Brian Perkins
Brian PerkinsDriver

Brian Perkins, now in his twelfth year driving for Brian and Greg O’Farrell’s Go Fast, Turn Left Racing team, has nine podium finishes in his 13-year career, three of which came from the four races he ran last year.

Perkins grew up in the Seattle area dreaming of driving a H1 Unlimited hydroplane like his boyhood heroes. It was a dream that was more realistic than for most because his family was active in the sport. He grew up around Seattle’s Stan Sayres Park every summer while his parents were involved as volunteers for Seattle’s Seafair trophy race. That familiarity with the hydroplanes led to him becoming a helper on a team when he was only 15-years-old.

His debut behind the wheel of an H1 Unlimited hydroplane came in 2007 when he drove the U-21 Meyers’ Auto Tech, campaigned by the Freedom Racing Team of San Diego.

Aside from the racecourse, one of his greatest accomplishments, he says, came in 2011 when he was driving the boat in San Diego. That’s when he met his wife Erin, who worked as an animal trainer at SeaWorld. The two live in North Bend, Washington, with their two dogs (Dixon and Embry).

Perkins is in the cockpit on the newest boat in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series that was finished just prior to the season. Built for the by father-son ownership of the O’Farrells, the boat has been under construction on-and-off for ten years. Truly a family affair, the O’Farrells have three generations of family that crew on the team. With the new boat’s debut, the O’Farrells and their team hope to step into the winner’s circle this season.

Greg O'Farrell
Greg O'FarrellOwner
Brian O'Farrell
Brian O'FarrellOwner

Greg and Brian O’Farrell were born with boat racing in their genes. The father-son team represent the second and third generation within the family to have such a strong connection to hydroplane racing. As a kid, Greg attended every Seafair, except for the year he was in boot camp. “I got hooked early. My father was friends with Willard Rhodes who owned the Thriftway team. Bill Muncey gave me a ride in Thriftway Too and there was no turning back!”

As he built the very successful Lakeridge Paving Company, Greg couldn’t escape the lure of hydroplaning. In 2005, Lakeridge Paving sponsored a Fred Leland hull which was driven by Jeff Bernard. In front of a huge Seafair audience and on live television Miss Lakeridge Paving made news by passing Jeff’s uncle Terry Troxell who had just won the APBA Gold Cup.

Encouraged by the success of sponsoring a boat, Greg stepped up and bought two Leland hulls including “Lucky.” With Brian Perkins behind the wheel, the U-50 “Spirit of the Navy” made every final heat on the eastern circuit and the team garnered the respect of everyone in boat racing.

The next move for Greg and Brian was to step up to a more competitive ride for 2010, so they purchased the U-21 from Kevin Aylesworth and Jeff Johnson. After a winter of tuning, the U-21 became a contender on the H1 Unlimited circuit.

Brian’s son Gunnar and his daughter Makenna have jumped into racing and both of them are doing very well racing J Stock outboards.

Not content to sit back, Greg and Brian O’Farrell commissioned Dale Van Wierengen to build a “state-of-the-art” unlimited, debuting in 2012. While unlimited racing is a family activity for Greg and Brian O’Farrell, make no mistake, these two are intent on making it to the top of the sport.

Each year, Go Fast Turn Left Racing has improved, and finished 2nd place in the 2014 Detroit Gold Cup. But the next stop on the circuit proved to be a huge setback. While racing to make it into the Final Heat in Tri-Cities, driver Jamie Nielsen blew over the U-21, suffering major structural damage and retiring the boat for the remainder of the 2014 season. Go Fast Turn Left finished the season garnering points from the Schumacher Racing U-37 hull, renamed the U-21 for San Diego and Doha.

The U-99.9 “Miss Rock” continues the tradition of sponsorship by Seattle station KISW – FM 99.9 stretching back to the 1980’s.

U-21 Go Fast Turn Left
U-21 Go Fast Turn LeftCrew

Dave Bell, Ravensdale, Wash.
Craig Bonar, East Wenatchee, Wash.
Don Jones, North Bend, Wash.
Dave Lemon, Seattle, Wash.
Kurt Myers, Yakima, Wash.
Brian O’Farrell, Maple Valley, Wash.
Gunnar O’Farrell, Maple Valley, Wash.
Kevin Perkins, Black Diamond, Wash.
Russ Rustin, San Diego, Calif.
Rick Stafford, San Diego, Calif.

KISW 99.9 FM
KISW 99.9 FM

KISW FM 99.9:

KISW 99.9-FM “The Rock” and Go Fast Turn Left Racing announced a partnership for the 2019 Seafair unlimited hydroplane race.  Go Fast Turn Left’s brand new race boat will be known as Carstar Powered Miss Rock for the August 2-4 event on Lake Washington.

Announcing the new sponsorship Go Fast Turn Left owner Greg O’Farrell said “We’re thrilled to be representing Carstar and KISW with our new state-of-the-art hull and plan to bring a new level of competition to the long-running fan driven Miss Rock campaign!”

Demetri Skokos Senior Account Executive with KISW said “Our entire team is beyond excited that the legacy of The Miss Rock will continue into Seafair 2019.  CARSTAR’s dedication to building their brand and finding meaningful ways to connect with their current and future customers is what makes it all possible.  We feel fortunate that Go Fast Turn Left Racing has inspired a new design in addition to many impressive performance enhancements.

KISW 99.9 “The Rock” is an FM radio station owned by Entercom Communications. KISW is Seattle’s heritage rock station and is known for its entertaining talk shows and personalities including “BJ and Migs,” Ryan Castle and “The Mens Room.”

CARSTAR
CARSTAR

CARSTAR:

CARSTAR is North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities, offering auto body repair, paintless dent repair, storm damage repair with 24/7 accident assistance. CARSTAR delivers national scale, consistently high-quality vehicle repairs, repeatable outcomes and the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ratings. All repairs are backed by a national warranty and service guarantee.

PayneWest Insurance
PayneWest Insurance

PayneWest Insurance:

PayneWest Insurance formed in the fall of 2012 with the merging of the Northwest’s two premier insurance advisory firms—Payne Financial Group and Western States Insurance. These two industry leaders operated independently for more than 40 years, providing business and personal insurance, benefits and surety. As stand-alone firms, both were consistently among the top 100 insurance agencies in the country.

  • Team Website: www.gofastturnleftracing.net
  • Home Port: Maple Valley, WA
  • Primary Sponsor: KISW/CARSTAR
  • Engine: Lycoming T-55/L-7 Turbine
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Length: 29′
  • Width:  14′
  • Weight:  6,500 lbs.
  • Team Victories [prior to the start of the season]: 0
  • 2018 Boat Points: 4683
  • 2018 Driver Points: 4683
  • 2018 Season Finish: 5th