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    I'm glad somebody brought up Candy Kid. This was one of the earliest fast boats that raced primarily out of Bakersfield (Hart Park) and didn't get very wide publicity at the time. It was an 80+ mph boat. The boat was owned by Jim and Dorthy Dewar and the name came from their candy and icecream shop (Dewar's) in Bakersfield. This boat was at the top of speed records in the early to mid 50's. It was a time when there were no GMC blowers on boats and the top racers were running Cad and Olds engines with 4-6 strombergs. Candy Kid had a Cadillac engine with a Mcculloch blower. I can't remember the make of the boat hull, but it went from a V in the front to a flat in the rear w/ front and rear seats facing forward and a cover over the engine. Candy Kid certainly deserves it's place in history of fast boats.
    KANDY KID has been restored and been at the Bass Lake Boat show the last few years ago. I built the wood Mandella that Rudy Ramos ran. It was the first boat over 85 mph at Hart Park. Rudy ran 88 and 90 mph.
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    Gary Kincaid owns Showtime Marine.Top Gun was his boat's name.
    I believe it was Top Gunn. @ 240 he is probably the worlds fastest one legged hydro pilot.
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    Don't know the drivers name, the boat was GLADIATOR - early to mid 70s, my Dad & I watched them at Long Beach a few times, what a showman, all in costume, it was a Vegas show on the ramp

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    Don't know the drivers name, the boat was GLADIATOR - early to mid 70s, my Dad & I watched them at Long Beach a few times, what a showman, all in costume, it was a Vegas show on the ramp
    Mike Dubiel was the driver

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    SONNY JONES. MY BOAT TOO BFF
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    HILLBILLY. brain fart on the drivers name
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    Jerry Fulgram (the father) was the first to drive the Hillbilly. i believe later his son also drove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastprogasflat View Post
    Jerry Fulgram (the father) was the first to drive the Hillbilly. i believe later his son also drove.
    hey is that you Jeff M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LB247XS View Post
    hey is that you Jeff M.
    his dad......

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastprogasflat View Post
    his dad......
    Hi Mike its me Dave your neighbor

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    ( Don't know the drivers name, the boat was GLADIATOR - early to mid 70s, my Dad & I watched them at Long Beach a few times, what a showman, all in costume, it was a Vegas show on the ramp)[/QUOTE]

    I remember seeing this crew on the ramp at Long Beach. The driver's helmet had a "bottlebrush" going over it, like a Gladiator's helmet would have, and the crew were all dressed in togas and sandals. There was even an awning over the boat, attached to the trailer, that had a roman "square zig-zag "pattern all around the edges. I was thinking maybe Jerry Gleason was driving that time, but I could very well be mistaken.
    For all the eighteen wheelers, multiple member crews and money spent on boat drag racing today,....it still doesn't match how cool and flashy, and hip, the owners / racers/ rigs were in the sixties thru early seventies.
    I'm sure people remember the "Mortician" UFF being towed thru the pits by a matching hearse tow vehicle!
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    first drag race winner
    DARRELL JENKINS
    I am interested in documenting early drag boating race history before all us old timers loose our memories. If Darrell Jenkins was the first "organized" drag race winner, then it must have been won at Hart Park in Bakersfield, sponsored by the Kern County Boat and Ski Club. I say this because Darrell Jenkins was a member of the Kern County Boat and Ski Club and back prior to 1955, I believe Darrell raced primarily at Hart Park. I can't remember any other places where they raced. If he was the first drag boat race winner, he must have raced prior to 1955 when Kandy Kid, driven by Jim Dewar, held the drag boat speed record. I could also conclude that Hart Park was the birthplace of organized drag boat racing and the Kern County Boat and Ski Club ran the first formally organized drag boat event? Do you know what year Darrell won this first drag race event?

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    Sunny Jones - been told he was the only driver ever to be licensed in all the classes for drag boat racing the TAF Memorial trophy is named in his honor. His son Greg is racing in TAF class now. Would be great to see him get that trophy.

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