Time to race One More Time!
Before we get to the last Unlimited Hydroplane race of the season, lets pause for a moment. Coeur d’Alene has successfully wrapped up its return to Unlimited Hydroplane Racing after decades of calm water. By all reports, it has cemented itself firmly in future schedules and will no doubt be a key stop on the future racing circuit. Congratulations to Doug Miller and his entire Diamond Cup Team!
In addition to a successful return to CDA, this year’s overall activities have yet again provided for an interesting year. Some would say a very challenging one at times. Hey, even Mother Nature just didn’t want to cooperate with the good folks in Madison.
A lot has transpired so far. As such, it makes sense to recap where we currently stand:
- San Diego Bayfair will be the final race of the 2013 season
- As you’ll see in a moment, the points race is close – very close
- We have two possible champions, with a host of others who will be fighting for the best remaining positions
- The final race of the 2013 season will be wild
- It’s time to race “One More Time!”
The racing excitement has been stellar, with the competition equally so. Paul Dughi summed it up perfectly. Here, he quotes Steve David yesterday in a tweet just after the Diamond Cup was completed in Coeur d’Alene:
If you think about how close the standings are, going into the final race event, either Steve David in the #1 Oh Boy! Oberto or Jimmy Shane in the #5 Graham Trucking are positioned to take it all. Points for Kip Brown in the #95 Spirit of Qatar seem to be far enough behind (but not shabby by any means!) that he may not be able to pull out the ultimate victory. However, he, John Zimmerman and J. Michael Kelly are going to be in the fight of their lives.
Special thanks to H1 for the image from their web site.
Closest points race in history.
You gotta love it.
Getting Ready for Bayfair
As we now focus on the race in San Diego, on the Schedule for September 13-15, it would be appropriate to report the prep that has been taking place here at Unlimited Hydroplane Racing – and by the hardworking folks in San Diego.
As regular readers know, the Schedule Page on Unlimited Hydroplane Racing is the most oft visited page on the site. It is a quick reference for both the 2013 (and now the 2014) schedules, along with convenient links to the various race site details. With the focus on San Diego now coming into view, there are some recent additions to the Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Schedule page for them:
- NEW! Detailed Schedule
- Ticket Pricing
- RV Info
- Buy Tickets
- Plan Your Visit
As we get closer to race weekend, you can expect additional nuggets added. Be sure to check back often for updates.
Not unlike other race venue web sites, the closer we’re getting to race weekend, the more content is being added to SanDiegoBayfair.org. Considerable content has been added to their site and it spans a wide range of topics. Here’s a list of notable additions and details:
DETAILED SCHEDULE Just as Coeur d’Alene mixed up the content to appeal to every type (age) of fan, so has Bayfair. Super Stock, Pro Stock, Grand Prix, Offshore, Crackerboxes, Flatbottoms… You get the idea. Something for everyone; mixed up perfectly!
EXTENSIVE RV INFORMATION Mission Bay Park is an excellent place to “park it” for the weekend. From RV Guidelines to maps and location information, to a complete selection of options and pricing, RVers need to bookmark this page.
PLAN YOUR VISIT Extensive information is provided not just to assist with basic directions and accommodations, but much, much more. Quick links are provided to area attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego Air & Space Museum and Sea World. Paradise Point Resort is where I want to stay. Take a look and you’ll know why!
These are just a few of the helpful additions to the site. If you haven’t been there in a while, you will want to get caught up on the details.
One More Time
It has been a great 2013 season. Considerable excitement. Some controversy. A little frustration. The making of a very successful effort overall. But while the bulk of the action is behind us, it won’t be long to where we’ll be looking ahead to 2014 and beginning to color in the images to paint another successful year.
However, we do have one more event to enjoy; one that carries considerable weight in determining the final standings.
Let’s enjoy our final event of the 2013 season. But to do so, we’ll need to get ready to race One More Time!