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1978 HS Inductees

George W. Byers, Jr.Byers started racing Outboards in 1940 and won National awards.  From 1954 to 1962, as owner-driver, he dominated the 7-Litre Inboard hydroplane class, winning five Nationals and establishing numerous World Records.  After a severe injury in 1962, he devoted his skills to the Unlimited class, first as the Drivers’ Representative and, from 1970 on, serving capably as Unlimited Vice President.  He made outstanding contributions not only to the growth of that class but to the entire sport of power boat racing.
Bob BallingerAn active member of APBA since 1939, he first competed successfully in the 225 class.  He later moved into the 266 class, where he held the World Record for two years.  In addition to competing, he was instrumental in formulating many of the technical rules. After retiring from competition he served the sport in many official capacities at the local, regional and national levels. A member of Council for 18 years, he encouraged and assisted many with the overall goal of improving the sport at all levels.