Miss GEICO - World's Fastest Offshore Race Boat - Set to be a Sensation at St. Clair River Classic

Jul 27, 2007, 01:00 ET from AMF Offshore Racing

    ST. CLAIR, Mich., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan has long been known
 as the land of the super-powered, turbo-charged unlimited hydroplane -- a
 go-fast performance boat that glides across the water at top speeds. This
 weekend, St. Clair fans will see that performance evolve to the next level
 of racing excitement when Miss GEICO, the world's fastest offshore boat,
 rocks the city's river.
     "Unlimited hydroplanes are the dragsters of boat racing," said Miss
 GEICO's driver and racing veteran Marc Granet, "When it comes to hitting
 top speeds on a straight shot -- you can't beat the show that unlimited
 hydroplanes provide. Miss GEICO combines that power and level of
 performance with the versatility of a classic offshore catamaran -- it's
 like nothing this sport has ever seen."
     This weekend's races are an ideal next step in Miss GEICO's 2007
 season. Michigan has been good to this top shelf-team that defines itself
 by its experienced pros and committed crew. Working together, the men and
 women behind the hot lady gecko set expectations high and exceeded every
 bar set in an exhibition of expertise earlier this month.
     "I'm so proud of our work this year," said Miss GEICO owner John
 Haggin. "We're pioneering this innovative new frontier of running an
 offshore boat in unlimited hydroplane territory. In Detroit we proved it
 can be done. In St. Clair -- we'll show everyone just how well it can be
 done.'
     "The more we add to the sport of offshore boat racing -- the more we
 push and perfect our craft -- the better the sport is for everyone, racers,
 fans -- everyone," he said.
     The reputation of the St. Clair River is a key factor that backs up the
 team's promises of go-fast, fan-friendly fun. "The St. Clair is an
 explorer's river," Granet said. "It welcomes those brave enough to take on
 its current in new and unexpected ways. In the 1700's voyagers traveled its
 39 mile length in canoes, carrying fur for Europe's elite. This weekend, it
 will realize its latest purpose when it becomes a palette for unparalleled
 performance."
     Miss GEICO, capable of reaching top speeds of more than 180 miles an
 hour, is propelled by turbine-powered engines -- the same ones that saw
 victory in the First Gulf War, now make winning a certainty for this
 pioneering team. "We're adding excitement and increasing expectations,"
 Haggin said. "Every race is another opportunity to bring greatness to the
 sport and excitement to our fans."
     For more on the power behind Miss GEICO's performance, call Kanika
 Tomalin at 727-742-7108.
     Complete engine specifications for the AMF Offshore "Miss Geico"
 turbine- engine powered boat follow.
               Specifications: "Miss GEICO" Unlimited Hydroplane
 
                              2007 Miss Geico MTI.
 
                   Builder: Marine Technologies Incorporated
                      Materials: Composite, Carbon, Epoxy
                                Length: 44 feet
                                  Beam: 10' 6
                               Weight: 10,000lbs
                             Fuel: 500 Gal Capacity
                         Type: Jet- A, Kerosene, Diesel
                       Engines: Lycoming T-53 703 series
                              Drives: BPM, Surface
                              Horsepower: 1850 x 2
                   Propellers: Precision, High Strength Alloy
                            Rudder: Carbon Stainless
                          Paint: House of Colors, EFX
 
                            Performance: 185+ MPH!!!
 
 
 
                  2007 St. Clair River Offshore Race Schedule
 
     FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2007
     All Day                     Arrival of Race Boats; Viewing in Dry Pits
     All Day                     Avenue of Vendors
     Per Schedule                Entertainment in Palmer Park
       12:00 PM - 3:00 PM          Registration - St. Clair Inn, Chart Room
        9:00 AM - 4:00 PM          Inspections
        4:30 PM -11:00 PM          Hospitality and Beer Tents Open
        5:00 PM - 6:00 PM          Driver's Meeting - St. Clair Inn, River Room
 
     SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2007
     All Day                      Race Boats on Display in Dry Pits
     All Day                      Avenue of Vendors
     Per Schedule                 Entertainment in Palmer Park
        7:30 AM                     Course buoys set
        7:30 AM - 8:30 AM           Drivers / Team Physicals at St. Clair Fire
                                     Hall
        8:00 AM - 6:00 PM           Crane Operational
       10:00 AM - 4:00 PM           Registration - St. Clair Inn, Chart Room
       10:00 AM - 5:00 PM           Race Control Operational, on platform
       12:00 PM - 4:00 PM           Insured and Permitted Testing - St. Clair
                                     River
       11:00 AM -11:00 PM          Hospitality Tents & Beer Tent Open
        2:30 PM - 4:00 PM           Timed Speed Runs - St. Clair River
 
     SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007
     All Day                       Avenue of Vendors - Along Riverside Avenue
     Per Schedule                  Entertainment in Palmer Park
        7:30 AM - 8:30 AM            Drivers / Team Physicals at St. Clair Fire
                                      Hall
        7:30 AM                    Course buoys set
        8:00 AM - 6:00 PM            Crane in Operation
        8:30 AM                      Medical / Dive Briefing, Fire Hall
        9:00 AM                    PATCOM Law Enforcement Briefing, Boat Harbor
        9:00 AM -10:00 AM            Drivers Meetings -St. Clair Inn, River
                                      Room
       10:00 AM - 5:00 PM            Race Control Operational
       10:30 AM                    Course Support Fleet on station
       11:40 AM (tentative)          National Anthems in Park; Flag Float Down
       12:00 PM - 9:00 PM            Hospitality Tents Open
       12:00 NOON                  FIRST RACE (subject to adjustment)
        1:30 PM                    SECOND RACE (subject to adjustment)
        3:00 PM                    THIRD RACE (subject to adjustment)
                                   Awards Ceremony
 
