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1972 HS Inductees

Charles F. GraffinGraffin was known to the current generation of boat racers as one of the busiest referees on the APBA roster.  In that capacity he handled Orange Bowl regattas and national championships for Inboards, Outboards and Outboard Pleasure Craft.  Only veterans of the sport remember Charlie as the riding mechanic and engineering genius of some of the top racing boats of the 1930s.
Dr. Robert MagoonMagoon began a career in ocean racing in 1967, establishing records in both the Inboard and Outboard divisions, with consistency being his hallmark.  Between 1967 and 1969 he started and finished 17 straight races, winning the National Offshore Outboard Championship in 1968, and again in 1970.  He added the Inboard National Offshore Championship in 1971 and 1972. He finished all of the first five Bahama 500 events in third place or better.  In 1971 he finished eight major Offshore events with six firsts, one second and one third.
Joseph Van Blerck Sr.Van Blerck, Sr., was born in Holland in 1876, and came to the U.S. at the age of 24.  After a 10-year association with Henry Ford, he formed the Van Blerck Motor Company, pioneering development and manufacture of high-performance marine engines.  His innovations made Van Blerck engines standard for almost every early hydroplane and racing runabout.  In 1914 he drove the Van Blerck powered Kitty Hawk to a record of 60 MPH.  Through 1925 his power plants propelled boats to victories and records in all of the major boat races.  He was also a pioneer in the design and development of stern drive units and many of his inventions are now standard on marine engines.