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Our Gang Racing

Driver Profile: Jeff Bernard

Jeff Bernard literally grew up racing boats.  At age 28, he has been racing for 20 years.  As part of the racing Weber family in Michigan, he climbed into a J Stock Hydro when he was just eight years old.

Jeff Relocated to the Pacific Northwest with his mother and stepfather – the late Terry Troxell in 1998 and quickly established himself as one of the top young drivers in the area.

In 2002, at age 16, he got his first ride in the inboard classes and has been one of the country’s top drivers in 2.5 National Mod and 2.5 Stock classes since then and won the National Championship in the 5 Liter class with co-driver Kip Brown in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He is a member of the APBA Hall of Champions.

Bernard broke into the Unlimited ranks in 2005, driving for Fred Leland and moved to Ted Porter’s Formulaboats.com team in 2006.  He  won three times for that team – Madison and San Diego in 2008 and Evansville in 2009.

Jeff and wife Christabelle live in Maple Valley, Washington with daughter Blakely.

 

Team Profile: Our Gang Racing

Our Gang RacingOur Gang Racing LLC is a group of Pacific Northwest individuals with wide-ranging skills and expertise that share a common passion for Unlimited hydroplane racing. Now in its sixth season, the Gang was brought together by Nate Brown to design, construct, and competitively race an Unlimited hydroplane.

In 2007, the U-17 team displayed their new boat at the Tri-Cities Columbia Cup. A week later, with Nate Brown driving, they qualified for and scored points in the Chevrolet Cup at Seattle. In 2008, his nephew, Kip Brown, a champion Limited pilot, occupied the U-17′s cockpit and earned ABRA’s “Rookie of the Year” award for his inaugural unlimited driving performance.

The U-17 raced in Tri-Cities and Seattle in its first two seasons. Then in 2009, Our Gang set out to run the entire season on the unlimited circuit. Even running with a small, all volunteer crew, the team produced respectable results, made the final heat in the last four races (including Doha, Qatar) and finished the season sixth in national points.

After dropping to 8th place in 2010, the team came back strong in 2011, recording it’s first heat victories with 8 and finished on the podium 3 times, two being 2nd place. The team was in the top three in high points until the final race where they finished a team best 5th.

More information on news, updates, pictures and videos can be found on Our Gang Racing’s website at www.ourgangracing.com.

Representative Owner: Nate Brown

Nate Brown has over 30 years of experience in boat building, racing, and driving. A Hall of Champion inductee, Nate was named the Unlimited Rookie of the Year when he built and drove the Miss Rock in 1992. In 2001, he drove the Miss E-Lam Plus to victory in Seattle and San Diego including setting a new world speed record. Nate won two more in 2002 at Madison and Tri-Cities. In 2004 at Detroit, Nate won the APBA Gold Cup, the most prestigious and oldest motorsports trophy, with Kim Gregory’s MISS DYC.

Crew Chief: Dave Bell

David took over the duties of the crew chief in 2011. He excelled in the job getting the crew and boat where it needed to be to have a successful season. And that it did with 3 podium finishes and 8 heat victories. David Bell was awarded the H1 Unlimited Crew Chief of the Year award for 2011.

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The Roostertail

  • Follow the Team:
  • Team Website: http://www.ourgangracing.com
  • Owner: Our Gang Racing, LLC
  • Representative Owner: Nate Brown
  • Founded: 2006
  • Home Port: Preston, WA
  • Boat Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, White
  • Primary Sponsor: Qatar
  • Associate Sponsors: Red Dot - Silver Cloud Inns - Talking Rain Ice
  • Builder: Our Gang Racing Team
  • Design Consultant: Dale VanWieringen
  • Engine Builder: Turbine Engine Warehouse and Whispering Turbines
  • Crew Chief: Dave Bell
  • Crew:

    Jeff Bernard
    Troy Holmberg
    Steve Audet
    Tiffany Troxell Brown
    David Cormier
    Dick DeSroche
    Lisa Engel
    Katie Forsell
    Ginger Jackson
    Spider Jackson
    John O’Brien
    Jim Pletz
    Rob Schommer
    Rob Chapman
    Justin Weymouth
    Stephanie Weymouth
    Joe Yandell

  • Team Manager: Nate Brown
  • Hull Built: 2008
  • Engine: Lycoming T-55/L-7 Turbine
  • 2013 Boat Points: 6234
  • 2013 Driver Points: 6234
  • 2013 Season Finish: 3rd
  • Victories:

    (1) 2013 – Detroit, MI (APBA Gold Cup)  driver- Kip Brown