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.”
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