I spent a little time this afternoon at the Thunder On The Creek at the Alum Creek Reservoir in Lewis Center. The hydroplane boats were fun to watch although they were hard to see. They’re so flat that the water spray concealed the actual boat. They were noisy as expected. The Murph went along and with the bang of the starter gun and the noise of the engine, he was shaking in Chicken Little mode.
The boats were grouped according to hp with the smallest ones getting a head start. Thereafter, the segments started every 10 seconds. The fastest boat – a yellow one – was the last. You’ll be able to see it, since it was a larger boat than the first ones to take off.
Would you like something exciting to do this weekend? ThisWeekNews is reporting that on Saturday, the 19th, “Thunder on the Creek” will occur at the north beach area of Alum Creek.
It will be a hydroplane power boat exhibition and is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. The races will feature both current and vintage hydroplanes. The entire event runs from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The boat illustrated here is not a hydroplane. The hydroplanes are the ones we sometimes see doing somersaults in the air.
I enjoyed going to the car races through downtown Columbus many years ago, so this should be exciting as well. I love speed. As Tom said in Top Gun … “I have the NEED for SPEED!”