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1987 HS Inductees

Bill ChilcottChilcott of Carmichael, CA, joined APBA in 1961 after two years as a limited Inboard driver. A professional engineer, Chilcott studied racing accidents; and analyzed life jackets, helmets and other racing gear, as well as cockpits and controls. He conducted tests where he reconstructed accidents.  For over 15 years his tests supplied countless data that often refuted longstanding theories.  His goal was to make race boat driving safer without sacrificing speed.  Chilcott’s approaches were discussed at Annual Meetings for many years by drivers, designers, crew chiefs and officials.
Gary GarbrechtGarbrecht of Lake Hamilton, FL, was interested in boating, racing and high performance since his youth when the lure of the marine industry caught his attention. He used this fascination to earn his living in this field — one of the few sportsmen to successfully combine his vocation with his avocation. Garbrecht’s enthusiasm for the sport and his business enabled him to make many contributions to the sport of powerboat racing.  He devoted much time and money to the development and use of lifesaving devices. If he had an obsession, it was to make racing safer.
Leonard KellerKeller influenced, assisted and inspired over two generations of boat racers. At the 1934 National Championships in Richmond VA, Keller saw a need for a more precise and reliable water speedometer.  He designed and developed a meter with accuracy to 65 MPH. Serious boat racers in all classes sought them out. From producing speedometers to international acceptance, Keller branched out to design and manufacture a superior, automatic shutoff hand throttle. He was also known for fabricating special parts overnight to remedy critical part failures.  There are countless stories of Keller’s contributions to inexperienced drivers as well as National Champions and record holders.
George SimonFrom 1953 through 1976, George Simon and Miss US Unlimited hydroplanes were familiar sights at the APBA Gold Cup and other Unlimited races. His innovative designs first appeared on various Miss US hulls and power plants. Perhaps Simon won his most outstanding honor in 1962 at Guntersville AL. Roy Duby piloted the Miss US I through the one-mile straightaway at an average speed of 200.419 MPH, a new record for a propeller-driven boat. Simon’s pioneering work in hull design won him the 1976 APBA Gold Cup.  In 1963 he won a landmark tax case against the IRS, which validated Unlimited racing as a legitimate business expense.  The decision opened the door for national sponsorship.