SHE IS A BEAUTY!!!!!!!!
HI Richard,WOW, She turned out perfect! Dave knows this but most don't, my Father was the man who bought this boat from the ST. Johns in the 60's complete with a Keith Black hemi. The boat actually took high points and set the kilo @ 99+ mph with a 427 Ford side oiler. The boat was so successful that the St. Johns were offered a Chrysler sponsorship. They were given two KB prepared hemis in the deal. When my father purchased the boat he actually had to drive to San Diego to retrieve the title from the original owner. As the story goes that gentleman ended up with a dead arm. The boat landed on top of him resulting in function loss in one arm. I have always had a special love for this boat from the stories I had heard and eventually drove my father back to circle boat racing in the from of a Faulkner/Canary that I had the honor and privelage of driving. I guess in a round about way I can thank Shockwave for all the great memories I have of racing with my father. I am very thankful I had that oppurtunity. Much praise to Mr. Landsberry for the exceptional quality of this restoration. This is such a special piece of boat racing history and if I could find a way she would have a new home by now!
My dad told me a story about his "test drive" in the boat. He rode passenger in a heat with Donny St. John, wrapped a rope around a stringer like a bull rider and held on for dear life. Something else according to him because Donny was always right in the mix at the start because he only had one eye so he really could not "hit" the clock start, but always worked his way to the front. Pop always told me the thrill of driving a circle boat in a race could not be beat, but riding shotgun is a different story! Well thanks to my Father I know how thrilling going six deep into turn one and then taking a set down the straight is, but I'll pass on the passenger deal, lol. Boy I love those stories! Dave thank you for sharing these photos, you have made my day! Richard
Yeah, he always did have great taste, and the way he could tell a story I feel like I have owned these gems at one time too...Words can not describe how much I miss him. I'm a lucky guy for having him as a Father, and for sharing the same passions. He is my nearest and dearest friend........I remember hearing what a pain this boat was to tow in LA traffic. People would start to pass, then slow down and hang right next to the boat checking it out, then see the "high points" and "kilo record holder", You couldn't hardly ever change lanes! That trailer is a special piece too, the fact it was restored instead of replaced is truly nostalgia, so cool and well done.HI Richard,
I remember when your dad bought Shock Wave, the boat was a legend, we always used to see it at Leonard Fulkerson's shop, Finish Line Engineering. When your dad was through with it Mike Crandall bought the engine from your dad, and I ended up with it as a spare for my Hemi powered Sanger.
Fun days, we miss your dad.
When my father purchased the boat he actually had to drive to San Diego to retrieve the title from the original owner. As the story goes that gentleman ended up with a dead arm. The boat landed on top of him resulting in function loss in one arm.
is wes working on the 83 litchfield i gave him? It was the last boat the litchfield brothers built before retiring. I look forward to seeing it run again.