Syracuse Hydrofest

Last Saturday I attended Syracuse Hydrofest featuring Inboard Hydroplane racing. All boats use propellers with the Grand Prix class reaching speeds up to 175 miles per hour (282 kilometers per hour). The day was rainy and grey causing the day to start late and ending early after only a few races due to visibility and a serious accident. However, I did get to go out on one of the turn boats on the course and bring back a few photos I’d like to share with you here.

Miss Dinomytes (GP46) driven by Pierre Maheu from Quebec, Canada, chases down the leader durng a Grand Prix Hyrdroplane heat during the Syracuse Hydrofest on Saturday, June 20. 2009.

Miss Dinomytes (GP46) driven by Pierre Maheu from Quebec, Canada, chases down the leader durng a Grand Prix Hyrdroplane heat during the Syracuse Hydrofest on Saturday, June 20. 2009.

Rolling Thunder (GP88 on the left) and Miss Dinomytes (GP46) race past the Start/Finish line

Rolling Thunder (GP88 on the left) and Miss Dinomytes (GP46) race past the Start/Finish line

Rolling Thunder (GP88 on the outside) and Miss Dinomytes (GP46) race for the lead during the Grand Prix Hyrdroplane heat during the Syracuse Hydrofest on Saturday, June 20. 2009.

Rolling Thunder (GP88 on the outside) and Miss Dinomytes (GP46) race for the lead.

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6 Responses to Syracuse Hydrofest

  1. THAT looks like a fun event! Great captures.

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    • Would have been more fun if they had gotten going in the morning as scheduled. I had to miss Sunday which was the better of the two days weatherwise. The people running the event were very nice to let me in the pits and out on the course. I hope to be able to do it again next year.

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  2. Gerry says:

    Shades of the roostertails on the Detroit River . . . Part of me thinks, “Wow, look at that!” and part of me thinks, “Holy Wah, what a waste of resources!” (This from a woman who’s spent the better part of the week writing about a Fathers Day fly-in, a Classic Car Show, and a motorcyle road trip. Go figure.)

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    • Now, now…motorsports is still very popular. I do wish they would be more proactive in using alternative fuels like the Indy series does. Someday, someone is going to listen to me and invest in Hydrogen as the fuel for the future. So far, only Honda has produced an H2 car.

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  3. Great shots Scott, they can really be a blast to watch !!

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