Inboard Racing: A Wild Ride

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AuthorHouse, Jun 7, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 308 pages
Read about the adventures and mis-adventures of a rookie inboard hydroplane driver as he learns how to drive an eleven foot long, ninety mile per hour, alky-burning prop-rider on race courses in California, Arizona, Utah, and Washington.  Experience the wild elation of victory and the disappointment of defeat as the author relates various anecdotes of accidents, engine explosions, lost opportunities, bad decisions, and lucky wins.  Gain insight into the behind-the-scenes activity that supports power boat racing:  the seemingly endless hours of engine building and hull maintenance that are required in preparation for a few minutes of all-out racing action on Sunday afternoon.  Tag along as the author chases parts, repairs his hull, re-installs the engine, and "safety-wires everything".  Then strap on a Gentex or a Lifeline jacket and a Bell helmet and join Bob Foley on A Wild Ride.   Other books by this author:

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About the author (2006)

Bob Foley spent twelve years dreaming about joining the elite ranks of hydroplane drivers, then took decisive action by purchasing a used 48 cubic inch inboard hydro in 1967 and “going racing”.  He “won a few” and “lost a few” and “had more fun than ought to be allowed”. 


With a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science degree from Pratt Institute, Foley worked in the aerospace industry as “an early computer geek” to support his boat racing habit.  Now retired, Foley lives in Escondido, California with Elladine, his wife of thirty-eight years. 


Bob Foley has been published in R/C Modeler Magazine and club newsletters of the Convair Sports Car Club, Pacific Power Boat Club, and the San Diego Alfa Romeo Owners Club.  This is Foley’s first book.

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