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2008 River Roar Makes Waves

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By: Stephen Kent

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Just for a change, the weather provided a challenge for the 2008 Dow River Roar. After years of clear skies and bright sun, the 2008 racers experienced overcast and a strong wind on Saturday followed by scattered thunderstorms on Sunday. The rain held off until just before the final race then sent many of the thousands of spectators scurrying for their vehicles. But a little rain is not going to stop these drivers. They work in a pretty wet environment regardless of the weather.

For most of the spectators, the action is all on the water. But there's a lot more that happens behind the scenes. Lou Howard at left is the APBA Inspector who insures a level playing field. "This is not your average boat race" said Howard. "This is a North American Championship event. We inspect the top two winners of each race then randomly select a third." Crew members dismantle the engine and the lower unit so Howard can check major parts. The fuel and weight are also checked. "It's rare to find intentional issues. More likely there could be an accidental fuel or weight problem."

After one heavy shower just before the final race, the rain tapered off for the fans who didn't mind getting a little wet. The sun came out for the final weigh in and the awards ceremony. As usual, it was a great race day in Bay City, wet or not!

Behind the scenes the pit crews insure that everything works.

Andy Rogers caught this great sequence of the yellow boat getting turned around!

A long day for one little fan while another finds a rain puddle all the entertainment she needs.

Close call as the red boat goes airborne

Race winner Shaun Torrente and his boat get weighed in after the race.

The traditional champagne spray takes on new significance when the entire
pit crew chases down Champ 2 winner, Bay City's own Jay Fox.

Champboat winners left to right:
Terry Rinker (2nd), Shaun Torrente (1st), Lynn Simburger (3rd)

The Summer Festival Season's off to a roaring start on Bay City's River front!
Next up: Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza!

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Stephen Kent

Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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