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Enjoying the hydroplanes of the 80's. Reminisce about the great rivals The Atlas the bud Cirus Circus, pay n pak miller American and many more the advances that were made and the safety that was innovated
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I have been a fan since the 1950s and it seems to me that the 80's were the beginning of the unlmiteds downturn. The Atlas and Budweiser teams so dominated the sport that potential sponsors turned away. If you look at Jim Sharkey's "Whose Who" you can see how bad it got. In 1981, Bud won 6 of 8 races, in 1982 it was 5 of 9, in 1984 it was 6 of 10. Then Miller won 5 of 9 in 1985 and 5 of 10 in 1986. They finally dropped out after 1987 when they won none, and Bud won 6 of 9. Being a fan of Tom D'Eath I enjoyed the duel of 1990 between him and Chip, but I don't think it was particularly good for the sport. In retrospect, changes probably should have been made in the eighties to keep the competition more even. Maybe the print and tv media would have then paid more attention to the sport, and it wouldn't have contracted as far as it has today.
love the eighties races. Many through 1985 I got to see on TV even here in CO.
before the local stations stopped airing them. I always thought the Executone never got its due,
Thanks for this group
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