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Patrick Verd
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Slo-Mo-Shun lV
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Boyhood Memories

Yes, growing up on Hunt's Point in the 50's was a great time, especially considering the fact that Stan Sayres was our next door neighbor ! Watching him build and race the "Slo-Mo's" was very special to me, and a lot of other kids that lived on the Point. Many were the times we went over to the boathouse, and eagerly watched as they worked on the boats, which Mr. Sayres allowed most of the time, as long as we stayed out of the way, and didn't interrupt their work. Once in awhile, one of the crew would toss us an old sparkplug they had removed from one of the engines.....wow, was that cool !
But, I think one of the things that was really special, would be the times when we were sitting at home, and all of a sudden, hear the distinctive sound of one of the Slo-Mo's firing up next door, and we would run out on our dock, in time to see one of the boats coming out from the Sayre's dock, turn down into Cozy Cove, in front our house, and idle down to the far end of the bay. Then...the sound of them turning, and opening her up to full throttle, and come racing back up the bay, roostertail flying high......what a thrill that was !!

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