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    Default B-impellor, B-boat, Bedtime Story:

    Well, here I go: First jet post;
    It was the week before Christmas, nothing was stirring but that sticky goo in my stained mug of coffee, heck the spoon was smoking!! The phone rang and a friend asked me to pick up and store a boat for him outasight of his wifie (opps), just until the New Year had begun or he or me had sold it. OK, for you Jim, Ill do it! 1500 was the asking price less engine.
    Only place in the yard was behind the shop next to the ole apple tree, so in she went, all 20 feet of white and metalflake Biesemeyer! "Heck Jim" I joked, "I knew you liked Jetters but this boats sick and looks way too familiar"! "Sure looks like the boat I shot a picture of way back in my slot car days.....yep, I remember that name", I remarked.
    I was in possession of 'QuitYourBitchin' and a 35 year old Polaroid of the very same boat I had viewed and drooled over while cruising the 1970 Spokane Auto Boat and Speed Show! Incredible, I even found the picture much less the boat.
    Metalflake blue and white with red pin striping and lettering, the B-boat cruiser was awesome with polished big block, huge OTs, and ominous Berkeley poking into the next guys display space! This was before my internet days so I didnt know about b-boats, just this particular boat had lots of owners and looking for another.
    Wanna hear more? Ok, just a tad bit.
    Phone rang again the very next day and my Drag racing partner, Richard, asked if I knew of any good boat deals around. "Yes, get your wife out here fast" I replied.
    Well, to make a long story short, Richard and Karla bought the boat from Jim. That Winter we built 'QuitYourBitchin's last motor together, in fact it's the last project we ever completed together before he passed away with a Brain Anurism. Don't be sad. You see Richard had only a few years to live after receiving the first successful Kidney transplant in a Diabetic on Insulin. The Drs. estimate was 5-10 of life expectancy!
    This jetboat provided so much fun and final commraderie between our two familys, that I thought you would get a kick out of a few more details as to what happened while building & boating in the summer of 89.... By the way, Dick (Richard) became the first blind person to race around Priest lake or any other lake for that matter AT THE WHEEL!
    Wanna hear more? of a Christmas time b-boat story?

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    Default Guess not

    24 lurkers and no response.....I'll go back to where I belong! Merry Christmas anyway!

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    Boyd get your sorry azz back here and tell us more or I'm gonna send some more snow your way.

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    Cool story, any pics?

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    Default I know this deserves pictures.........but

    I think I know where the boat is now so maybe I can get some later if there is interest . A fellow at Mikes Marine has bought it back, anyone been there lately? I'll try to get some. Now first a little history on my best friend:
    OK, this totally (100%) blind buddy built top alcohol dragsters and the best BBC engines in Spokane, how can I say that? I was his driver and never hurt one. He could arc weld, grind blocks for strokers, use micrometers, assemble engines, and much more. The only thing Dick needed help with was timing motors and driving, however, he also did these things also! He asked for my help,it would seem, to make me feel wanted! Initial timing was set with a buzzer, I just eyeball checked his setting!
    Driving example:
    The B&J 3 speed trans in our 250" rail would not stay in gear so I lost my last race of the 84 season. One week later he called to say,"It's fixed and works fine"! "How can this be, you must fire it up, put a load on the clutch before it pops the trans into nuetral" I replyed.
    He explained: I simply asked my wife to unplug the starter leads after it had fired, watch for gawkers, stand clear and watch his burnout!!
    Down the paved Northside alley he smoked the 17"ers in Low! By using the echo off his neighbors garages made by the 2 1/2 zoomies, the Blown 509 easily lit the tires with no trans problems! He had adjusted the shifter correctly, fixing the 6 second 215mph car himself!
    A blind man was NOT arrested that day for breaking any city ordinances, or ticketed for reckless driving, or driving an unlicensed vehicle on public roads!!
    Dick calmly stated, that none of his neighbors wanted to be the ones reporting a Blind person driving a race car up their alley......who would believe them, would you??? Good point! Incredible man, and it was my pleasure to see him staring in a TV documentary on the old 'That's Incredible' show with hosts; John Davidson and Cathy Lee Crosby. Remember that? I still have shirts to prove it.
    I suppose you would like to know why the race car was replaced with a Jet Boat and not a v-drive?!
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    Out with it!!!! WT


    SOMEONE SAID YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU! SO,IM BURNING IT UP ONE GALLON AT A TIME!
    WT

    WFL Crew!!!

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    Hey sourpuss, keep this going would ya? Sounds like a n awesome guy and it's good to remember what real life used to be like.

    In our neighborhood, we use to have a TAD run down the street after they would get it ready for the race. Never knew what or why they would do it but loved everytime they did.

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    Dont have much time but.........after giving Dick a fast ride in my v-drive Lavey Craft circle race boat and telling him hold on tight, he calmly turned in my direction and said, "Is that all"?!



    Yes, that's all there is......and he bought a jet boat! Wanna know how he drove his?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerkizoid View Post
    Dont have much time but.........after giving Dick a fast ride in my v-drive Lavey Craft circle race boat and telling him hold on tight, he calmly turned in my direction and said, "Is that all"?!



    Yes, that's all there is......and he bought a jet boat! Wanna know how he drove his?
    I do,awesome story I just hope I`m not buying into a funny.either way I just came in from the garage my back kills,some good reading though.

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    Ok, I'm in. Do tell, how does a blind man race a boat? And ya, some pics would add greatly to the story. I like stories told like I'm a third grader, more pics and not too many big words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerkizoid View Post
    ......and he bought a jet boat! Wanna know how he drove his?
    ... not sure how he chose his direction, but I'll bet it was WFO

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    Default Ever hear the saying

    'you never know what you have until lose it'? Of course. Dick is a good example of this and with Diabetis running its course, poor blood circulation creates problems with feet and legs. Yes Dick got the usual infections and had to have part of his foot removed.
    "At least", he stated,"It's not my gas pedal foot"! Then, the Hospital scrubbed the skin off the wrong foot prior to surgery on the left one!
    Infection followed in the gas foot but, he could wear an open toed shoe and the boat ride was still ON!
    First the family all cruised with me doing the driving honors....this provided needed break in time on the LS6.......then later we were the only ones left.
    OK, NOW HERE'S THE PLAN; My tap on your right shoulder means TURN RIGHT, and left TAP TURN LEFT. A tap on his baseball cap meant, 'all clear, mass the gas'! Which he did!
    Can anyone imagine not being able to drive anything for 10 years and then feel that sensation once more your first time driving YOUR boat? Not to mention going from dragster driver to handicapped Blind person! Dang!

    Later on that ride I had to reach down and physically pull his foot off the loud pedal! 'WHAT DID THAT MEAN", he barked. "You ran out of lake and speeding onto the beach", I replied! OH! In other words, STOP. Incidently, He did know what direction he was heading by the warmth of the Sun on his red face......

    Stop we did at the dock and Dick would not get out of his new toy so we finished up his birthdays' daylight hours polishing and sharing stories only close friends do in private, that hot sunny August day, 1980something...........RIP Dick Richard Hand.........miss you bad bud!
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    loving memory of Dick and the 'RAT NOW' dragster, my blown motor will be running soon, I have a line on affordable injection!

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    Awesome man make you wonder what he could have done if he could have been able to see.

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