything from souvenirs to food and beverage booths as well as a beer garden. The racing pits are also open to everyone and fans are encouraged to get a close up look at the boats and talk to the drivers and their crews, many of whom have hero cards that they will gladly autograph. Bring your family and friends and share the legacy that is Southern California Speedboat Club Sprint Boat racing at Marine Stadium. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. racing starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15.00 per adult and children under 10 are free. Military with active I.D. are also free! Parking is $10.00/vehicle/day and $30/RV/Day. Coolers will be inspected as there is NO Alcohol permitted, there is a beer garden on-site.
Motorhomes: Please note that RV Parking on the North Side of the Stadium Only. RV/Motor home move in is on Saturday morning - 8:00 a.m., first come, first served. RV/Motorhome parking on the parking lot area only (down by the rowing club), nose in (perpendicular to the race course) and spectators must pre-pay for both days- $30/day plus $15/adult- children under 10 free, active military ID free. Move out is Sunday night after the races. If arriving on Friday, you may park for free at Basin 6 parking lot (between Long Beach Yacht sales and Joe's Crab Shack, across from the Seaport Marina Hotel). Please do not line up until Saturday morning.
For More Information please visit www.scscracing.com or call (310) 318-4012.