March 12, 1989
Ron Braaksma of Downey set a world elapsed-time record of 5.236 seconds for a quarter-mile during qualifying for the International Hot Boat Assn. Winternationals at Firebird Lake in Chandler, Ariz.
May 20, 1991
Steve Varner of Riverside needed little of the 4,000 horsepower his "Caught in the Act" generates, winning the top-fuel hydro drag-boat class at Lake Castaic when Ron Braaksma's "Madness" went over the starting line ahead of the green light. Varner had earlier scored a low elapsed time of 6.05 seconds at more than 204 m.p.h.
June 11, 1990
Ralph Padilla of Garden Grove won the top-fuel hydroplane finals of the Chief Auto Parts International Hot Boat Assn. Summernationals Sunday at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas. Padilla, in the top-fuel hydro Quarterflash, had a winning quarter-mile run of 5.678 seconds with a top speed of 199.99 m.p.h. In the final, Padilla beat Kyle Walker, whose engine blew. Walker advanced to the final by upsetting 1989 top-fuel champion Ron Braaksma.
April 11, 1988 |
Carter Read of Upland, driving the New York Seltzer boat, set an International Hot Boat Assn. speed record Sunday at the group's Springnationals at Puddingstone Lake. Read's mark of 155.70 m.p.h. was set in the blown supercharged (alcohol flat-bottom) class. He combined his speed with an elapsed time of 7.201 seconds for the quarter-mile. In the top fuel hydro class, Tom Black of La Habra downed defending TFH champion Ron Braaksma with an elapsed time in the quarter-mile of 5.325 seconds.
October 6, 1994 |
No one is happier about returning to the drag boat races at Puddingstone Lake this year than Clinton Anderson. Almost a year ago, he was being pulled out of the water in Phoenix after crashing a Top Fueler in a test drive--and he wasn't breathing. But not only did he fully recover from the accident, he was back in his boat by March, and has won four of the five IHBA (International Hot Boat Assn.) races this year.