My educated guess is that by the time many of you read this you’ll have already watched “King of Offshore: The Reggie Fountain Story,” (watch the trailer) a documentary that is scheduled to air today on NBC Sports this Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. EST, according to American Performance Media’s John Potts, who led the project. And so will begin the endless and perhaps pointless—but good fun nonetheless—debate on who holds a greater place in high-performance powerboating history, Reggie Fountain or Don Aronow.
While there’s there plenty of debate on how and why Fountain, who started Fountain Powerboats, and Aronow, who founded Cigarette Racing Team, Donzi, Formula, Magnum and other brands, reached legendary status in the performance boating world, only a fool would argue that neither man deserves recognition. But the gray area between “how” and “why” is mighty wide, so in the interest of advancing the discussion I asked a few respected friends in the realm who they thought might be “King.”
And that’s where the fun began.