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Officials of the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series and the Grand Prix West Hydroplane Series announced that they have entered into a “Memorandum of Agreement” which will lead to increased participation and exposure for the GPW series at H1 Unlimited events.
H1 Unlimited Chairman Steve David said, “Our hope is that this agreement will encourage race sites to include the very exciting GPW series in their events and we will support the series by providing logistics and infrastructure as well as including them in our live streaming, internet presence and other promotion.”
GPW president Larry Linn said, “On behalf of Grand Prix West I want to thank Steve David and H1 for recognizing our series and our ability to add to the show and the fans’ experience. We look forward to working with H1 in the future.”
GPW team owner Scott Pierce explained, “This is a big step for our series. While we (GPW) will still have to negotiate with race sites separately, it certainly increases our leverage with promoters and adds a lot of credibility to our series. We have meetings scheduled with race sites in the near future and will know shortly how many will be able to include GP’s in this first year of the new agreement.”
David added, “As our demographics change, and our younger fans demand more on water excitement, we’re pleased to enter into this new cooperative agreement with our friends in the GPW series. Many of these owners and drivers are old H-1 friends like Scotty Pierce, a multiple winner in the Unlimited category & Tom Eckenberg, a top notch crew member from the late 80’s and 90’s with the Fendler program and others. This agreement encapsulates what we hope will become a model for other series that join with us to raise the bar on the excitement and on water action for future events.”
The GP boats are the largest, most powerful class of automotive powered hydroplanes. They are powered by blown alcohol 468 cubic inch piston engines. The boats are 26′ long and weigh approximately 3,500 lbs. Top speeds exceed 170 mph.