PHOTO: Brian Perkins goes for a camel ride


Brian Perkins, driver of the U-48 Go Fast Turn Left Unlimited Hydroplane turned in his race boat seat for a saddle and girth on a camel at a camel race track north of Doha, Qatar. After his laps as a gentleman jockey Perkins said he enjoys being one of the 10 hydroplane drivers racing in the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship Nov 19-21.

“When I had the opportunity to get on one, I was surprised as to how high I was once they stood up, Perkins said. “I must have been ten feet in the air.”

Hejen Racing Committee hosted the unlimited drivers, their families, race officials and race crews.

Other driver's who participated were Ken Muscatel (U-25), Jeff Bernard (U-5), J. Michael Kelly (U-7), Mike Webster (U-22), Jean Theoret (U-37) and Nate Brown (U-17). Brian Perkins along with Steve David have agreed to share their daily experiences in Doha on the ABRA's web site,

Photo by Bill Osborne/ABRA.