Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison
ready to take on the competition
U-6 crew hopes winter upgrades
will project boat to victory
(June 27, 2008) After completing one of the most
successful seasons last year in its entire 47-year racing history, the
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison team will enter 2008 ready for
battle. The team hopes to beat its three consecutive second-place
finishes in the National High Points and capture the American Boat Racing
Association championship this year.
by Don Ward
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss
Madison team received a new hull
during the 2007 racing season. The
boat is show here at last year
At the annual Madison Regatta, scheduled for July 4-6,
the team will be competing for the coveted Indiana Governors Cup.
Miss Madison last won its hometown race in 2001.
We ended the 2007 season with back-to-back wins and hope that
success propels us forward for the new season, said driver Steve
David, a Realtor who resides in Lighthouse Point, Fla. He spoke in a
June telephone interview with the RoundAbout.
During the offseason in 2007, the Unlimited hydroplane received a new
hull designed to have better weight distribution for quicker starts
and faster turns. That, along with other improvements added to the boat,
helped the U-6 team add to its success of the past few seasons.
The 2007 racing season for the Miss Madison included victories at Seattle
in the Chevrolet Cup and later at San Diego in the Bill Muncey Cup.
The team also finished first or second in 19 out of the 24 heats entered.
Miss Madison crew chief Mike Hanson said the winter months prior to
the 2008 season were spent acquiring lots of new parts for the boat.
We always strive to put our best foot forward each year,
said Hanson during a June interview. This year, we hope to bring
things together and better our success of the past few years.
David said the team was about 1 percent off the mark last
season but worked on tweaking the gear ratio and other improvements
during the time off from racing.
With the new hull, we had to feel our way out at first, but we
made remarkable improvements and had great consistency throughout the
season. With the changes we made over the winter, we should be stronger
coming out of the box this year.
David has been driving the Miss Madison since 1991. He was an accomplished
driver prior to taking the job. David took time off from racing in 2000
when his father died. In 2001, team manager Charlie Grooms called and
asked David to drive the Unlimited hydroplane.
I had raced against Madison for years and had high regards for
the team, David said. I thought it would be a perfect team
for me because everyone on it has a great desire to win. He also
knew that the U-6 team was his fathers favorite team.
by Don Ward
Boy! Oberto driver Steve
David (right) talks with Larry
Oberto in the pits after winning
an early heat last year.
Owned by the people of the city of Madison, the U-6 Miss
Madison races under the sponsorship of Oh Boy! Oberto meat products.
Over its racing history, the boat has claimed a pair of victories on
home waters, the 1971 APBA Gold Cup with driver Jim McCormick and the
2001 Indiana Governors Cup with driver Steve David. McCormicks
victory was made into a movie called Madison and starred
actor Jim Caviezel, Jake Lloyd and Mary McCormack. It was initially
released nationally in April 2005 and went to DVD a few months later.
Representing Miss Madison Inc. is Bob Hughes, who has served as president
of the board of directors for more than 30 years. Hughes, who won the
Unlimited Sportsman of the Year Award in 1983 and the prestigious Gar
Wood Award in 2003, said he is excited about the upcoming season.
Although the competition will be as tough as it has been in the
past few years, we believe Miss Madison will do even better than last
year, he said. Weve got a fantastic crew, and they
have worked hard over the off-season to get things ready for the season.
Admission wristbands for the 2008 Madison Regatta are $25 beginning
June 30 and thereafter. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free.
Wristbands are valid for all three days July 4-6. Wristbands
may be purchased at the Madison Regatta office on Vaughn Drive. The
office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Wristbands may also be
purchased at the following locations: American Legion Post No. 9; The
Bottle Shop; Cork-N-Bottle; CVS Pharmacy Hilltop and Hanover;
Fillin Station Liquors; Hanover Liquor Store; Kroger; Madison
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; all MainSource Bank locations;
Riverside Produce in Milton, Ky.; and all River Valley Financial Bank
branch locations. Two service clubs, the Rotary Club and Lions Club,
are also selling them.
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