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1982 HS Inductees

Dan ArenaArena dominated Unlimited hydroplane racing for 20 years as a designer and builder while delivering some stunning performances as a driver. He won or placed in every major Unlimited race in the 1940s including the President’s Cup and the National Sweepstakes Regatta. Arena also set a one-mile record of 100.987 MPH in 1940, the first 100-MPH-plus mark for a limited engine displacement boat. Lending his golden touch to Gale, Miss U.S. and Such Crust, Arena designed many of the outstanding Gold Cup class Thunderboats of the 1940s and ’50s.  He was a true innovator in the sport.
John CulverCulver established a reputation in APBA as an outstanding official and officer as well as a competitor.  He entered power boat racing as Crew Chief for his father Merlyn Culver, a fellow Squadron member.  He competed successfully in Stock and Inboard before joining the then-fledgling OPC category and becoming its first Vice President.  He also served as Offshore Chief Inspector.  An ardent supporter of APBA as well as a fine official and dedicated sportsman, Culver’s enthusiasm has brought many others into the sport.