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1975 HS Inductees

Kay and Fred HallettIn 1945 Fred, a well-known builder of midget race car engines, built a power plant for a 135 hydro owner who blew the one-mile record almost out of sight.  Since then Kay and Fred were hooked on boat racing.  As a team, they were vital to the sport at the local club, regional and national levels.  They gave unstintingly of their time and efforts as race chairmen and referees, putting on events from the 1951 Stock Outboard Nationals to local club races.  Both served many years on the APBA Council and racing commissions, as well as many technical and regatta management committees.  Their unselfish support of our sport as a team is unequalled in the annals of APBA.
Alton PiersonPierson earned great respect from all facets of power boat racing.  As a driver, he won national High Point titles in several Inboard hydroplane classes, primarily in the 280 class.  He was a member of the 100 MPH Club and the Gulf Marine Hall of Fame.  Since retiring from racing after serious injuries, he continued to contribute to the sport.  One of Region 4’s most active members, he also served on Council, the Inboard Racing Commission and several technical committees.  As Commodore of the Kent Island Racing Club, he was behind one of the outstanding races in the East.  As one Honor Squadron member put it, “He is a gentleman, a fellow well met, and all who know him consider him a friend.”