 

SOURCE AMF Offshore Racing
    ST. CLAIR, Mich., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan has long been known
 as the land of the super-powered, turbo-charged unlimited hydroplane -- a
 go-fast performance boat that glides across the water at top speeds. This
 weekend, St. Clair fans will see that performance evolve to the next level
 of racing excitement when Miss GEICO, the world's fastest offshore boat,
 rocks the city's river.
     "Unlimited hydroplanes are the dragsters of boat racing," said Miss
 GEICO's driver and racing veteran Marc Granet, "When it comes to hitting
 top speeds on a straight shot -- you can't beat the show that unlimited
 hydroplanes provide. Miss GEICO combines that power and level of
 performance with the versatility of a classic offshore catamaran -- it's
 like nothing this sport has ever seen."
     This weekend's races are an ideal next step in Miss GEICO's 2007
 season. Michigan has been good to this top shelf-team that defines itself
 by its experienced pros and committed crew. Working together, the men and
 women behind the hot lady gecko set expectations high and exceeded every
 bar set in an exhibition of expertise earlier this month.
     "I'm so proud of our work this year," said Miss GEICO owner John
 Haggin. "We're pioneering this innovative new frontier of running an
 offshore boat in unlimited hydroplane territory. In Detroit we proved it
 can be done. In St. Clair -- we'll show everyone just how well it can be
 done.'
     "The more we add to the sport of offshore boat racing -- the more we
 push and perfect our craft -- the better the sport is for everyone, racers,
 fans -- everyone," he said.
     The reputation of the St. Clair River is a key factor that backs up the
 team's promises of go-fast, fan-friendly fun. "The St. Clair is an
 explorer's river," Granet said. "It welcomes those brave enough to take on
 its current in new and unexpected ways. In the 1700's voyagers traveled its
 39 mile length in canoes, carrying fur for Europe's elite. This weekend, it
 will realize its latest purpose when it becomes a palette for unparalleled
 performance."
     Miss GEICO, capable of reaching top speeds of more than 180 miles an
 hour, is propelled by turbine-powered engines -- the same ones that saw
 victory in the First Gulf War, now make winning a certainty for this
 pioneering team. "We're adding excitement and increasing expectations,"
 Haggin said. "Every race is another opportunity to bring greatness to the
 sport and excitement to our fans."
     For more on the power behind Miss GEICO's performance, call Kanika
 Tomalin at 727-742-7108.
     Complete engine specifications for the AMF Offshore "Miss Geico"
 turbine- engine powered boat follow.
               Specifications: "Miss GEICO" Unlimited Hydroplane
 
                              2007 Miss Geico MTI.
 
                   Builder: Marine Technologies Incorporated
                      Materials: Composite, Carbon, Epoxy
                                Length: 44 feet
                                  Beam: 10' 6
                               Weight: 10,000lbs
                             Fuel: 500 Gal Capacity
                         Type: Jet- A, Kerosene, Diesel
                       Engines: Lycoming T-53 703 series
                              Drives: BPM, Surface
                              Horsepower: 1850 x 2
                   Propellers: Precision, High Strength Alloy
                            Rudder: Carbon Stainless
                          Paint: House of Colors, EFX
 
                            Performance: 185+ MPH!!!
 
 
 
                  2007 St. Clair River Offshore Race Schedule
 
     FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2007
     All Day                     Arrival of Race Boats; Viewing in Dry Pits
     All Day                     Avenue of Vendors
     Per Schedule                Entertainment in Palmer Park
       12:00 PM - 3:00 PM          Registration - St. Clair Inn, Chart Room
        9:00 AM - 4:00 PM          Inspections
        4:30 PM -11:00 PM          Hospitality and Beer Tents Open
        5:00 PM - 6:00 PM          Driver's Meeting - St. Clair Inn, River Room
 
     SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2007
     All Day                      Race Boats on Display in Dry Pits
     All Day                      Avenue of Vendors
     Per Schedule                 Entertainment in Palmer Park
        7:30 AM                     Course buoys set
        7:30 AM - 8:30 AM           Drivers / Team Physicals at St. Clair Fire
                                     Hall
        8:00 AM - 6:00 PM           Crane Operational
       10:00 AM - 4:00 PM           Registration - St. Clair Inn, Chart Room
       10:00 AM - 5:00 PM           Race Control Operational, on platform
       12:00 PM - 4:00 PM           Insured and Permitted Testing - St. Clair
                                     River
       11:00 AM -11:00 PM          Hospitality Tents & Beer Tent Open
        2:30 PM - 4:00 PM           Timed Speed Runs - St. Clair River
 
     SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007
     All Day                       Avenue of Vendors - Along Riverside Avenue
     Per Schedule                  Entertainment in Palmer Park
        7:30 AM - 8:30 AM            Drivers / Team Physicals at St. Clair Fire
                                      Hall
        7:30 AM                    Course buoys set
        8:00 AM - 6:00 PM            Crane in Operation
        8:30 AM                      Medical / Dive Briefing, Fire Hall
        9:00 AM                    PATCOM Law Enforcement Briefing, Boat Harbor
        9:00 AM -10:00 AM            Drivers Meetings -St. Clair Inn, River
                                      Room
       10:00 AM - 5:00 PM            Race Control Operational
       10:30 AM                    Course Support Fleet on station
       11:40 AM (tentative)          National Anthems in Park; Flag Float Down
       12:00 PM - 9:00 PM            Hospitality Tents Open
       12:00 NOON                  FIRST RACE (subject to adjustment)
        1:30 PM                    SECOND RACE (subject to adjustment)
        3:00 PM                    THIRD RACE (subject to adjustment)
                                   Awards Ceremony
 
 SOURCE AMF Offshore Racing