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1971 HS Inductees

Merlyn M. CulverStarting as a race driver in California in 1929, he drove alky and Stock Outboards, Outboard Pleasure Craft and Inboards throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  In 1946 and ’47 he won the Inboard 135 ci hydro National Championship as well as High Points.  Member of the Gulf Marine Hall of Fame and Gulf 100 MPH Club, Culver was an active referee; served on the Inboard and Stock Outboard Racing commissions and on the APBA Council.  He was also Secretary, Senior Vice President and President of APBA, and Honorary Vice President and Honorary Life Member. 
Ray GassnerUntil retiring from race driving in 1967 Ray was considered by many to be the best known sports personality to represent St. Petersburg FL for a quarter of a century.  His racing victories included the Seattle Seafair Trophy race and the Miami Grand Prix.  He was a former 266 hydro national champion and a 7 Litre record-holder.  In his obituary, sportwriter Red Marston wrote, “Honors he took with modesty.  Losses he accepted with dignity.  He never forgot to say thanks.  Ray loved victory but he wasn’t dying to win.” 
Gerald WaldmanIn over 20 years of driving almost every Alky and Stock Outboard class, Jerry earned almost every honor and was regarded as the drivers’ driver.  He set new records and won one or more national championships almost every year for a generation — all despite two serious accidents that might have ended the career of a less determined competitor.  At the 1971 Outboard Nationals, Waldman won an unprecedented set of titles in A, C, D and F Hydro.