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Irvine V-Drive Regatta 2008 - Part Two

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by , 12-22-2008 at 05:03 AM (7080 Views)

I have been a boater for the better part
of 40 years and owner of Rex Marine
since 1981. In my blogs I will attempt to
tell a story of each event I cover,
from my perspective and through my
photos. I hope more people will become
involved as spectators or racers as a result
of my coverage. Enjoy

Irvine V-Drive Regatta - Part Two

I also missed the earlier run of Billy-B in the K-11 machine. This boat is used on the river and has been clocked at 140+ mph. Show and go. The king of bling, Billy is a custom painter from Upland, CA and his paint jobs adorn a number of boats at this event.

But enough about the K-boats, there was much more to this event that the racers.

The main part of the weekend belonged to the average v-drive boater who brought his rig out to run to his heart’s desire. And that in my estimation was the unique part of the event. You could run as much or as little as you wanted. Some guys brought race boats for testing. Others had their river runners just making passes. There were some stout pieces in attendance, and there were some stockers. The campground was full as overnight camping was allowed with reservations in advance. Many took advantage of it. Performance Boats was there in force with photography coverage (not only me but a pro also, I just play at photography), a videographer, with Jim Wilkes doing interviews.

A few vendors were in attendence including Prime Marine, Casale, Liporshio's Silk Screening, and others. A live band played before and after the K-boat challenge awards on Saturday.

Back in the pits Tony Scarlata (Jetboatguru on the pb forums) enjoys a lovely donut.

Brian Metcalf’s, Cole TR6, was the second to last boat that came out of Cole's shop. Brian bought his first boat when he was 16 years old when he didn’t even own a car. This boat is a TR-4 top and TR-2 bottom, blown gas, 500 lb hull, with a 559 ci Donovan engine. This is Brian’s 3rd Cole and he’s sponsored and been involved with numerous other drag boats through the years. Brian is currently racing in the NJBA with this boat.

This 64 Patterson, called Instant Madness is a real classic complete with 426 Chrysler hemi

Not only is Wayne's K-50 a showpiece, his helmet is pretty nice too…

Dan Bell’s immaculate Rayson Craft…

The K-11 Cav Plate Hardware is up to Billy’s bling level it would appear…

Dave Rankin and his SS-80 Wild Child were in the house…

This beauty runs an old nailhead Buick and a pretty unique blower system

It’s not all about boats

Scarlata is always up for a photo shoot

Scarlata and Jennings take the honors for the K-boat challenge at day’s end

Scarlata gets the cash for the fastest lap of the weekend in the K-5 from Dave Noyes

Gordy, Jim Wilkes, and Irvine Lake manager Dave Noyes as Gordy says a few words after receiving his trophy for winning the K-boat challenge.

Continued in Part Three...

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