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    Very impressive when you think about how long ago he did this.
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    Inventor Garfield Wood was a world champion speed boat racer in the early 20th century, winning prestigious Gold Cup races five years in a row from 1917-1921. He made his fortune with his Wood Hoist Company, which built hydraulic lifts that dumped railroad coal cars. He later changed the company name to Garwood Industries and began producing other items, including quality wooden speed boats and commercial truck bodies.
    Garfield Wood was a bit of a stunt man, too, racing his boats against a train more than 1,250 miles up the East Coast (he won) and the Twentieth Century Limited train up the Hudson River from New York City to Albany (he won that one, too). Beginning in 1920, “Gar” Wood began building his own race boats. With his designer, Nap Lisee, Gar Wood built a series of 10 Miss America boats that were the fastest speed boats of their day. With Gar at the helm, the Miss America boats won the Harmsworth trophy eight times in 12 years. Gar’s brother, George, also won a Harmsworth Trophy in 1931, aboard the Miss America VIII, in a year when Gar was disqualified for jumping the start. This made the Miss America VIII a two-time winner of the largest speed boat event of its day, with victories in 1929 and 1931 added to a second place finish to the new Miss America IX in 1930
    After Gar Wood met Harry Miller at the Indianapolis 500 in May of 1931, he commissioned Miller to build two race engines for Miss America VIII. These engines were lightweight 1,113-cubic-inch supercharged V-16s mounted side-by-side. Although they were not ready in time for the 1931 Harmsworth Trophy race, they were installed in the boat in the fall of 1931, and Miss America VIII was clocked at up to 104 MPH, a speed unheard of at the time. Each engine was rated to 930hp and easily outdistanced any competition powered by performance Packard V-12 engines of the same era.
    Shortly after Gar Wood retired Miss America VIII from racing, the boat and engines were separated. Miss America VIII was eventually sold, and lived on with a pair of Packard PT boat engines, while the Miller V-16s were displayed in museums. One of the engines was run a few years ago at an event in Hershey.
    Now the historic Miss America VIII and her custom-built Miller engines have been reunited and will be sold at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. Miss America VIII has been undergoing a hull restoration, which the new owner will have to complete; however, a full 3/4 of the original hull planking is still intact. According to the auction description, it is one of three of the surviving Miss America series (both IX and X are still around) and the only one of the three with an original powerplant. The engines have been painstakingly restored using Miller’s original plans.

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    somebody told me gn laid the keel for that thing...

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    There was an old fellow from the Tulsa, OK area that used to race a 1949 Garfoil at the Wichita Races. It has run over 100 mph a time or to. It had like air foils on the front side of the boat that it got up on after a certain speed. He was 82 years old and still racing it. Quite a site to see. In fact, he ws the ONLY racer at the Wichita Summer Nationals to cut a perfect reaction time at the 1996 race.
    It was made by the same company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bp298 View Post
    somebody told me gn laid the keel for that thing...
    BP...Did Gar Wood tell you that in 1931 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bp298 View Post
    somebody told me gn laid the keel for that thing...
    Now thats really funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuaneHTP View Post
    There was an old fellow from the Tulsa, OK area that used to race a 1949 Garfoil at the Wichita Races. It has run over 100 mph a time or to. It had like air foils on the front side of the boat that it got up on after a certain speed. He was 82 years old and still racing it. Quite a site to see. In fact, he ws the ONLY racer at the Wichita Summer Nationals to cut a perfect reaction time at the 1996 race.
    It was made by the same company.
    Duane HTP
    I had a old Garwood years ago it was a dog won't go over 32 mph with a flathead 6. they are a Heavy boat
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    That boat is beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuaneHTP View Post
    There was an old fellow from the Tulsa, OK area that used to race a 1949 Garfoil at the Wichita Races. It has run over 100 mph a time or to. It had like air foils on the front side of the boat that it got up on after a certain speed. He was 82 years old and still racing it. Quite a site to see. In fact, he ws the ONLY racer at the Wichita Summer Nationals to cut a perfect reaction time at the 1996 race.
    It was made by the same company.
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    That was Paul Showman. I think it was a Garform ?? He added the foils it, was kind of a
    v bottom/hydro. I sure hope we all can dio it as ong as he did !!!

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    That's the man. I had forgotten his name. And yes, you are right it was a GARFORM. big green ugly thing, but it ran pretty damn good. Thanks for the clairification.
    Duane HTP

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    we watched him race at Smokin in the cove one year long ago.

    what a trip that was
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuaneHTP View Post
    That's the man. I had forgotten his name. And yes, you are right it was a GARFORM. big green ugly thing, but it ran pretty damn good. Thanks for the clairification.
    Duane HTP
    Yea it was ugly from the ass end 2 the last year in Kansas he was smokin my ass. and changed lanes. I was runnin the se or rr. It's a good thing I was hung over & got treed or we both would've been swimin.

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