Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison
on a roll with two races left
seeking its third straight
(September 2010) With Steve David driving,
the Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison community owned Unlimited hydroplane
won the season-opening race for the Indiana Governors Cup at Madison,
Ind., and took second in the APBA Gold Cup at Detroit. The team then
headed west for two events in the state of Washington at the Tri-Cities
(Kennewick-Pasco-Richland) and Seattle.
by Joe Saba
Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison
won the 2010 Madison Regatta-
Indiana Governors Cup, and is the
favorite to win the National
High Points Championship.
The Tri-Cities race emerged as a repeat triumph. On July
25, Oh Boy! Oberto captured its third straight Columbia Cup on the Columbia
Dave Villwock and Spirit Of Qatar, the Gold Cup winners, appeared to
have the Tri-Cities race won but were called for a driving infraction
in the final turn of the Final Heat and had to run a penalty lap. This
dropped them from first to fifth-place in the corrected order of finish.
Oh Boy! Oberto finished well ahead of second-place J. Michael Kelly
and Graham Trucking in the Columbia Cup Final Heat.
In the words of David, Winning the three peat was our goal. Its
a tremendous accomplishment for our whole team and I am very proud of
all of them.
This marked the sixth race win for the current Oh Boy! Oberto hull,
built in 2007. It won at Seattle and San Diego during its debut season,
at Madison in 2010, and at the Tri-Cities from 2008 onward.
Miss Madison Inc., which represents the City of Madison, now has four
Tri-Cities triumphs. The team won in 1971 with the late Jim McCormick
On Aug. 8 in Seattle, the Miss Madison team chalked up another win.
David and Villwock battled each other and a rough Lake Washington throughout
the five-lap Final Heat of the 2010 Albert Lee Cup with David using
the inside lane advantage to take a close win. The outcome was in doubt
right down to the last two seconds of the race.
The combination of high speed and rough water had both boats high out
of the water and on the ragged edge throughout the final with David
saying, The trick was to keep the prop in the water so it was
pushing the boat, which meant you had to get the nose in the air.
Winning in Seattle is so special, David continued. Its
our sponsor Art Obertos 83rd birthday, the Oberto company is located
here and we had a lot of their friends and family with us.
David also pointed out that it was the teams third win of the
season and added, That is something we have never done before.
Just another reason why this win is special.
With four down and two races remaining on the 2010 H1 Unlimited calendar,
Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison is favored to win its third straight National
High Point Championship for the for the city of Madison and its 13,000
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