2009 Our Gang Racing Team News

Doha, Qatar - Oryx Cup, November 19-21, 2009
Qualified 5th at 134.386. Finished 2nd in Heat 1A followed with a 4th place finish in 2B. Heats 3, 4 saw the U-17 with 2 second place finishes and finished 4th in points for the day. Start of final got washed down with a roostertail and did not have time for the restart after the U-5 flip.

Congratulations to J Michael Kelly and the U-7 Graham Trucking on their Oryx Cup World Championship win. Also Congratulations to the U-1 Oboy Oberto team and Steve David on their spectacular display on the way to another National Championship.

Special Thanks to Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor al Thani and the people of Qatar for hosting the Oryx Cup World Championship, they put on a world class event.

Watch replays of the heats online here.

Pictures from U-17 Crew Member Mike Simons. Click Here.

Picture of U-17 testing. Click here.

Picture of Nate charging through turn. Click here.

ABRA changes name to H1 Unlimited. Read more.

July 28, 2009 - USNW Express to sponsor the U-17 Our Gang Hydroplane Racing Team at Seafair
Preston, WA. --USNW Express has been a supporter of the Our Gang Racing team from the very beginning. Now they are the title sponsor for the U-17 as they compete in the Seafair Chevrolet Cup in Seattle, WA.Read more...

July 17, 2009 - West Pasco Family Dental Gives the Our Gang Hydroplane Racing Team a Reason to Smile
Pasco, WA. --Twenty years ago Dr. Greg Frodel never imagined he’d see the name of his dental practice emblazoned on the side of a hydroplane. But if all goes well for the Our Gang Racing Team at next week’s Lamb Weston Columbia Cup, tens of thousands of people will see the West Pasco Family Dental Clinic logo fly by at speeds in excess of 180 miles per hour. Read more.

July 16, 2009 - Our Gang Racing Team arrives Home, prepares for Tri-Cities.
Preston, WA. -- The Our Gang Racing Team's U-17 unlimited hydroplane arrived home in Preston, WA after racing the first two races of the 2009 season. The team is now preparing for Tri-Cities. Read more.

July 2, 2009 - Our Gang Racing Team arrives in Madison.
Madison, IN - The 2009 American Boat Racing Association season gets under way this weekend in Madison, IN, with a field of eleven boats including the U-17 Our Gang Racing Team which pulled into the pits today after traveling across the country from Preston, WA (east of Seattle). The team spent the off season building a new lighter cowling and nun, installing a new rudder bracket, building another turbine engine, and putting together another gearbox. With the 2008 Rookie of the Year Kip Brown at the helm, the team is looking for big things this year after a successful exhibition at the Tastin' n Racin' festival on Lake Sammamish last month.

July 2, 2009 - Steve David talks about his impression of Driver Kip Brown and the Our Gang Racing Team in an article in The Madison Courier, see last paragraph of story.

March 6, 2009 - Our Gang Racing Team Delivers new Ronald to Ronald McDonald House in Seattle
After the Ronald statue at the Ronald McDonald house was stolen and damaged beyond repair, Paula Platz donated her statue and the Our Gang Racing Team repaired and painted the new statue...
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March 16, 2009 - Kip Brown Featured in Issaquah Press

February 14, 2009 - Kip Brown Named Rookie of the Year

Madison, IN - The American Boat Racing Association announced Kip Brown as the winner of the Rookie of the Year award at the ABRA Annual Awards Banquet. Kip drives the Our Gang Racing U-17 Unlimited Hydroplane. In Kip's second race as an unlimited driver he made the final and finished fourth.

February '09 - The “Operating Engineers of Washington and Alaska, Local 302” Feature the U-17 “Our Gang Racing” in their 2009 calendar
The U-17 is pictured for the month of August in the Operating Engineers of Washington and Alaska, Local 302 annual calendar. Operating Engineers of Washington and Alaska, represent heavy machine operators in Washington and Alaska. Read more...


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