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Atlantic City Festival of Speed: Why It Worked

Yesterday, I spoke to Dave Patnaude, the president of the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club and one of driving forces behind last weekend’s Festival of Speed in Atlantic City, and he was euphoric. After months of planning, the three-day event came off, by all accounts—particularly those of journalist Tony Esposito who was there to cover it for speedonthewater.com—without a hitch and earned raves from everyone involved.

Several elements including an offshore race combined to make the first Atlantic City Festival of Speed a roaring success. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

Several elements including an offshore race combined to make the first Atlantic City Festival of Speed a roaring success. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

“In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have imagined it being as good as it was,” said Patnaude. “Everyone I spoke to, everyone I bumped into during the weekend couldn’t say enough good things about what was going on. It was absolutely amazing.”

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