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Bucket List Racing

Driver Profile: Kelly Stocklin

At 61 years of age, Kelly Stocklin was named the 2012 H1 Unlimited Rookie of the Year.  Unlike most winners of that honor, Stocklin did not start his Unlimited career as driver of someone else’s race boat.

Stocklin’s racing resume dates back to 1974 and includes a decade of competition in the major flat bottom classes – super stock, pro stock and pro comp.  He was a long-time record holder in the pro stock category.

In the early 90’s, Stocklin’s first experience in the cockpit of a hydroplane came in the 7 liter class. He was an early participant in the Unlimited Lite Class and long time driver of Thunder Valley Racing’s supercharged UL.

Stocklin acquired one of the boats built for the G Class automotive series and was approved by H1 to run the boat as an unlimited using a Lycoming T-53 turbine powerplant.  The T-53 produces about 1400 horsepower, compared to 2800 for the T-55 L7C currently used by the rest of the turbine fleet. Stocklin’s boat weighs just over 4000 pounds, compared to the 6,575 pound minimum for T-55 powered boats.

In appearances in the Tri-Cities, Seattle and San Diego. the boat performed well when not wrestling with mechanical issues and Stocklin proved that a smaller, lighter, less powerful hydroplane could indeed perform at speeds that would qualify it to race as an Unlimited.

Kelly and his wife

Team Profile: Bucket List Racing

Veteran Inboard racer Kelly Stocklin has acquired one of the boats built for the G Class automotive series and has been approved by H1 to run the boat as an unlimited using a Lycoming T-53 turbine powerplant.

The T-53 produces about 1400 horsepower, compared to 2800 for the T-55 L7C currently used by the rest of the turbine fleet. Stocklin expects the 28 foot boat to weigh just over 4000 pounds, compared to the 6,575 pound minimum for T-55 powered boats.

This will be the third time that the Lycoming T-53 has been attempted in the Unlimited Class.
 
The previous attempts included Glen Davis’s Four-Point hull of the 1990s, which used one T-53. Then there was Jim Clapp’s U-95 of the 1970s, which used two T-53s in tandem.

 

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The Roostertail

  • Owner: Kelly Stocklin
  • Home Port: Beaver Lake Yacht Club
  • Driver: Kelly Stocklin
  • Driver Rookie Year: 2012
  • Boat Colors: Yellow, Blue
  • Builder: Dale Van Weirengen
  • Designer: Dale Van Weirengen
  • Length: 28 Feet
  • Weight: 4100 Pounds
  • Engine: Lycoming T-53
  • 2012 Boat Points: 690
  • 2012 Driver Points: 690
  • 2012 Season Finish: 12th