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    I live at Lake Tulloch in Northern California. It's an hour east of Stockton in the foothills. Today I went to look at another reservoir named Salt Spring "Valley" Reservoir which is about 20 minutes from my house to see how high the water level is since I had raced circle boats there with APBA's Region 11 some years back. If the water level was indeed up, I was also going to ask the person in charge if I could test my newly acquired drag boat there.

    When I arrived it was absolutely full which I haven't seen for a long time. The man who runs the facility/campground came out to greet me. He had recognized me from when we had ran our circle boat there and after exchanging our pleasantries I informed that I now own a drag boat and wanted to know if I could test it there. He looked at me with a big smile and said, "absolutely, and funny I should mention drag boat racing because we're going to hold an event here on May 14 & 15".

    I began asking him a million questions about the event and who was the conducting club and he remarked that he couldn't quite remember the name of the club but the man he works for and whom leases the property/lake is very excited about a drag race being held at the reservoir. He told me that the gentleman from the conducting club has been there several times now and even has the staging lights there. He said they're putting in another ramp at the end of the lake and are carving out a road to that ramp. He also said they're going to extend the pit area another 1000 feet and considering making more parking space for a possible overflow of spectators across the main road at the entrance. He did remark that the guy from the club said he doesn't want it to get too big as he wants to see how it will work out at this reservoir on a small scale.

    Now, I'm not sure what I heard is all true, but the man who runs the place is not a man of tall tales. So, has anybody heard anything about this event at Salt Spring Valley Reservoir? (note the word "Valley"). This reservoir I'm referring to is not to be confused with "Salt Springs Reservoir" in this area. Salt Spring Valley Reservoir is only 10 minutes from the little town of Copperopolis, Ca. off of Highway 4 near Angels Camp.

    note: to the guy (if he reads PBF) from the club who is trying to put on this race, I hope I didn't cause problems by saying anything about this event. The guy who runs the facility at the reservoir didn't say anything about "keeping a lid on it" to me. Again, I hope I haven't caused any problems for you or your club by revealing what I have heard.

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    So how did the boat testing go????? If you dont have pics it didnt happen!!!


    Sounds like a great venue, We ride up around that area all the time.
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    Hey ptc, how goes it?

    It didn't happen yet, but soon! The fellow I bought it from is going to show my son how to work the down peddle (ride plate) to launch and drive this sucker. I installed the passenger seat so this can be done. My son has been racing cars since he was 5 yrs. old and we still are to this day. He's 27 now. He did run a circle boat (OB tunnel) several years ago for only one season, but he did manage to win a high points championship that year, but then the following season, we sold that boat and went back to car racing.

    The boat racing thing has always been my passion and although my son enjoyed racing the tunnel boat very much, he told me that only six races in a year didn't quite cut it since he was accustomed to racing just about every weekend from March through October in the cars to get his adrenalin fix. I too agreed it was getting pretty boring waiting for months in between boat races, so back to cars we went.

    This time though we have both. We will race our drag boat in between our car racing when the boat races come up. My son said he would skip a car race if a drag boat event comes up on the same weekend. The good news is only two of the car races which we have on our schedule this year are on a same weekend that two of the six NJBA races that are scheduled at Ming this year. So, we'll only have to skip two car races!

    As for a picture, I'm waiting for the graphic shop to finish with the name and race numbers before I take pictures. When it's done, I'll PM you the pictures or have my son send them through his cell number to your's if it's easier.

    Until then, take care my friend!

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    Awesome great to hear hes back in ALL of it.... just post pics up here with a new "BOAT" thread, Im sure everyone would love to see it. Ill see you guys at the races too! Let me know when you guys test, I love riding out and around that reserviour out there.
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