Looking more like a water-feature at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, this image of the roostertail behind driver Andrew “Tater” Tate’s Grand Prix hydroplane was an easy choice for our image of the week. Take a closer look at this one—it’s so perfect it looks computer-generated. Of course, it’s not. This shot came from speedonthewater.com contributing photographer Pete Boden who was on scene shooting last weekend’s Orange Cup Regatta in Lakeland, Fla.
Roostertail perfection at the Orange Cup Regatta (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
On the news side of the annual event, which attracts hydroplane competitors and fans from around the country, driver Jimmy King set a new American Power Boat Association in the Pleasure Seekers Racing team (owned by Roger Mahan) 5.0-liter hydroplane record on Saturday, turning five laps on the one-mile course in 3:14:18. King’s average speed during the run was 92.697 mph, a significant increase above the average of 90.854 mph in the record he broke. And Boden’s image of it happening runs a close second to the one above.
Driver Jimmy King set a new 5.0-litre hydroplane record last weekend (click to enlarge).