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Image of the Week: Towers of Power

Built 17 years ago, the American Ethanol/Cat Can Do 40-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran put a on show yesterday at the Super Boat International Great Lakes Superboat Grand Prix in Michigan City, Ind. (read the story). Throttleman Keith Holmes and driver Ed Smith led Rusty Rahm and Jeff Harris in Wake Effects, a 48-foot MTI catamaran of a far more recent vintage, for much of the race in their old-school canopy 40-footer with twin 1,700-hp supercharged Sterling Performance engines before a mechanical failure knocked them out of the contest. It was a powerful showing for the well-known—and well-traveled—cat.

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Recognize either of the powerful objects in this image? We bet you do (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Looming in the distance 50-plus miles north and visible from the Hoosier State race site was the Willis/Sears Tower, the most instantly recognizable building in the Chicago skyline. Once the tallest building in the world at 1,451 feet, according to Wikipedia, the structure is a symbol of power and accomplishment. It was completed in 1974.

As it happened, both American Ethanol/Cat Can Do and the Willis/Sears Tower found their way into a single frame for speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden. And like those objects themselves, the result was powerful.

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