Done for the 2019 offshore powerboat racing season, Pro Floors Racing owner/driver Wayne Valder and throttleman Grant Bruggemann definitely have earned a break. The Supercat-class MTI catamaran cockpit duo took first place in the inaugural six-race American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series and second place in last week’s three-race Race World Offshore Key West Championships.
Valder, in particular, deserves some downtime, as competing in the United States meant commuting all season from his home in New Zealand.
A lucky fan of Pro Floors Racing can take home a piece of the team’s success this season (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Along the way this season, Pro Floors Racing built a passionate fan base. And one of those fans can take home a special memento from one of team’s finest moments in the APBA series—finishing first in the St. Clair River Classic on a broken propeller (at right). Bruggemann and Valder kept and signed the broken wheel, which, along with Pro Floors Racing gear, was supposed to be auctioned off during the Speedonthewater/Offshoreonly Key West Bash on November 7.
The live auction, which raised more than $30,000 for Key West-based Samuel’s House, ran overtime and a few items never made it to the block. Among those goodies was the Pro Floors Racing 2019 Championship Season gift pack—the perfect decoration for any offshore racing fan-cave—noted above. But it’s still available for purchase, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated in the buyer’s name to Samuel’s House, “a safe haven in a sober setting for women and intact families that have no home.”
To make an offer, reach out to Matt Trulio or Jason Johnson at speedonthewater.com
Of course, the team is coming back in 2020—and you can read about that in the latest issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine, which went live earlier this week.
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