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    Hey guys just wounding if anyone has some pics or info on the daytona named The Gambler .
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    You mean JP's? It's hanging on his wall. joe is really friendly these days go see him he'll tell you all about it...lol. I think there is a thread or two that has info on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMorton View Post
    You mean JP's? It's hanging on his wall. joe is really friendly these days go see him he'll tell you all about it...lol. I think there is a thread or two that has info on it.
    Jeff Bennett and myself built the Gambler for John Spyskma before JP owned it. John has passed away but I know his grandson has all kinds of pictures of it . I will try to get ahold of him and see if he can post some.There were I beleive 3 drivers Tony DeNunzio,Myself, and Joe Podwadski. After John bought Showtime USA BGH we ran both together traveling
    to a number of race's together. Eventually Joe purchased the Gambler from John and went his own way. Truely one of the best jet boats of all it's time. The Gambler got's it's name ,because John would not fly so he always drove and would always route his trips thru Las Vegas, he loved to gamble. So one trip thru Vegas he hit the big one and scored 50,000.00$ came home and said we are building a new boat and thus the Gambler was born.

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    Keep going Greg, you know the rest of the history and I know Joe won't chime in. I wish he would, you guys have a lot of history between your ears. I heard a little story the other day from a bird about why all Joe's river boats were yellow.

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    I'll have to go by an talk to Jp . An thanks for the info on the gambler that helped out a lot I could not find anything on the boat hope to see some pics

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    I own one of the primarily yellow CP's that JP was involved with his son in law since 2007, but never heard about the yellow boat story. As I remember he also at the time had a solid yellow CP for sale as well. I too have one or two old pics of Joe racing @ Parker late 70's or early 80's. I need help posting and scanning them, see if I can get it done. PS that boats for sale if interested.

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    Here are some pics that Johns Grandson had posted over on RDs Place

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    Quote Originally Posted by holorinhal View Post
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    The first picture is me at Firebird when we put Mo Chruchman BAJ engine in the Gambler and ran BFJ. We won the event and ran in the high 30's. The next 2 photo's were of Tony De Nunzio. The last picture I think was for a TV show called Amerian Speed and Beauty starring Elke Sommer who was a pretty hot chick back in those days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    The first picture is me at Firebird when we put Mo Chruchman BAJ engine in the Gambler and ran BFJ. We won the event and ran in the high 30's. The next 2 photo's were of Tony De Nunzio. The last picture I think was for a TV show called Amerian Speed and Beauty starring Elke Sommer who was a pretty hot chick back in those days!
    question for you. assuming you were around eliminator when the gambler hull was laid up (or somewhere nearby). that was a great hull.
    question is; what are the differences in layup between then and now? not specifically, but are materials the same? slight difference? big differences? also, assuming the mold is slightly different than it was. no difference, or substantially different? evolved over time, or just recently when they were sold/purchased?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bp298 View Post
    question for you. assuming you were around eliminator when the gambler hull was laid up (or somewhere nearby). that was a great hull.
    question is; what are the differences in layup between then and now? not specifically, but are materials the same? slight difference? big differences? also, assuming the mold is slightly different than it was. no difference, or substantially different? evolved over time, or just recently when they were sold/purchased?
    The boats we layup today verse's back then todays can be built at the same weight but are substancially stronger. Resin's are better, in the glass dept. we have more options available to us. We can just build a better part. The mold Eliminator has is the second mold that has a small radius in the center keel. The mold Mike and I have is the original but has been modified so that it will accept bigger power more easily. The Gambler came out of the mold weighing rite around 340 lbs before doing the bottom and final flow coat so I would guesstamate around 360 lbs ready to start rigging. That boat was just one of those boats that just keep giving.Very easy to hardware and was very readable. We ran a number of engine combinatios in the Gambler and the boat just never did anything stupid.

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    Greg, thanks for sharing. I love hearing about the good ol-days. Wish i could have been there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballztech View Post
    Greg, thanks for sharing. I love hearing about the good ol-days. Wish i could have been there.
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    What year was the Gambler laid up? Hard to tell in the pics, and not that it matters, but the gel looks similar to the gel on my 89 21' Daytona and almost identical to a 19' I saw in Broken bow last summer.


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    Greg do you feel you are a better driver than blue balls Declark?

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