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1977 HS Inductees

J. Otto CrockerCrocker is synonymous with world-recognized official timing of speed events. In the late 1930s Otto developed the Selenium Metal Light Beam Sensitive Timing Equipment which was used for decades. Crocker speed equipment was used at over 2000 world speed events in all categories, with accuracy up to .001 second.  The equipment Otto developed and constantly improved over the years was not restricted to timing powerboats; the Crocker Timing System could record anything with unquestionable results.  Many felt his advancements were as great a step forward from manually operated stopwatches as Thomas Edison’s electric light was over the kerosene lamp.
R. Allen "Pappa" SmithSmith was associated with Outboard racing since 1927 when he set the first of many Outboard records.  Not only did Mr. Smith make his mark on APBA in the Bayou Country, he earned a worldwide reputation for his skill in preparing racing motors.  He was probably best known for his propeller wizardry.  Hundreds of drivers in the U.S., South Africa, Australia and Europe won races with Pappa Smith propellers. One who nominated him said, “R. Allen Smith has worked, lived and loved the sport of Outboard racing for the past 50 years.”
Rocky StoneStone started racing in 1938 and since then garnered innumerable High Points Awards, National Championships and records. Among his major awards are the Hearst Trophy, the George H. Townsend Medal and the Col. Green Round Hill Trophy.  He dominated C Racing Runabout and C Racing Hydro through 1970.  Rocky also drove Stock and in 1955 set the DU five-mile competition record. Meanwhile, Rocky served on the APBA Outboard Racing Commission, and as an inspector, contributing out of his own pocket to put on the kilo trials and races at Devil’s Lake OR.  A member of the Gulf Racing Hall of Fame, he also received Outboard Magazine’s Silver Prop Award and Yachting Magazine’s All-American Award. He was not only a proven competitor, but a friend and helping hand to many, many newcomers to this great sport.
Ann StrangStrang likely witnessed and wrote about more power boat races than anyone else. Starting in 1937 she faithfully attended Outboard races in the East and Midwest where her son Charlie competed (sometimes even winning).  The Strang family’s interest encompassed practically every category of power boat racing, and Ann and Charlie Strang could be found at races nearly every week. Not content to limit her activities to reporting on races, she sat through endless hours of Council, committee and commission meetings, reporting back via Propeller to the membership.