U-48 David Williams update

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Just talked to the U-48 crew. David Williams is OK, but got a little roughed up toward the end of the heat.

17 comments:

Unlimiteds NW said...

Dave lost a rudder, so I'll give him a pass on this heat, still he isn't one to really push a boat

Anonymous said...

Just who are YOU to give anyone a pass????? Come out of your hole and make sure it isn't groundhog day, mole...

Unlimiteds NW said...

excusez-moi, I guess ones opinion of a drivers performance isn't done here. Duely noted

Lon E said...

It would seem that the comments on Dave's driving were way out of line. To make a statement about having Greg O. replace David W. without even knowing what caused the spin out is pretty lame. Get your facts before making statements you can't back up. In regards to Dave's driving performance, every driver out there is on a learning curve, some have more experience than others and all have different levels of boats they drive, which have a lot to do with their relative performance. Dave has only been driving Unlimiteds for a couple of years, as has people like David Bryant, Brian Perkins, Jimmy Shane, Kip Brown. All drivers have to start somewhere, and even the best were rookies to start with. Let's put these things into perspective and consider the facts.

UnlimitedsNW said...

"Dave has only been driving Unlimiteds for a couple of years"
Hydroplane & Raceboat museum states "David D. Williams, Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum Director, has been driving unlimited hydroplanes since 1993 I thought I was putting things into perspective. Sorry, I'll only post the RahRahSisboomBah stuff from now on so I don't upset apple carts

Anonymous said...

you don't need to rah-rah Mr. Expert NW...give the guy who had the rear of his boat ripped off, rudder lost and violently hooked after he had done a formidable job of racing some credit. He may not be the next Darth...but then what give you the credentials to make judgements?

Lon E said...

Your perspective is not quite correct. If you knew anything about your source of quoting the informance on H.A.R.M., you would know that refers to Dave's experience driving the vintage H.A.R.M. hydros. It is not quite the same driving vintage, open cockpit Rolls or Allison powered hydros at much slower speeds to racing todays turbine powered boats. That is what is relative to your comments on his experience. Feel free to post your comments, as that's what a forum is all about, just try to have your facts accurate & straight first.

Anonymous said...

Dave W does a fine job and at least he tries to make a race of it given the limited equipment. He does not need to give up the driving duties. Who should hang it up is that bozo Ken Muscatel. If he'd let a better driver behind the wheel his boat would do better.

Unlimiteds NW said...

There's no doubt that Greg doesn't have a top 5 boat. David W's commitment and dedication to Greg's progress in hydroplane racing was never in question. I root for Greg to do well, and only wish he could have a more aggressive driver behind the wheel.

leica1 said...

David was in the oldest Leland hull beating the newest Leland hull and hit something losing a rudder, I can't blame David for that just happy there was no injuries. Also was showing great driving this race both smart and aggressive, if he had not hit something second place and he did not lose the boat. The boat has improved a lot , let's see what Seattle and San Diego hold. I think some people will be suprised.

Anonymous said...

The U-48 has, for whatever reason, suffered through all sorts of teething issues. It has nothing to do with David Williams driving abilities. It has nothing to do with the way the crew is preparing the boat. There just seem to be an amazing amount of gremlins that keep popping up. As each one gets addressed and fixed, something else crops up.

Trust me, the owner, driver, and crew are just as baffled and frustrated about what is going on. They are very dedicated to working it out...and between Dale Van Weirengen helping out to fix the ride of the boat, and the 37 guys helping with the engine and system issues, it WILL get better.

But let me tell you, I thought it was GREAT to see David running so well on Sunday. It's always easy to say 'yeah, it was running great right up to the point it crashed', but in this case, it really was. Best I've seen that boat run. Period.

I'm just glad David wasn't hurt. I'm sure he's sore...but it could have been much worse.

Anonymous said...

Hit something? You sure he didn't just let go of the wheel? How about giving a driver with a future like Jimmy Shane a shot and letting David Williams write about it.

HydroInsider.com said...

I don't whether it hit something or not, but I was there in the pits when they brought it back and the crew was thinking he might have. The rudder snapped and stuff flew all over. You could see it.

Nothing he could do but hang on and hope the boat didn't blow over.

HydroInsider.com said...

Here's a photo of the back of the U-48 when it came back to shore. You can see the snapped cable.

http://hydroinsider.blogspot.com/2008/07/u-48-ul-72-update.html

Anonymous said...

You guys crack me up... you have nothing better to do than bash on people who are out there DOING IT while you are sitting here on your ass TALKING ABOUT IT... These drivers (except for a couple) dont get paid diddly, either do their crews... Even if you win every race of the season, you wont even come close to breaking even... Leave David alone... The stress that is exerted on those boats in unbelieveable, I know first hand how easy it is to chase gremlins that dont appear until the boat is being stressed and tweaked to the max in the middle of the corner. David is one of the people that does everything he can to promote the sport... He writes books, drives, and gets into everything he can... Boat racing needs more David's, and less dimwits online trashing things that they really have NO friggin idea about....

Anonymous said...

Bravo comment above. There's a bit too much bashing of ABRA, Sites & drivers going on right now. This is supposed to be the series news site, not the place where people come to vent their spleen about whatever their pet hydroplane racing peeve is.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, no kidding. The next thing you know, this is going to lead to someone criticizing Mike Weber, and we.....oh, wait a minute. Wrong message board.

Nevermind.