When I moved from New Hampshire to the south in 1988 the boat
got left behind. I have wondered what ever happened to it. I
would be interested in the boat if it's not in to bad of a
condition. If you will note at the front of the prop shaft there
is a Gilmore sprocket that I machined for the dry sump oiling
system. It's the only way I could make everything fit. Pokey was
the second fastest Sooy. Psychedelic Pet F 7 of Cheri Petti was
the fastest of all the Sooy's.
In 1998 when I was at
the New England Auto racers Hall of Fame induction banquet. My
uncle Ollie Silva was the first one inducted. At our table where
the three Bobine's Geoff, Brett, and Todd. As we talked the
subject or hydroplanes came up, and I don't remember one
reference to the Pokey boat. We renamed Pokey, Pokey's revenge.
This has to be the same boat. Another thing, there may be two
hole in the dash with instruments missing. The boat was blue
with yellow and red lettering. I used exhaust temperature
gauges, and I remember removing them before I retired the boat.
In the late 80's the boat didn't have a chance of winning, being
an old conventional. I remember beating Paul Reid, and Vinny
Dubuc along with the rest of the field into the first turn at
Lowell. Paul won the event and the locals where really mad
because they wanted one of the guys from Lowell to win. I had to
use the outside lane at the starts, because it wouldn't turn. It
would run with anything down the straightaway.
I'm not trying to start anything, but I understand how this
vintage stuff works. The only value the boat would have was
because it was supposedly owned by Bodine. Not that it was
Harrison Boggs boat and it won around sixty races in it's time.
Harrison had an attic in his garage with over sixty trophy's.
Although they liked the Lauterbach copy better than the Sooy.
There again there was never any reference to the Lauterbach
being a copy International. That boat is in Florida being past
off as a Lauterbach. I'm not just some clown coming out of the
wood work. I had 14 hydroplanes through the years. Most notably
the 63-65 Miss Bardahl that I donated to the Unlimited Gold Cup
Hall of Fame and Museum in 1983. Also Joe Jimbrone's Joy Boy. I
also built the first and only twin engine, twin prop Grand Prix
hydroplane. When Dick Sooy came to visit he inspected the boat
and told me this is not the direction that the sport should go
in. Dick was instrumental in developing many of the original
classes of hydroplanes. They changed the rules to allow only one
engine of 500 inches. My boat was made illegal over night. I
never held it against Dick, because I considered him a friend
and I respected him.