Going fast on the water is especially accurate when it comes to H1 Unlimited drivers. Champions such as Dave Villwock and Steve David cross the 200-mph barrier frequently in their lightweight turbine-powered boats.
Rookie driver Scott Liddycoat will be honored at the Feb. 11 event for his victory at the 2011 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Qatar. Liddycoat, a 19-year inboard-racing driver from Norfolk, Va., finished third in the 2011 National High Points Championship behind Villwock and David, respectively. In addition to winning the season-ending Oryx Cup, he finished second twice and third once.
More than 80 world champions representing 25 countries are expected to attend the third annual UIM Awards Giving Gala at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco.
“After attending the UIM meetings in Abu Dhabi and seeing firsthand the structure and importance of this worldwide organization, I feel it is important that H1 be represented and our UIM world champion be recognized along with the other champions who will be in attendance,” said Sam Cole, chairman of H1 Unlimited. “We do, after all, race some of the biggest, fastest boats in the organization.”