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    Greg I ran into a old drag boat racer from the 70's off craigslist of all places. He first started out in jets. His name is Carl Yates. Apparently he took home some championships and came close to a world record. He doesn't have any pictures or documentation and I though it would be neat to reach out and see what I can find.

    The boats he raced were; Sunday funnies, bunt line special, & mother huffer. I think some of those maybe Hydros.

    Do you recall seeing the name Yates or any of these boats? He raced in the NDBA.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    bunt line was hydro seen it many times

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohflat View Post
    bunt line was hydro seen it many times
    Any pics? I tried searching but no joy
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    Bunt line early 70 troy ohio

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohflat View Post
    Bunt line early 70 troy ohio
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    Quote Originally Posted by 72Hondo View Post
    Greg I ran into a old drag boat racer from the 70's off craigslist of all places. He first started out in jets. His name is Carl Yates. Apparently he took home some championships and came close to a world record. He doesn't have any pictures or documentation and I though it would be neat to reach out and see what I can find.

    The boats he raced were; Sunday funnies, bunt line special, & mother huffer. I think some of those maybe Hydros.

    Do you recall seeing the name Yates or any of these boats? He raced in the NDBA.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Robert.
    Heard of all the names but can't put a face on the driver. I'm sure we will get some input from guys on the boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72Hondo View Post
    The boats he raced were; Sunday funnies,............
    Robert,

    There is one boat in East Texas that is a '76 Youngblood TX-19 Narrow Cockpit jetboat that was raced under the name Sunday Funnies. I believe it raced out of the Dallas area with engine by Mike Straughan and Pump and setup by J.D. Sims of Performance Jetboats in Dallas. This hull is muti colors of blue metalflake and after sitting in a warehouse for close to 10 years is now back on the lake. I do not know about the driver but figured I would touch base with Mike or J.D. someday to find out.

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    There was also a Sunday Funnies flatbottom driven by Rik Kent.... which later became the boat sponsored by Dr Pepper.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72Hondo View Post
    Greg I ran into a old drag boat racer from the 70's. His name is Carl Yates. Apparently he took home some championships and came close to a world record.

    The boats he raced were; Sunday funnies, bunt line special, & mother huffer. I think some of those maybe Hydros.

    Do you recall seeing the name Yates or any of these boats? He raced in the NDBA.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Robert.
    Hello, I believe the boat "Sunday Funnies" was a shovel nose hydro, likely a Sanger? It was white with cartoons hand lettered all over it. The painting was most likely done by Pat Moore. The boat was owned and I believe driven by Vic Watson. Vic owned Corvette Body and Ski Boat Sales on Ford Road in either Garden City or Westland Michigan. Vic was a Sanger dealer, that's why I said most likely a Sanger. Vic later had a boat named Outer Limits. It was black with planets and space related things painted on it. I believe this was a pickel fork and I think both boats raced Blown Gas Hydro? Vic passed away a few years ago.

    Buntline Special was a shovel nose hydro driven by Frank Dade. It was white with purple trim and ran Blown Fuel Hydro.

    Mother Huffer was my Dad, Duane Stankiewicz's boat. It was a 1970 or 71 Charger flatbottom. He raced Unblown Gas Flatbottom with a 427 Ford in 1971, parts of 1972 and 1973. In 1972 he ran Blown Fuel Flatbottom with a 392 Chrysler borrowed from Homer Tolliver. And in 1973 he ran Blown Gas Flatbottom with a 427 Ford. 1973 was the last year he raced as an owner or driver. He later helped out on various boats. That boat was sold to the current owner in April of 1974. I have seen very little ever printed or mentioned about any of my Dad's boats, so this caught my attention. We lived in Walled Lake, Michigan. I was born in 1966, so I was fairly young at this time and don't remember all of it.

    These boats may have raced at Ford Lake, Mighigan; Oxford Michigan; Piqua Ohio; Hazard Kentucky in NDBA. Another NDBA facility in Columbiaville Michigan opened in 1973 and ran for about 15 or 20 years. I remember going there as a kid clearing land for the pit and spectator areas with my parents before the first race in 1973.

    I do not remember the name Carl Yates. I have a few friends who are a little older than I am, they probably remember better.

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    Pretty interesting read. I actually own one of Vic Watson's old personal boats, a 1971 Sanger Catalina that was called "Let's Boogie". I'm getting ready to start restoration on it this winter. Anybody got any pictures of his old race boats? Couldn't find anything online. I purchased the Catalina from his niece and was fortunate to get some vintage pics of it from her.

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    i dont remember him having a sanger catilina nor a neise but i may be wrong, my dad helped build most of vic's boats as he worked with vic in that time period, i would like to see pics of that boat and maybee it would jog my memory, sunday funnies came before outer limits and before that he had "long shot" blown gas flat and "short shot" blown gas hydro, all of which i have lots of pics of and need to dig them out, as for the catilina it might of been a boat he built for someone, i know there were 2 boats he built for a couple rock bands, and my dad was involved with them as well, i will go through some old records he kept and also pictures as i took a lot of pics of most of the boats that were built out of corvette body in the late 60s early 70s, now you got me thinking and curious.. post pics of what you have.

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    I've got several pics of the boat back in the late 70's as well as some current ones. I'll get them posted up this evening when I get home. The boat was metal flake purple with a pearl white band around it and was called "Let's Boogie". His niece Karen and her husband John bought the boat from Vic in the late 70's and brought it with them when they moved to South Carolina in the late 80's. It developed a miss in the 454 in it, and the engine was removed for repair. Unfortunately, as these things go, the project got shoved aside and has sat since, outside. My plan is to restore it to it's original condition.

    On a side note-I was told Vic wanted the boat faster, and pulled the original 454 out when the boat was new and replaced it with a built LS-6 454 out of a Corvette street racer that he had at his Corvette shop. That's the engine that remained in it the rest of the time it was together.

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    Here's a pic when I bought it. I was told Vic built the trailer it's on also. The covers over the trailer wheels were hand painted with "Ski Boat Sales", Garden City MI and the phone number. Overall still very solid, paints shot obviously.

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