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« on: February 04, 2009, 02:26:18 PM »

On the 25th Jan 2009 our Board member "Strangler" (Guy Hanson) set a new 1/4 mile Aussie Record for Unlimited Outboard breaking the old record by 11 MPH The pass was 114.2 MPH.  His boat is a 30 year old timber Molinari Tunnel and the motor is 25 year old Evinrude. Go the classic boats!! says Guy.

I interviewed Guy recently, and these were his answers (in green)


Venue:  National Water Sports Centre. Carrum, Victoria. 
Anyone you wish to thank: Sponsors? Pit Crew?  Sons? Mother?   James and Benjamin (my twin sons) Pit crew and support.

Prop Dia Pitch and No of blades?  Three blade original prop F1 19 inch pitch  (same prop I use for circuit racing) I might get a better accelerating one (prop) and try to improve speed.
Fuel Type?  Pump 100 fuel from local servo!
Brand of oil? Mercury racing synthetic, see even Mr Mercury helped, even have a Merc 10,000 rpm tacho
Elapsed Time?  I don't know ET but felt like about 5 sec.!! but probably more like 10 sec.
Motor capacity and estimated HP?  3500 cc V8 F1 Evinrude, eight dual throat carbs, dual ignition so 16 coils and 16 spark plugs !!  She's a special race motor built in the 1980s and produces at least 400 hp some motors were developed up to around push out 500 hp. The motor on the Outboard world speed record boat was similar but it had EFI and dyno'd at a whopping 600 hp in 1988 !
Any other comments Guy?  I looked at tacho as I crossed the line and the boat was really starting to accelerate at this point and saw 8000 RPM, I think with the right prop and raising the motor a little (which is integral hydraulic on this motor, and I haven't tried yet!) I reckon we can go a bit quicker in the 400 mtr.

Well done Guy you are a Champ!!





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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009, 04:09:44 PM »

Guy (Mercman) great work on the report and congratulations Guy for the record. I only wish I was there to video a bit of it for youtube. Hope someone else did.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010, 11:49:05 AM »

EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE! 

CONGRATULATIONS.

In the new currency that is 183.79 kph

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2011, 02:43:57 PM »

Now there's an engine i'd love to have in my collection, a V8 Evinrude or Johnson !
I've been in love with them since i saw my first ad for one when i was a kid, probably around 84 / 85 and I've only ever seen one on a boat, a couple of years ago there was a boat tied up in the Loch Sport Marina with one on the back.(Evinrude i think)
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2011, 03:56:55 PM »

It's real easy to own your own V8 Johnrude, particularly with the Aussie $ high at the moment.
Just click here..http://www.alterscale.com/

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011, 04:08:00 PM »

I saw them (before my last post here) but baulked at the $118 price tag ! (118 for a toy model of an outboard motor!)
But i see there's 1 Evinrude for $88 so maybe .............
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011, 05:44:37 PM »

Just found a Youtube clip of this boat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaL0ZCq6q-M
The camera boat also has an Evinrude V8 but sounds quite different (Lower RPM? inside the boat as opposed to listening to it do a pass)
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2011, 08:54:38 AM »

$118 is real cheap when you see the attention to detail and the build quality of these models. Once they are gone, they are gone. Cry

I own a 1958 Mark 75. It's the best (working) model of any outboard I've ever seen, and I'm more than happy with it. I've owned it for 4 years now.

Our member Liquidnirvana as quite a few of these models, I recall I saw a few V8's in his collection as well.


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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2011, 03:56:04 PM »

just ordered the Evinrude V8 model, so I'll have my dream motor soon...... it'll just be a bit small & underpowered to put on my Hallett ski boat lol.

Have you checked out the youtube link i posted? awesome note the camera boat has!
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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2011, 06:39:06 PM »

My shiny new Evinrude XP 300 V8 arrived in the mail today, it's got prid of place on the coffee table .
Mrs XR2 isn't very happy about it.......... Women, they just don't understand.
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