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1963 HS Inductees


*In observance of the Association’s 60th anniversary, five members were selected for 1963 

Sam L. GriffithOne of the greatest names in open water racing, Griffith created the Gold Coast Marathon in Florida, was a founder of the Orange Bowl Regatta and Pelican Harbor Yacht Club in Miami.  He broke Gar Wood’s 41-year-old record for the Miami-New York run, won the Miami-Nassau race, and was an outstanding sportsman and promoter of international boat racing.
Al HartHart started racing Inboards in 1919, and switched to Outboards in 1929.  Hart became well-known on the West Coast as a marine and aircraft engine specialist.  For over 44 years he served as APBA inspector, scorer, referee, race chairman, racing commissioner, chief measurer, Region 11 Chairman and committee member.
Emile F. JacobyAlong with his brother and father, Fred Jacoby Jr. and Sr., Emile built and raced the famous Jacoby Outboards.  For 30 years Emile served as commodore of the New Jersey Outboard Association and contributed much to intercollegiate Outboard meets.  He donated a special medal for outstanding performance in Outboard racing.
William A. SmithA member since 1933 of many legal, insurance and administrative committees, Smith served APBA for over 30 years as Chief Counsel, legal advisor and litigator.  An honorary APBA life member and vice president, Smith held every grade in the U.S. Power Squadrons, was a U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary district commodore, and helped promote fair boat legislation in various states.
Charles F. ThompsonOne of the country’s outstanding boat racing drivers, Thompson set records and was a consistent winner in both Outboard and Unlimited classes (driving the Miss Pepsi), and was 1951-52 High Point winner.  He won the President’s Cup four times.  He also served on numerous commissions and committees, and was a member of the Gulf Hall of Fame and the Gulf 100 MPH Club.