No more ABRA - the new name is "H1 Unlimited"


The H1 Unlimited announced that they have retired the name American Boat Racing Association (ABRA) to reflect the international level the powerboats have obtained. Sam Cole (l), chairman of the H1 Unlimited and Sami Abu Shaikha, Officer of the Day for the U.I.M. revealed the logo a press conference in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Bill Osborne/H1 Unlimited.

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Get ready Qatar! Here come the hydros!

PHOTOS: More boat setup in Qatar







PHOTOS: Qatar boat setup








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PHOTO: Doha Panoramic View


Photo by Bill Osborne/ABRA

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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, www.abrahydroplanes.com


Photo by Bill Osborne/ABRA.

Stage set for the ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane World Championship

The excitement is beginning to build in Qatar, as officials and drivers from the United States of America arrive in Doha to make their final preparations for this weekend’s Oryx Cup UIM World Championship, the final round of the ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane World Championship and the first event of its kind to be staged outside the Americas.


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Tight points race coming down to duel in Doha

The closest Unlimited hydroplane points race in decades will be decided this weekend when the American Boat Racing Association wraps up its 2009 schedule in Doha, Qatar.

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David sets sights on hydroplane world title

Florida-based Steve David knows that he needs to stay out of trouble during this weekend’s Doha-based Oryx Cup UIM World Championship if he is to retain his ABRA Unlimited Hydroplane World High Point Championship title for a second year.

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